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New HyDrone Equipment Increases Safety and Accuracy for Survey Team

Posted on Wednesday, October 14th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Surveying, tagged in hydrone affinis survey

The Affinis survey team has been using a new, remote-controlled Unmanned Survey Vessel (USV) to gather measurements on bodies of water. This new tool, called the HyDrone, increases safety, efficiency, and accuracy in the field. We recently asked Garrett Spease, Field Crew Member and GIS Specialist, to share more about how it’s used and why […]

An Inside Look at the KC Chamber’s Centurions Program: Initial Thoughts and Impressions

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by Kristen Leathers
In Community, Culture, tagged in kcchamber centurions leadership program

In late August, the KC Chamber kicked-off the Centurions Leadership Program. I was selected to participate in the Fall 2020 class. Over the course of the next two years, I’ll be periodically sharing updates on my experience. You can expect to see key takeaways and lessons learned from this beneficial program in our new blog […]

Cindy Martens to Retire in October

Posted on Wednesday, September 30th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in cindy martens

Today, we’d like to share that Cindy Martens, SPHR-SCP, our Manager of Recruiting and Retention, will retire in October. Over the course of her career, she’s helped attract and retain talented co-workers who embody our firm’s principles. Cindy has worked at Affinis for 15 years. When we asked her to describe how the firm has […]

An Inside Look at the KC Streetcar’s Construction

Posted on Wednesday, September 23rd, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Construction Services, tagged in kc streetcar construction

Before working at our firm, John McCanless, a Senior Project Representative at Affinis, helped perform construction observation on the KC Streetcar project. The line was constructed in downtown Kansas City, Missouri and spans approximately 2.2 miles. It opened in 2016 and has quickly made its mark on the community. We recently interviewed John to learn more […]

USACE Protects 27,000 Residences with Large Scale Levee Raise

Posted on Wednesday, September 9th, 2020 by Linda Rottinghaus
In Federal Services, tagged in usace-kc-levee-raise

In 1993, flooding caused water to reach to top of the levees in Kansas City. To protect businesses and residences from future floods, the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) has embarked on the process of raising 60 miles of levees along the Kansas river, as well as a small section of the Missouri […]

Co-Worker News: 3 New Hires

Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, tagged in affinis new co-workers

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to three, new co-workers. Addison Miller has joined our team as a traffic engineer. We’ve also added Mark Hoppe a senior project engineer, and Sam Ramirez will now be leading our railroad efforts as our new rail manager. You can learn more about each person by following these links: […]

Evaluating Risk and Resilience in Stormwater Systems

Posted on Friday, August 28th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Stormwater, tagged in stormwater risk and resiliency

The practice of risk and resilience assessment has been around for years for the evaluation of dams, levees, and bridges, because if one were to fail, the effects would be catastrophic. Now, we are seeing risk and resiliency evaluations being applied more broadly to stormwater systems. It is being used to prioritize stormwater improvements and […]

Affinis Named a “Best Firm to Work For”

Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Accolades, tagged in http://affinis.us/affinis-named-best-firm-work/

We are excited to announce Affinis has been named a “Best Firm to Work For” by the Zweig Group. This is the 12th time we have been recognized with this honor. This year, we came in at number eight in the 1-49 employee category. The “Best Firm to Work For” award honors the creation of […]

AEC Internship Partnership Key Takeaways

Posted on Wednesday, August 5th, 2020 by Peggy Amor
In Culture, Interns, tagged in engineering internship program affinsi

This year, our two returning interns participated in the 2020 AEC Internship Partnership. Organized by BHC Rhodes, it was created to offer participants exposure to the project life cycle, partner relationships, and disciplines outside of their course of study. Our firm worked with the City of Blue Springs, Missouri; Hollis + Miller Architects; and Kissick […]

Olathe to Improve Capacity on 159th Street with Redesigned Intersection

Posted on Wednesday, July 29th, 2020 by Mike McKenna
In Traffic, tagged in olathe traffic control improvement

The City of Olathe, Kansas was facing capacity issues at the 159th Street and Blackbob intersection. The four-way stop was busy during typical peak hours and was even worse on weekends due to youth sports events in the area. Traffic was slow, and a new design was needed to increase flow and improve safety. Affinis […]