Author Archives: Kristen Leathers-Gratton

City of Merriam Improves Roadways for Busy Commercial Area

Posted on Wednesday, February 16th, 2022 by
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The pavement on East Frontage Road had deteriorated over time, and the City of Merriam, Kansas wanted to bring the roadway up to city standards. Their goals were to improve the overall lifespan of the street and the drivability of this busy commercial area. They also wanted to increase pedestrian access and safety. The city […]

President’s Corner: Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going

Posted on Wednesday, February 9th, 2022 by
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This year, Affinis turns 21, and in commemoration, we’re launching a year-long campaign that celebrates our clients, co-workers, and colleagues. But, before we begin celebrating our 21st Birthday with you, we wanted to take a look back at 2021. We’re proud of what we accomplished and know we couldn’t have done it without the continued […]

An Inside Look at the KC Chamber’s Centurions Program: reStart

Posted on Wednesday, June 16th, 2021 by
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I’ve been participating in the KC Chamber’s Centurions Leadership Program since September 2020. In November, taskforce events were paused due to COVID and the inability to meet in-person. However, we continued the work with our committees. Our taskforce efforts resumed with virtual events in May with the potential for in-person, small group gatherings. Though the Chamber […]

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

Posted on Wednesday, October 7th, 2020 by
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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 […]

Concrete Roadways Offer Benefits to Overland Park Residents and the City

Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2020 by
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Every year, the City of Overland Park, Kansas invests in their infrastructure through the Neighborhood Streets Reconstruction Program (NSRP). The initiative targets residential streets that have passed their useful life and are no longer responding to routine maintenance. After extensive evaluation, the City decided to reconstruct streets in this program with concrete pavement, because of […]

A Letter to Clients: Public Infrastructure, COVID-19, and Affinis

Posted on Friday, March 27th, 2020 by
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By and large, our clients are public servants. They work for local, state, and federal governments and make tough decisions year-round to best spend taxpayer dollars and protect the health and safety of our communities. We know those skills have been needed over the last few weeks, as our communities responded to COVID-19, and they […]

4 Takeaways from the Edgerton, KS Concrete Paving Projects Presentation

Posted on Wednesday, December 4th, 2019 by
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In November, Dan Merkh, Public Works Director for the City of Edgerton, Kansas; David Hamby, PE, City Engineer for Edgerton and Principal of BG Consultants; Joe Chick of Miles Excavating; and myself presented at the Missouri/Kansas Chapter of the American Concrete Paving Association’s Annual Concrete, Pavement, Parking Lot, and Flatwork Seminar. At the event, we provided […]

Economist Sheds Light on Conflicting Economic Forecasts

Posted on Wednesday, November 6th, 2019 by
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Last month, Dr. Chris Kuehl, Managing Director of Armada Corporate Intelligence, presented at Affinis’s fourth Industry Summit. In his presentation, “Finding the Dark Cloud Behind the Silver Lining: Economy in Late 2019,” he shed light on conflicting economic forecasts. We found these takeaways to be particularly thought-provoking. U.S. Economic Status The United States is seeing […]

The City of Lee’s Summit Makes Ward Road Safer for All Users

Posted on Wednesday, October 9th, 2019 by
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The City of Lee’s Summit wanted to improve Ward Road, an arterial on the southwest side of the city, to increase the safety for all users. Pedestrian access was incomplete, and it didn’t easily accommodate cyclists alongside vehicles. They asked our team to redesign the conversion of the two-lane ditch section road, using their standards. […]

Women in Engineering Spotlight: Sarah Shafer

Posted on Wednesday, July 24th, 2019 by
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We recently had the honor of interviewing Sarah Shafer, PE, LEED AP BD+C about her career. Over the years, she’s seen multiple facets of the engineering profession, including corporate consulting and municipal civil service. Drawing on that dual perspective, she shared with us her thoughts on how the engineering profession has changed over time and […]