Interchange Blog

Troy Lavelle Named 2021 Schmitty Award Winner

Posted on Wednesday, January 12th, 2022 by Affinis Corp
In Culture, tagged in troy lavelle schmitty

Since 2003, we’ve recognized outstanding co-workers who best model our firm’s core values with the Schmitty Award. Today, we’re excited to share Troy Lavelle, a design technician and long-standing member of our team, was selected late last year. To choose a winner, the three previous recipients collaborate to develop a list of nominees. Those names […]

City of De Soto Increases Safety at 91st and Lexington

Posted on Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 by Lane Odle
In Traffic, tagged in de soto roundabout traffic design

The intersection at 91st Street and Lexington Avenue is located near De Soto High School and a few commercial businesses. The area has significant traffic with K-10 highway nearby. During peak hours, it was a challenge for drivers to make a left-hand turn from 91st Street, and some were taking unnecessary risks. The City of […]

Moving Leavenworth Forward

Posted on Wednesday, December 15th, 2021 by Lane Odle
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in Thornton Street Leavenworth Kansas

The City of Leavenworth, Kansas helps move their community forward by routinely reinvesting in their infrastructure. Every 3 years, they conduct a city-wide pavement analysis to rate each street and identify which improvements are the most critical. As a result, they decided to improve Thornton Street. However, the repairs needed went beyond simple maintenance and […]

Caleb Prentice Returns from Deployment

Posted on Wednesday, November 10th, 2021 by Canyon Mallory
In Culture, tagged in caleb prentice

Today, we are excited to welcome back engineering technician Caleb Prentice from his recent tour. A Master Sergeant in the Air Force Reserves, he was away from the office for 10 months. A portion of that time was spent in training, while the rest was overseas. In this short interview, Caleb shares a little about […]

From the Field: Construction Progresses on North Brighton Avenue

Posted on Wednesday, November 3rd, 2021 by J.P. Wright
In Construction Services, tagged in construction engineering

Our construction engineering group is partnering with the City of Kansas City, Missouri on the North Brighton Avenue Improvement Project. We are responsible for inspection of all construction activity and are tasked with contractor, utility, and citizen coordination. Our job is to keep the project moving forward and protect the city’s investment. The North Brighton […]

Co-Worker News: 3 New Hires

Posted on Wednesday, October 27th, 2021 by Affinis Corp
In News, tagged in affinis co-workers

Today, we’re excited to introduce you to three of our new co-workers. Shane Standley has joined our team as a transportation project manager. Mark Nolte is a new member of our survey group, and former intern, Jason Eskina is now a full-time engineer-in-training. You can learn more about each person by following these links: Shane, […]

Overland Park to Repair 5 Storm Sewers at 5 Sites in the Next Year

Posted on Wednesday, October 13th, 2021 by Maeve VanLandingham
In Stormwater, tagged in overland park stormwater design

The City of Overland Park, Kansas repairs deteriorating stormwater infrastructure as part of their annual program. In 2021, our team partnered with them on five, separate project sites for this effort. Four are set to be constructed this fall, while the fifth is being moved to 2022 to allow time for utility relocations. Below, you’ll […]

Remote Survey Technology Key in Rail Line Repair

Posted on Wednesday, October 6th, 2021 by Mark Nolte
In Railroad Engineering, tagged in railroad survey repair

In rural Missouri, a track inspector was making his rounds on July 5 when he discovered a section of track had settled. In its current condition, it wasn’t safe for use. However, many local farmers were in the middle of harvest, and their grain was ready to be transported. The railroad was looking for a […]

Prairie Village Improves 5 Sites with Annual Paving Program

Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 by Levi Cole
In Transportation Engineering, tagged in prairie village paving program

Every year, the City of Prairie Village reinvests in their infrastructure to improve quality of life for residents. Their annual paving program is one way they continue to improve roadways and connectivity for the area. It focuses solely on deteriorating streets, curb and gutter, and sidewalks. To help their entire community, they choose updates across the […]

What You Should Know Before Starting a CMP Repair or Replacement Project

Posted on Wednesday, September 22nd, 2021 by Drew Pjesky
In Uncategorized, tagged in cmp repair replacement

As infrastructure ages, maintaining its integrity is an ongoing challenge for local communities. Cities are faced with deciding which projects to tackle first and how to best stretch tax dollars. When it comes to updating stormwater systems, there is a new approach. Instead of simply replacing corrugated metal pipes (CMPs), some communities are choosing to […]