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The Kansas City Section and Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Western Chapter will host their annual joint meeting on December 19, 2017 at the Grand Street Cafe. This meeting is sponsored by The University of Kansas Edwards Campus Program.

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Our speaker will be Jason Waldron, P.E. – KC Streetcar Program Manager / Kansas City, Missouri .

 

Jason Waldron is a registered professional engineer with experience in program, project, and construction management for a variety of roadway, trailway, and railway projects.  He has been involved with the Kansas City Streetcar Project from the early conceptual planning, through design and construction and into passenger service.  Jason has spent the last four years with the City of Kansas City, MO and currently serves as the Program Manager for KC Streetcar.  Mr. Waldron is a graduate of Iowa State University.

The Presentation will focus on:

Hear the story of how Kansas City’s modern streetcar program transformed its downtown with unprecedented ridership and economic development. Follow the KC Streetcar roll from planning, through construction and into passenger service. Understand the funding and public-private partnerships that were used to develop a funding strategy.  Learn how the project provided an opportunity to address other infrastructure needs and serve as a catalyst for innovation.

The Kansas City Streetcar was recently awarded the ASCE Society Level Innovation in Sustainable Engineering Award for 2017. What an accomplishment for Kansas City, Missouri!

Read Here about the Award : http://news.asce.org/innovation-in-sustainability-award-winner-transforms-kansas-city/ 

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Please plan to join KC ASCE and EWRI for their monthly January Luncheon presented by Matt Davis, MPA (Project Coordinator for Jackson County Public Works) on Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority. This meeting is scheduled to be held at Cafe Trio by the Plaza.

Thank you to our Meeting Sponsor – Forterra BP:

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The Rock Island Rail Corridor Authority (RIRCA) was established to manage and maintain the Rock Island Corridor, which Jackson County acquired in the spring of 2016.

The 17.7-mile corridor stretches from Arrowhead and Kauffman Stadiums south through Raytown and into Lee’s Summit. Transforming a portion of the Rock Island Corridor into a shared use path will commence immediately. Corridor planning and design will focus on preservation of the national rail network corridor’s integrity, most notably the railroad corridor’s unencumbered continuity, and on multi-modal transportation options as the corridor remains available for freight service.

 

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Please plan to join KC ASCE and KSPE Eastern for their monthly February Luncheon presented by Bob Lambrechts (Partner at Lathrop and Gage) on Ethics for Professional Licensure. This meeting is scheduled to be held in Overland Park, KS.

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Bob has filed nearly 600 patent applications in the United States, and over 400 patent applications in foreign jurisdictions. He has been an adjunct professor at the University of Missouri at Kansas City’s schools of law and engineering for over 24 years, and in his practice, he brings knowledge gained through a rich and varied background to help clients develop strategies for maximizing their patent portfolios.

Prior to joining Lathrop Gage, Bob served as a senior automation engineer from 1983 to 1987 with the Allied Signal Corporation in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1991 to 1995, Bob served with the U.S. EPA in the Region VII office as a special assistant to the Regional Administrator, he has served over 27 years as a Reserve Officer in the United States Navy Reserve, and he currently serves as the U.S. Navy’s Campus Liaison Officer for the University of Missouri at Kansas City.

As an intellectual property lawyer, Bob has substantial experience in preparing patent applications for medical devices, safety equipment, machine tools, building components, environmental control systems and automation equipment. He is often called upon to provide clients with legal opinions on infringement issues and patent validity,and he assists clients with licensing of intellectual property and protecting their intellectual property rights.

 

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November 2017 ASCE Luncheon

The Kansas City Section hosted the 2017 Project of the Year Award Presentation on Tuesday November 14th at Californos in Westport. The KC Section had over 25 in attendance including Past President John Blancett (HNTB) who was recognized for his outstanding service to the Kansas City Section by President Mike Winckler (City of Independence, Missouri).

The KC Section Luncheon hosted Jackie White, P.E. (City of Grandview, MO) and Jason Meyers (Burns and McDonnell) during this meeting as they presented on the award winning project of Missouri Route 150 Outer Road. The first design-build LPA project within the Missouri Department of Transportation. Thank you to our speakers and ASCE members for attending.

Providing adequate access to the I49 interchanges has long been a challenge for the City of Grandview, Missouri. The interstate essentially bisects the city and impedes local connectivity and development. The MO 150 Outer Roads design-build project addressed this issue by extendingand realigning the outer roads that run along the interstate and improving the sidewalk and trail system that crosses the interstate and connects to the park and trail system along MO 150. It improves access for an underserved population, enhances safety in the area, and provides attractive, sustainable and ADA compliant infrastructure to promote the future development of over 150 acres of land.

The project is adjacent to one of the largest developable sites in the area and runs along one of the highest volume interchanges in metropolitan Kansas City. It will provide enhanced access and attract development to a first-tier urban community that was previously passed over for sustainable infill development. The new facilities provide a walkable and bicycle friendly environment with excellent access to future businesses.

The City of Grandview selected the Kissick/Burns and McDonnell team to deliver this project.

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ASCE KC Section hold Annual Elections and transitions leadership for 2017-2018

The Kansas City Section held their Annual Elections and elected four (4) new Directors on Thursday, May 11th 2017.

We thank the service of President John Blancett pictured below with HNTB and Treasurer Valerie McCaw (not pictured).

Mike Winckler (City of Independence, MO) will serve as President for 2017-2018.

Below are the new Board of Directors with ASCE for 2017-2018.

Kansas City Section of ASCE Board of Directors 2017-2018

Mike Winckler   President

Ozzy Bravo          President–Elect

Mo Ibrawish       1st Vice President & Treasurer

Ernie Longoria   2nd Vice President & Secretary

Stephen Stinger Director III

Chad Johnson    Director II

Meagan Malloy Director I

Paige Snow         Associate Member Director

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On April 11th the Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow visited Kansas City, where she met with the UMKC Student Chapter of ASCE; took a tour of the Linda Hall Library with Eric Ward and Benjamin Gross, and at our Annual Awards Luncheon meeting at the Plaza III restaurant she presented various and Life Member awards, and spoke on ASCE’s three (3) primary Initiatives: Raising the Bar, Sustainability, and the Grand Challenge.

Pictured with Engineer of the Year Award Recipient: Sheryl Gallagher, P.E., D.GE.

Pictured with the Project of the Year Award Recipients from : City of Grandview, MO and Burns and McDonnell – Transportation Design-Build Project.

Pictured of Life Member Honorees during Luncheon

 

Pictured with UMKC Student Chapter Award Winners

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Meeting Sponsor:

Date:

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

 

Location:

Plaza III Steakhouse

4749 Pennsylvania Ave.

Kansas City, MO  64112

 

Time: 

11:30 Registration / Networking

12:00 Lunch

12:30 Presentation

 

Cost:

$30 per person – Members

$25 per person – Students

$0 per person – Life Members, and Award Recipients

 

Menu:

Filet Mignon or

Grilled Breast of Chicken or

Grilled Atlantic Salmon

 

Please RSVP no later than COB on Thursday, April 6th, 2017

 

Presentation: 

New Life Members

Engineer of the Year Award

Project of the Year

Outstanding Senior UMKC Student

Distinguished Senior UMKC Student

 

National President-Elect’s Vision for ASCE:

Our National (Society) President-Elect Kristina Swallow will present the direction of ASCE, in the upcoming year.  Our industry faces many challenges, and ASCE’s Strategic Initiatives of: Sustainable Infrastructure,  ASCE Grand Challenge, and Raising the Bar, are focused on addressing them.

Speaker:

Kristina L. Swallow, P.E., ENV. SP., F. ASCE

Bio:

Leading a team of engineers responsible for delivering public works projects and planning the sanitary sewer collection system, Kristina has been with the City of Las Vegas since 2012.   She is responsible for negotiating design and construction contracts, reviewing progress of the work, coordination with public and private sector stakeholders, and responding to external comments or questions.  In addition, she advises on bicycle and pedestrian-related infrastructure, representing the City, as needed, at the Nevada Legislature, and participating in public meetings.

Prior to her current position, Kristina served as Senator Tom Udall’s lead on transportation policy.  She worked on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill and the development and passage of the MAP-21 surface transportation authorization bill.

Kristina has been active in ASCE since 1995, serving on various Society-level committees such as Program and Finance, and the Committees on Education, and Diversity.    She served as the Society’s appointed Governor on the Utility Engineering and Surveying Institute until her election as ASCE’s 2018 President.

In addition to her professional activities, Kristina is active in her community.    She has served in leadership roles with the Junior League of Las Vegas, Southern Nevada Bicycle Coalition, Engineers Without Borders, and serves on the Advisory Board to the University of Nevada Department of civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction.

Kristina earned her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the University of Arizona in 1994 and a Master’s in Civil and Environmental Engineering from the University of Nevada in 2004.

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The American Society of Civil Engineers Kansas City Section and APWA KC Metro Chapter held their Joint Monthly Meeting with Andy Sauer from Burns and McDonnell presenting on Envision Sustainability. Pictured here are John Blancett and Rob Krewson, P.E. presidents of both Chapters introducing the speakers. Great event and attendance from both organizations! See you all in April for the Awards Luncheons for ASCE! Special thanks to our meeting sponsor – Oldcastle Precast!

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2017 ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapter Joint Luncheon

Please join us Wednesday, March 15th with ASCE and APWA KC Metro Chapterto to learn about Implementing Envision for More Sustainable Public Infrastructure Projects

DATE: Wednesday, March 15th 2017

TIME: 11:30am – 1:00pm

LOCATION: Californo’s (4124 Pennsylvania, Kansas City, MO 64111)

MENU: Parmesan Chicken, Roasted Vegetables, Mashed Potatoes, Small Garden Salad

COST: $25

SPEAKER: Andy Sauer, Burns and McDonnell

Envision is a sustainability rating system that has been adopted by many cities, including Kansas City, Missouri, as an evaluation process to plan, design, and construct more sustainable public infrastructure projects. Envision is a rating tool, similar to LEED that can be applied to infrastructure projects for the purpose of comparing improvement alternatives beyond just costs. Envision can also provide an overall process for evaluating infrastructure programs or for the development of capital improvement plans. This presentation will provide an overview of the Envision rating system, the project verification process, and an example of applying Envision at a program level.

RSVP Here through the APWA website, or Email Joe Burgett at jburgett@gbateam.com .

Upcoming Monthly Meetings:

  • Tuesday April 11th –  Awards Luncheon at Plaza III, Society President-Elect Kristina Swallow as Speaker & Recognition of Life Members
  • May is the ASCE KC Section “kickoff” meeting. Date TBD
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On Thursday March 2nd, ASCE and KSPE Eastern Chapter had over 40 attendees during a Joint Luncheon about the Evolution of Tolling presented by Associate Vice President Cameron McGown of HNTB.

The topic is very relevant ahead of the upcoming release of the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card on March 9th. You can follow the live unveil starting at 8:30 am CT here: Infrastructure Report Card

We look forward to seeing you on March 15th for our next monthly meeting – a Joint Luncheon with APWA at Westport!

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