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Fall Newsletter
September 2015
In This Issue

SAME KSU Student Chapter Dinner & Industry Speakers
October 13

Annual Vice President's Dinner
October 15

Small Business Workshop & Chapter Luncheon
October 22

Annual Sporting Clay Challenge
October 28
Lenexa, KS

Joint Meeting with ASCE
November 19
Dear Greater Kansas City Post Members,

The Post has completed another busy quarter and I would like to thank our dedicated team of volunteers!  The following is a overview of some of the noteworthy accomplishments over the past few months: the GKC Post hosted the Engineer Social for the new Command and General Staff College Engineer Class in July, and we were honored to have our own Executive Director BG Joe Schroedel attend the event; Tony Hofmann and Jackie Hacker once again coordinated the quarterly Warrior Transition Panels at Ft. Riley and Ft. Leavenworth; and Kile Morrison hosted several outstanding luncheons that featured presentations on the Downtown Streetcar, the Hyatt Skywalk Collapse and Watershed Management.
Other happenings around the Post include the award of six $1,000 scholarships to well-deserving individuals who are SAME student members at universities in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Colorado.  During the Engineer's Social Bill Goshorn was awarded the 50 year Service Pin by BG Joe Schroedel, and Melissa Kelley was awarded the Regional Vice President's Medal by Michelle French, the Missouri River Region Vice President. Michelle also announced her selection as the Region's Emerging Leaders Academy representative for the upcoming class in Reston, VA in November.  Finally, New Officers and Directors were nominated and elected for the 2016 at the September monthly program luncheon.
Although the 2015 SAME year is rapidly coming to a close we have an action packed October ahead of us including Warrior Transition Panels at Ft. Riley and Whiteman AFB, the Vice President's Dinner, the Annual Sporting Clays Challenge and the Small Business Workshop. In November we will have the normal monthly meeting which will be a joint meeting with APWA.  For December we will break for the holidays prior to recommencing in early January with the changing of the Presidency and the New Officers and Board members induction ceremony.  Please continue to review our weekly e-blasts (Upcoming Events) and the Post website for information on future activities, events and initiatives.

Very Respectfully,
Al Osborne    
Post President
Greater Kansas City Post SAME

Annual Sponsors
Affinis Corp
Burns & McDonnell 
Cabrera Services
Ecology and Environment
Insight Environmental
JE Dunn Construction
The Louis Berger Group Inc.
Poole Fire Protection
Sevenson Environmental Services
SM Wilson
Tetra Tech
TREKK Design Group
Yaeger Architecture


15 October 2015, 5:30-8:00 PM, GKC Post Vice President's Dinner, Kansas City MO Public Library
Join us for a casual evening of rooftop socializing, networking, and celebrating 
the Post's recent awards, accomplishments, and members. Tickets are $45. Click  here for more information. To RSVP and pay online, click this  link. Please contact Melissa Kelley at with any questions.

16 October 2015, 5:00-7:00 PM,  C herry Street Ronald McDonald House, Kansas City, MO
We will be cooking dinner for the Ronald McDonald House.  Please come join and help.  Food will be provided. We will just need help getting it heated and served. To RSVP contact Amy McCurdy,; 816-868-4720.

22 October 2015; 7:30 AM-11:00 AM, Small Business Workshop, Grand Street Cafe, Kansas City, MO
Please come join us for a workshop discussing issues relating to small businesses and small business owners such as marketing, working with larger companies, and proposals.  To RSVP contact Amy McCurdy,; 816-868-4720.

22 October 2015; 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, SAME Luncheon (following Small Business Workshop); Grand Street Cafe, Kansas City, MO
A presentation on core techniques and strategies for successfully priming and subbing on government opportunities. See the  flyer for details, or contact Kim Pemberton, 816-874-4658. Click here to register for the event.

24 October 2015, UMKC School of Computing & Engineering
Baja Racing Team Fundraiser Dinner & Gala
A benefit for the UMKC Baja Racing Team, at the  Armacost Antique Car Museum in Grandview, MO from 6 :30 p.m. - 9:30 p.m.  For information, click  here

28 October 2015, 2:00 PM, 9th Annual Sporting Clay Challenge, Powder Creek Shooting Park, Lenexa, KS
The Greater Kansas City Post is hosting a fundraiser for our Education and Mentoring Fund, to be held at the Powder Creek Shooting Park in Lenexa, KS. Please plan to join us whether you are an experienced shooter or have never picked up a gun. This event is open to everyone, so bring along friends, family, clients or coworkers and support this great cause. Click here for the  flyer. To sign up email Ann Ewy, Questions? Give Ann a call at 913-488-9490.

19 November 2015, 11:30 AM-1:00 PM, SAME/ASCE Luncheon, Grand Street Cafe, Kansas City, MO
The program will be a presentation on the Canton Lake Dam Auxiliary Spillway Design and Construction by Mary Nodine of GEI Consultants.  See the  flyer  for details, or contact Kim Pemberton, 816-874-4658. Registration deadline is Nov. 16.

Tetra Tech's innovative, sustainable solutions help our clients reach their goals for water, environment, energy, infrastructure, and resource management projects. We are proud to be home to leading technical experts in every sector and to use that expertise throughout the project life cycle. Through our many Department of Defense contracts, Tetra Tech supports numerous clients including the U.S. Corps of Engineers, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and U.S Coast Guard. To serve these contracts, Tetra Tech draws on our architecture and engineering design, master planning, environmental planning, compliance, energy conservation, remediation and Military Munitions Response Program (MMRP) expertise.  We combine the resources of a global, multi-billion dollar company with local, client-focused delivery. 
Feature Articles
by  LTC Kevin Casey
On the afternoon of August 26, 2015 the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Lewis and Clark Chapter  of the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), Greater Kansas City (GKC) Post was established. This solidified the existing bond between the CGSC Engineer students and the SAME GKC Post with the purpose of improving upon the Military - Industry linkage between military Field Grade Engineer students and local Engineering  and Construction professionals. In addition, this initiative will help advance engineering credentialing and the professional development of  CGSC  Field Grade officers. 
The Field Grade officers that will lead the chapter include:
CPT (P) Brandon Mackey
Vice President CPT (P) Jenna Brown
Vice President CPT (P) Joe Frederick
Secretary MAJ Katie Fidler
Treasurer CPT (P) David Kelso
The Post President, Al Osborne, Post Mentor, LTC Kevin Casey, and Faculty Advisor, LTC Brian Manus, signed the charter to establish the new chapte r.

Ecology & Environment 

by Tony Hoffman
The Greater Kansas City Post Warrior Transition Committee continues to assist our military men and women through our ongoing Warrior Transition Panels at Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth.   The continued support by Post Leadership, coordination by Jackie Hacker, and exceptional volunteer support by panel members remains critical to these efforts.  THANK YOU to the following committee and panel members that participated/assisted in recent panels:  Art DeGroat, Nick Patch, Tony Cady, Kyle and Jennifer Burns, Al Osborne, Joe Lykins, Jason Davis and Emma Toops.  Our Committee is excited to report developing an even closer relationship with both installations as well as future expansion to another regional military installation.  Our model to assist Warriors in transition has now been  recognized by SAME Headquarters and has allowed us to begin the process of leading discussion on this "best practice" so other Posts have a blue print for this type of program.  We have now gone "National"!
Most recently, we hosted successful Warrior Transition Panels in  July.  The session at Fort Riley was completed on July 24 and attended by over 50 military members.  We continue to seek improvements with each session.  This time we included a former military husband and wife team (Kyle and Jennifer Burns), thereby bringing a military spouse perspective to the transition process.  This was very well received by attendees as well as Fort Riley leadership.  Anot her exciting initiative was the Kansas State University Student Chapter actively participating in this panel. Nick Patch did an exceptional job and is a great addition to our Team!  We will continue to integrate these types of tweaks to our panel sessions while building on the successful model we've utilized since  our first panel that started in 2014.  Our next session at Fort Riley is confirmed for November 10th.  The installation has committed to hosting our panel sessions on a quarterly basis.

The session at Fort Leavenworth was equally impr essive.  Because of the nature and size of the installation (education focus vs. a true troop installation) is vastly different, the number of attendees tends to be much smaller.  This is expected.  For this session we had approximately 25 military members.  Our panel did an exceptional job tailoring their experiences to the audience and answered all questions posed of them by the attendees.  Our plan is to conduct two panel sessions per year at Fort Leavenworth, with the next one tentatively scheduled for February 2016.   
The Warrior Transition Committee is excited to announce the expansion of our panel sessions-this time to nearby Whitem an Air Force Base.  Al Osborne, Jackie Hacker and Tony Hofmann will participate in a scheduled transition seminar there on October 9th.   This will allow our Team to meet the key contacts at Whiteman and set the conditions for an official Warrior Transi tion Panel there, which has been confirmed for March 8, 2016 at nearby Central Missouri State University.   
Finally, we are excited to announce that our Post model to assist transitioning veterans has gained interest at the national HQ level of SAME.  On August 14th, Tony Hofmann provided an update to other SAME Posts, contributing to a "best practices" webinar that included five other SAME Posts.  This was recorded and is now available to all SAME.


by Al Osborne

This past week voting was held for our 2016 Officers and Directors.  Congratulations go out to our new 2016 Officers & Directors: President - Melissa Kelley, Vice President - Matt Turner, and Treasurer, Jason Sweet.  Our new Directors include; Christina Przygoda, LTC Brian Manus and Reed Brown.  For 2016 Amy McCurdy returns as our Secretary and Jason Davis, Hillary Weber, Tim Kurgan, Scott Perkins and Scott Opie are returning as Directors. 
Congrats to all! 

by Al Osborne
Once again the annual Engineer Social with the Command and General Staff College (CGSC) Engineer Class (Class 2016) was held at our main stay Boulevard Brewing Company, on July 23rd. Each year our Post welcomes the new CGSC class to the KC area and the Greater Kansas City Post with a social, and this year, as in the past, the event was outstanding and well attended! All expected the best beer and BBQ in Kansas City and they were not disappointed when the Head Brewer provided an exceptional variety of brews, and Jack St ack the choicest of all types of smoked meat.
In grand style this year our SAME Executive D irector, Brigadier General Joe Schroedel, USA (Ret.) attended the event and provided the new class with an overview of the Society's mission and the benefits of membership, as well as a discussion in leadership. Also addressing the students, COL Jason Smallfield, USA, Assistant Commandant at United States Army Engineer School at Fort Leonard Wood discussed the importance of their efforts in the engineering community and pursuing their education at CGSC.

Highlighting the social were two presentations. The first was the 50 Year Service Pin presented to Bill Goshorn by Brigadier General Schroedel. Bill is an US Air Force veteran with extensive engineering and Society service during his Air Force and civilian career. He is a registered Profes
sional Geologist and was instrumental in the development of the Minuteman Missile Silo Program and numerous electrical generation power plants including the Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant. He was also responsible for developing the Kansas University Student Po st in 1992 and served the Post as a Board member from 1992 to 1999. 

The second presentation, the Regional Vice President's Medal, was awarded to Melissa Kelly by Michelle French, our Missouri River Region Vice President. Melissa has contributed greatly to the Society and has been an integral member of the Kansas City Post since 2007. In addition to serving this year as Vice President she has previously served the Post as a Board Director, Secretary and Committee Chair for the following co mmittees: Young Members, Awards, Communications and Industry Day.   



Events In Review
August 20,  Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, Missouri
Topic: The Hyatt Skywalk Collapse: What Really Happened & Why
Presenter: G. William Quatman, General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Burns & McDonnell;  Vice President, Skywalk Memorial Foundation



Sept. 17, Grand Street Café, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO
Topic: Alternative Project Delivery Methods to Address the Nation's Water Resource Infrastructure Needs" 
Presenter: Robert Sinkler, Director of Water Infrastructure, Nature Conservancy




Founded in 1921, S. M. Wilson & Co. has set the standard for every measure of success: volume, profit, repeat business, integrity and financial capability. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, S. M .Wilson provides a complete range of services, including pre-construction, construction management, general contracting and design/build for clients in healthcare, senior care, retail, education, commercial, industrial and federal/MILCON markets.

Prinslow headshot

Name, Title and Employer
Christopher S. Prinslow
Area Engineer, Kansas City District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
What is your position with Greater Kansas City Post?
Chair, GKC Post Nominating Committee

What is your "day job"?
I am currently the Program Manager for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) new Next NGA West (N2W) program that is scheduled 

to be built in the St Louis metropolitan area in FY18-FY22. This $900M program will replace NGA's outdated facilities at the St. Louis Arsenal complex in south St. Louis. I am involved in devleoping the planning, programming, and acquisition strategy for the design and construction of this project. This will be the largest MILCON project that the Kansas City District has ever undertaken.

My permanent position is Area Engineer for the Kansas City Area Office which has responsibilities for construction mangaement of all civil works construction contracts in the Kansas City District as well as military construction at Ft. Leavenworth and Whiteman AFB.

How did you become involved with SAME?
I have been involved in SAME since 1979, when I was commissioned in the Army and first assigned to Ft. Riley, KS. I have been affilitated with not only the Greater Kansa City Post, but also the Korea Post, New York Post, and even the Bahgdad Post when I was stationed in Iraq for a few months in 2004.

I have been most active in SAME since 2005 when I was a director on the GKC Post Board of Direction. Having served as chair of the Post's Design & Construction committee.  

What role has SAME played in your professional life?
SAME has provided the conduit for communications and engagement between the Government and our industry partners.  

What SAME accomplishment are you most proud of?
Establishing the GKC Post Industry Day event. This annual event has been a great program for the post since its inception in 2009. Its success far exceeded our expectations and now has become an annual event that draws attendes from all over the country to Kansas City each spring. The relationship that the Post has developed with UMKC has also been a added benefit.

What would you say to an individual thinking about getting involved with Greater
Kansas City Post?
The returns are well worth your investment. SAME's networking opportunities are terriffic. Spending time to get involved in Post activities and events will be well worth the investment in time. Through SAME I have meet some of the best folks in the industry. 
SM Wilson


July-September 2015
Sustaining Memberships
Laura Poole, Poole Fire Protection
Rachel Knox, Yaeger Architecture
Kirk Campainha, Poole Fire Protection
Eric Reed, Poole Fire Protection
Kimberley Schrupp, ARCADIS, U.S., Inc.
Michael Spradling, CTI and Associates
Marc Bialek, SAME
Dan Miller, Lamp, Rynearson & Associates
Mark Coats, Medvolt, LLC
Randy McAlexander, Medvolt, LLC
Grace Highhouse, Medvolt, LLC
Doug Doerr, SCS Engineers
Ybairy Duin, Professional Services Industries
Ira Nadelman, Sevenson Environmental Services
Pat Geraghty, Tremco
Chris Mayhew, Tremco
Megan Perez, Tehama
Bob Richards, Surveying and Mapping
Tobin Roberts, Surveying and Mapping

Individual Memberships
James Rose
Paul Flynn
Joshua Frank
Thomas England
CPT Tyson Behnke, USA
MAJ David MacPhail, USA
MAJ Steve Albritton, USA
Luke Ezell
MAJ Sean Walstrom, USA
CPT Robert Green, USA
MAJ Kurtis Schaaf, USA
Ron Mesmer
CPT Tucker Hughes, USA
MAJ Katie Fidler, USA
Richard Gowans
CPT David Kelso, USA
Christian Johnson
Jonathan Kensinger
CPT Jerrauld Ma, USA
MAJ Andrew Boggs, USA
MAJ Terry Riesel, Jr., USA


Sevenson's relationship with the Kansas City District, US Army Corps of Engineers in remedial construction and environmental dredging began in 1985 and has evolved over the years into a partnership.  Together, the Kansas City District and
 Sevenson have worked to address difficult design and construction issues at several of the most sensitive and complex Superfund sites in the United States.  This relationship has been tested and strengthened through the management, execution, and safe completion of hundreds of firm fixed price and cost reimbursable task orders issued under individual and multiple award contracts.

Sevenson provides a range of services.  These include: excavation and earthwork; HTRW materials handling, processing and treatment; solidification and stabilization; metals fixation; slurry wall and trench construction;  collection, recovery and treatment systems construction; temporary and mobile water treatment systems design, operations and maintenance; dredging, dewatering and volume reduction; sediment capping; innovative and traditional steel sheeting systems; and constructability review and design phase consulting.
Today, Sevenson is well established as one of the country's leading remedial construction and environmental dredging contractors with over 1,400 projects with a combined value of over $3.8 billion successfully completed.  We look forward to continuing the partnership with the Kansas City District for many years to come.


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Yaeger Architecture




Total Income: $   116,350.72
Total Expenses: $   63,605.92*
Net Income: $  (49,965.00)

  *$102,709.80 transferred to Endowment's Planned Gift Fund            



JE Dunn Construction is a top 20 Military Contractor headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.  With over 3,000 employees in 20 offices throughout the United States, JE Dunn provides ECI (Early Contractor Involvement), Construction Management and Design Build services for a variety of market types.  Projects in the area have included the $550M National Nuclear Security Administration Campus in Kansas City, Missouri; the $120M Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth; a national Airforce Base Design Build Medical MATOC program as well as several historic renovations at Fort Leavenworth. JE Dunn is a leader in innovative tools and collaborative technology having developed their LENS software, which provides 4D cost estimating to for designers and clients.  The company's proprietary Innovations 10.01 Software helps project teams manage construction and project closeout with the Punch List 10.01 application and the Site 10.01 component helps building owners manage their building long after the contractor has left the site. 



Al Osborne

President ('15)

Ascentra Group

Melissa Kelley

Vice President ('15)

Henderson Engineers

Amy McCurdy

Secretary ('15-'16)

McCurdy Engineers

Matt Turner

Treasurer ('15-'16)

Yaeger Architecture

Ann Ewy

Immediate Past President ('14)


LTC Kevin Casey

Director ('13-'15)

US Army

Kim Pemberton

Director ('13-'15)

TREKK Design Group 

Bill Yord 

Director ('13-'15)

RIC Infrastructure

Jason Davis

Director ('14-'16)

Affinis Corp 

Jason Sweet

Director ('14-'16)


Hillary Weber

Director ('15-'16)

Insight Environmental

Tim Kurgan

Director ('15-'17)


Scott Opie

Director ('15-'17)

Hanson Professional Services

Scott Perkins

Director ('15-'17)

Survey & Mapping LLC



Annual Sponsorship

Amy McCurdy

Architectural Practices

Christina Przygoda


Mark Loes


Scott Perkins


Deborah English

Council of Fellows

Jerry Adams

Education & Mentoring

LTC Kevin Casey

E&M - Scholarships

Bill Yord

E&M - K-12 Outreach

Hilary Weber

E&M - Credentialing


College Outreach - KSU

Jason Sweet

College Outreach - UMKC

Vince Zink

Emergency Readiness

Robert Crain


Matt Metcalf

Joint Engineering Council (JEC)



Jackie Hacker


Chris Prinslow


Kile Morrison

Small Business

Amy McCurdy

Strategic Planning

Melissa Kelly

Warrior Transition

Tony Hoffmann

Young Members

Bryanna Aldridge

Fort Riley Field Chapter

Rex Ostrander

Whiteman AFB Field Chapter

Christopher Prinslow

Senior Advisor

John Brake COL (Ret.)

Senior Advisor

Merrill Watt

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The Greater Kansas City Post offers advertising space for quarterly newsletters and on the home page of the Web site.  Your business card size advertisement or company logo can be added for a cost of $250.00 per year.  Please send your artwork and check to:
Jason Sweet, GISP, PMP, CFM
Once your check is received your ad will begin in the following issue.
Place your article in the newsletter!
If you have articles you would like published in the quarterly newsletter, please send them to
Deborah English, P.E.,


Sustaining Members

5H Technologies · A Better Earth · Advanced Drainage Systems · AECOM · Affinis Corp. · Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc. · AMEC Foster Wheeler · American Legacy/Rand Construction · ARCADIS U.S., Inc. · Argus Consulting · Arrowhead Contracting, Inc. · Barr Engineering Co. · Battelle · Bay West, LLC · Bechtel National, Inc. · Bhate Environmental  Associates, Inc. · Bibb Engineers  · Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp. · BlueScope Construction, Inc. · Burns & McDonnell · Cabrera Services, Inc. · CAPE · CB&I Federal Services, LLC · CDM Smith · CH2MHILL · Coastal Environmental Group, Inc. · Conti Federal Services, Inc. · CoverSix Shelters, a Division of RedGuard · CTI and Associates, Inc. · Cyntergy AEC · DLR Group · EA Engineering, Science, and Technology, Inc. · Eaton Corporation · ECC · Ecology & Environment, Inc. · EMR, Inc. · Environmental Quality Management, Inc. · GLMV Architecture, Inc. · Hanson Professional Service, Inc. · HDR · Health Facilities Group, LLC  · HNTB ·  HydroGeoLogic Inc. · Infinite Energy Construction · JE Dunn Construction · Kleinfelder · Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. · Leidos · LEO A DALY · Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) · LRS Federal, LLC · Mark One Electric Co., Inc. · Mason & Hanger · Massman Construction Co. · McTech Corporation · M.E. Group, Inc. · Mead & Hunt, Inc. · Midland Surveying, Inc. · O'Brien & Gere · Olsson Assoicates · Paragon Business Solutions, Inc. · Patti Banks Associates dba Vireo · Poole Fire Protection, Inc. · Professional Environmental Engineers Inc. · Professional Services Industries, Inc. · Remediation Services, Inc. · RLC, LLC, dba Renaissance Infrastructure Consulting · RVP · S.M. Wilson & Co ·  SCS Engineers · SEH ·  Sevenson Environmental Services Inc. · Shafer, Kline & Warren, Inc. · Siemens Industries, Inc. · Spur Design, LLC · Stanley Consultants Inc. · Stantec Consulting · Stell Environmental Enterprises, Inc. · Strategic Value Solutions, Inc. · Surveying and Mapping, LLC · Taliaferro & Browne, Inc. · Tehama, LLC · Tepa, LLC · Terracon Consultants, Inc. · TerranearPMC, LLC · Tetra Tech, Inc. · The Louis Berger Group, Inc. · The Walsh Group  · Tidewater, Inc. · Tompkins Architects · TREKK Design Group · Tremco Commercial Sealants and Waterproofing · TSI Engineering, Inc. · Tunista Construction, LLC · United Excel Corporation · URS Corporation · Vireo · Wilson & Company, Inc. · Woolpert, Inc. · Yaeger Architecture