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Greater Kansas City Post

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Spring Newsletter
May 2016
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Annual Industry Day March 28-29, 2016
Dear Greater Kansas City Post  Members,

I'm so honored to serve this year as President of the Greater Kansas City Post of The Society of American Military Engineers. I am pleased to announce that we were notified by Headquarters that our Post has achieved Distinguished Post this year! I am looking forward to receiving our streamers at the Joint Engineering Training Conference in Phoenix, AZ, later this month. Achieving this status requires a lot of energy and passion, and I thank you for your contributions. I would especially like to thank Past President Al Osborn for his leadership in 2015.
As I'm sure you've noticed, we've been dealing with some technical difficulties with the Post website. Thanks so much for your patience during this time. We're working with a new service offered by SAME Headquarters on a new website, but in the meantime, make sure to check the regular Friday emails for important updates about programs, luncheons, and other opportunities and news from the Post!
2016 has otherwise gotten off to an amazing start! The Post's initiative with Warrior Transition has taken off, thanks to a lot of passionate man hours put in by Tony Hofmann and the Council of Fellows. Additionally, we attended the eWeek luncheon and presented Dean Kevin Truman of the University of Missouri at Kansas City with a $7500 donation to the School of Computing and Engineering.

The Greater Kansas City Post's 8th Annual Industry Day was held at UMKC in March and was, once again, a very successful event for the Post, with growth in attendance from last year. Thanks to all of the wonderful Industry Day volunteers and sponsors for all of your support and for continuing to make  this event great! I'd like to say a special thanks to Scott Opie and C hristina Davis for the long hours and responsiveness!

The GKC Post's Annual Sponsors Program continues to grow and I would once again like to thank this year's annual sponsors. The Post's annual sponsorship program provides a simple, convenient and cost effective way for our member firms to sponsor all major GKC Post activities on an annual basis. Their generous contributions to the Post make it possible to sustain a robust and diverse group of programs and initiativ es throughout the year.

In April the Board of Directors and Council of Fellows participated in the first of several strategic planning meetings for the Post. It was an exciting discussion about the direction of the Society and the  Greater Kansas City Post. I'd like to ask for any additional feedback that you might have about what you'd like to see the Post do to provide v alue to you as a member. Any ideas are welcome! Please feel free to email me directly at .

We have another outstanding year ahead of us, and it is truly an honor to serve this Distinguished Post. I look forward to working with and serving you in 2016.
Thanks so much!
Melissa Kelley
Greater Kansas City Post
Society of American Military Engin

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
Tetra Tech
Wilson & Company
Yaeger Architecture

Annual Sponsor Spotlights

JE Dunn Construction has 92 years of experience with federal clients throughout the United States. With over 2,000 employees, JE Dunn is ranked as a national top Contractor by Engineering News-Record, providing Best Value, Design-Build, Early Contractor Involvement, General Construction and Cost Estimating services to agencies throughout the country. The company is well versed in LEED, BIM, and provides several self-perform disciplines that can help control schedule and cost. JE Dunn has significant experience with Small Business Plans, Quality Systems and Safety Procedures on complex projects for the federal government.

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 $4.2 billion successfully completed. We look forward to continuing the partnership with the Kansas City District for many years to come.

AECOM is built to deliver a better world. We design, build, finance and operate infrastructure assets for governments, businesses and organizations in more than 150 countries. As a fully integrated firm, we connect knowledge and experience across our global network of experts to help clients solve their most complex challenges. From high-performance buildings and infrastructure, to resilient communities and environments, to stable and secure nations, our work is transformative, differentiated and vital. See how we deliver what others can only imagine at and @AECOM.

Save the Date
June 16 Monthly Meeting: Sustainability and Innovation in an Army Reserve Center

Grand Street Cafe, 4740 Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO
11:30 AM Registration

Matt Cortez, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, GLMV Architecture, Inc. and Barry George, PE, Professional Engineering Consultants will present on the Reserve Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.

Questions? Contact 


Feature Articles
by Melissa Kelley

The 8th Annual Greater Kansas City Post Industry Day was well attended with close to 300 people from the A/E/C community around the country.
The event kicked off with a social event in the exhibit hall on the night of March 28th, a full program the next day offering Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and Federal Program Briefings. That evening, there was a social networking event at Tomfooleries on the Plaza where attendees could network and enjoy appetizers and cocktails. 

The event also featured One-on-One meetings on March 30th at the Bolling Federal Building. The meetings included the Corps of Engineers, Kansas City District Contracting Officers and Program Managers from each of the district's three program areas: Military, Civil Works, and Environmental as well as representatives from other Federal agencies.


By Hillary Weber P.G.

In 2015 the Post reached out to Sue Thacker at Harmony Elementary School to develop our LEGO Grant program.  With Sue's class as the first sponsored class, we have been excited to watch these budding young scientists and engineers take a well-known kids' toy and use it along with en gineering and computer programming principles to build  a functioning robot and perform in the First Lego League competition.  Congratulations to the Harmony Elementary Team and their success in local competition!   

The 2016-2017 Lego Grant Application will open in August, and we look forward to sponsoring another local elementary school and their STEM efforts.  Applications are open to any elementary LEGO team metro-wide.


Events In Review
By Hillary Weber P.G.

In the early spring post representatives traveled to Lawrence, KS to support the 2016 Future City Competition judging.  Future City is a program that asks middle school students to create a city that makes the world a better place in response to an annual theme.  Students present their solutions via a virtual city design (using SimCity), a 1,500-word city description, a scale model, a project plan, and a presentation to judges at Regional Competitions.  Students work in groups beginning in August and culminating in the regional competition in January. The effort applies principles from social studies, mathematics, general sciences, and practical arts to create a future city. This year the theme was "waste not want not".  This year's competition included student projects centralized on renewable energy to power their cities and net zero initiatives for city processes.  Mass transit was a common denominator for most projects.  The Post nominates up to 15 participating schools for selection by the Future City awards board for award to the team who best demonstrates teamwork in their project.  Congratulations to the Luminocity team from Louisburg Middle School, Louisburg, KS on their SAME Teamwork Award.




by Jade Edmunds
The Student Leadership Workshop was a great experience that allowed me to interact with other SAME student members establishing their chapters. It was great to learn how SAME brings industry groups together to further growth. My favorite thought from the weekend was "If you do the right things fro the right reasons, the right things will happen." As a future engineer, it was incredible to hear from professionals in industry about all the in's and out's of a career.    

Presented by Michael Marasa, Senior Engineer, Hayward Baker    


January-April 2016
Sustaining Memberships
Stephen Moore, Hanson Professional Service
Ashley Weber, Lamp Rynearson & Associates
Kevin Rogers, United Excel Corporation
Tim Rogers, United Excel Corporation
Ben McCown, United Excel Corporation
Jeff Campbell, Michael Baker International
Kimberly Regensberg, Black & Veatch Special Projects Corp.
Warren Hayden, Mead & Hunt
Carl Jeffreys, Michael Baker International

Individual Memberships
Frank Bissett, Trevet, Inc.
Jason Smith, Aerotek
Yang Clark, Bradley Corporation
LCDR Regis Dowd Jr.,  University of Kansas
MSG Jason Parlor, US Army
Christina Davis, UMKC
Charles Fagerquist, MCTP, Fort Leavenworth
CPT Jericho Jones, Fort Polk, LA
Christine Keith, University of Kansas

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TME Editorial Calendar


The editorial calendar for The Military Engineer (TME) can be found here. Each issue has a main theme and a special report. Deadlines for content also are included.

Yaeger Architecture



Total Income: $  97,652.05
Total Expenses: $  16,237.26
Net Income: $  81,414.79




Melissa Kelley

President ('16)

Henderson Engineers

Matt Turner

Vice President ('16)

Yeager Architecture

Amy McCurdy

Secretary ('15-'16)

McCurdy Engineers

Jason Sweet

Treasurer ('16-'17)


Al Osborne

Immediate Past President ('15)

Ascentra Group

Kim Pemberton

Director ('14-'16)

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
Bryanna Aldridge
Architectural Practices
Christina Przygoda
Mark Loes
Scott Perkins
Deborah English
Council of Fellows
Matt Metcalf
Education & Mentoring
Brian Manus
E&M - Scholarships
Bill Yord
E&M - K-12 Outreach
Hillary Weber
E&M - Credentialing
Andy Mashek
College Outreach - KSU
Jason Sweet
College Outreach - UMKC
Vince Zink
College Outreach - KU
Ric Brown
Emergency Readiness
Robert Crain
Matt Metcalf
Joint Engineering Council(JEC)
Rick McCollum
Jackie Hacker
Chris Prinslow
Kile Morrison
Small Business
Amy McCurdy
Strategic Planning
Melissa Kelley
Warrior Transition
Tony Hoffman
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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Sustaining Members
5H Technologies · A Better Earth · Advanced Drainage Systems · AECOM · Affinis Corp. · Alpha Energy and Electric, Inc. · AMEC Foster Wheeler · Ameriphysics · ARCADIS U.S., Inc. · Argus Consulting · Arrowhead Contracting, Inc. · Benham Design · 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· . Environcon· GLMV Architecture, Inc. · Hanson Professional Service, Inc. · HDR · Henderson Engineers  · HNTB ·  HydroGeoLogic Inc. · Infinite Energy Construction · JEO Consulting Group · Louis Berger Group · Lamp, Rynearson & Associates, Inc. · Leidos · LEO A DALY · Los Alamos Technical Associates, Inc. (LATA) · LRS Federal, LLC · Medvolt · Mason & Hanger · Massman Construction Co. · Michael Baker International · 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 · Smith & Lovelss ·  SCS Engineers · SEH ·  Sevenson Environmental Services 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