Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Eileen Yang Joins GBA

Last month, GBA welcomed Eileen Yang, P.E., PTOE, to our Traffic Group team. Eileen is a specialist in traffic simulation and travel demand model development and her background includes several significant study and modeling jobs throughout the Midwest.

Eileen has completed travel demand forecast models for clients such as the City of Olathe, the City of Liberty in Missouri; the cities of North Platte and Norfolk, Nebraska; the Ozarks Transportation Organization in Missouri and the Flint Hills MPO in Kansas. She also completed travel analysis for special events at the Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, and developed a VISUM model for downtown Kansas City, Missouri, as a whole.

Her traffic study experience includes work for MoDOT and KDOT, as well as traffic impact work for cities and developers for projects in Olathe, Fort Scott and Bonner Springs, Kansas; and Independence and Kansas City, Missouri.

She has also supported transit studies, especially on ridership forecast and multi-modal transportation analysis for KDOT’s I-70 corridor, State Avenue in Wyandotte County, Kansas, and the North Oak corridor in Kansas City, Missouri.

Eileen holds a master’s degree from the University of Kansas in civil transportation planning and traffic engineering. Her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering comes from Hefei University of Technology in Hefei Anhui, China.

“We are very excited to have Eileen leading our travel demand modeling efforts,” said associate Mandy Anderson, P.E., PTOE.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

GBA Builders Welcomes New Director of Operations

GBA Builders,LLC recently welcomed Joshua Reeves, LEED AP, as Director of Operations. With nearly 20 years of experience, ten of which he served in a leadership role, Joshua brings a solid understanding of complex projects, having managed and constructed chemistry and biological labs, higher ed facilities, public buildings and industrial projects, both domestically and internationally.  He is passionate about creating the very best result for clients and the community – creating buildings of opportunity.

What are your passions? 
I really enjoy spending time with my family and friends around the pool, KSU football games and quiet time with my family at home. 

Name your greatest achievement(s) 
Professionally, my greatest achievement is a toss-up between leading the building team on The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art and the Henry Bloch School for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at UMKC.  Both were extraordinary opportunities and a great source of community pride - I am proud of my role with each project.  Personally, my greatest achievement is in process - I’m working on a dive site bucket list.

What do you like to do in your spare time?
I enjoy yoga, scuba diving, playing in the pool, and single malt scotch.  Winter and I don’t get along, so I try to go scuba diving at least once each winter.  I’m also in the second year of a complete basement renovation which is more work than I can handle.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Career Fair Time

As students begin the new semester at school, we encourage them to look for us at the upcoming career fairs and visit our website for available positions. We look forward to meeting everyone.

Please look for us at one of the upcoming career fairs at the following universities:

September 16, 2014
University of Missouri - Columbia, MO

September 17, 2014
University of Kansas - Lawrence, KS

September 23, 2014
Missouri University of Science and Technology - Rolla, MO

September 24, 2014
Kansas State University - Manhattan, KS

September 30, 2014
University of Nebraska - Lincoln, NE
University of Missouri Kansas City - Kansas City, MO

College students are not the only staff we are looking for, so please visit our careers page to see all of our available opportunities.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Johnson Drive Ribbon Cutting

On Friday, August 15th, the City of Merriam cut the ribbon on the Johnson Drive bridge over Turkey Creek, designed by GBA. 

The 150-foot-long, three-span bridge was a superstructure replacement, necessary to replace old pre-stressed double tee beams that were in poor condition and continuing to deteriorate. GBA’s new design included weathered steel girders, a new bridge deck and aesthetic improvements including brick and stone on the bridge columns, decorative lamp posts with hanging planters and new fencing. The project also added barriers and handrails between the sidewalk and driving lands for added pedestrian safety. 

The bridge was built in phases to accommodate the utility conduits on the bridge and maintain pedestrian access during construction. The bridge was closed to vehicular traffic in an effort to meet the city’s primary goal, which was opening the bridge before the grand opening of the IKEA store near the bridge site. The IKEA store opens Sept. 10.

Construction cost was $1.6 million.