WHO WE ARE

At a Glance

Summit is a compact engineering and design firm that adapts quickly and offers clients the most current technology, innovative design solutions, and comprehensive project management for turn-key delivery. We know that one size rarely fits all. That’s why we look at the individual needs of every project and match them with our proven technical expertise and experience. When we approach a project, we strive to deliver client success and provide design solutions that exceed expectations through innovation, collaboration, and community support.

Our Purpose

We build partnerships with clients to shape our communities.

Our Vision

To thoughtfully enhance the built-environment by delivering resilient and impactful projects. 

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One Big Family

We encourage and support each other in our endeavors. We welcome different perspectives and ensure everyone’s voice is heard.

Trusted

We do what is right and act with integrity and transparency. We are passionate about our pursuit of excellence.

Versatile

We are nimble and deliver innovative solutions. We are responsive and collaborative in our approach. We lead with purpose and embrace adversity.

Building Success

We know diverse relationships and strong partnerships build sustainable communities. We promote individual growth and share success with our team and partners.

Fun

We work hard and play hard. We invest in community and company events that help our employees and their families feel connected. We make fun part of everything we do.

Our History

Summit Design and Engineering Services was originally founded in 1997 under the name of Callemyn-Parker, Inc., when CEO Jim Parker, PE, PLS, and land surveyor, Alois Callemyn, PLS, combined their resources.

Services Offered

Surveying

Civil Engineering

The Sear-Brown Group, Inc. acquired Callemyn-Parker

The Sear-Brown Group, Inc., located in Rochester, New York, took notice of Callemyn-Parker in 2001 and chose to acquire the firm.

Three years later, when Sear-Brown Group dissolved, Mr. Parker seized the opportunity to steer the company back on its original course. Together with Sherry Jones, Kevin O’Dell, PE, Edmund Purcell, PLS, and Bill McCarthy, PLS, he formed Summit Design and Engineering Services, PLLC.

Jim, Parker, PE, PLS
Sherry Jones
Kevin O’Dell, PE
Bill McCarthy, PLS
Edmund Purcell, PLS

Architecture was added as a service at Summit.

The firm now offered clients Surveying, Civil Engineering, and Architecture services for their projects.

Structural Engineering was added as a service at Summit.

Summit merged with GKC Associates, PA to add Structural Engineering to the services offered to clients. With this addition, the firm now offered Surveying, Civil Engineering, Architecture, and Structural Engineering.

Planning was added as a service at Summit.

Summit merged with Community Planning Partners, Inc. (CPP) to add Planning to the services offered to clients. With this addition, the firm now offered Surveying, Civil Engineering, Architecture, Structural Engineering, and Planning.

Summit now has 14 office locations.

Our firm has 7 office locations in North Carolina including Hillsborough, Pittsboro, Raleigh, Indian Trail, Fayetteville, Asheville, and Wilmington. We have 3 office locations in Virginia as well, including one in South Boston, one in Richmond, and one in Franklin. Our other locations include Fort Mill, SC, Fairmont, West Virginia, Tampa, Florida, and Denver, Colorado.

We are licensed to practice throughout the U.S.

Our firm is currently licensed to practice in multiple states in the U.S. including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, Florida, Texas, and Colorado.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

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Community Involvement

Committed to Making a Difference.

Our firm is deeply committed to the communities in which they live and work. Members of the Summit family sponsor, support, and lead various organizations that are as diverse as our staff and the projects that they lead. We take pride in knowing our employees make a difference. Some of the events that our firm has been involved with recently include a Team Build Day with the Habitat for Humanity, The Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament 2019, WTS Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, and the AIA CANstruction in 2018. These events give Summit a chance to be involved with the community in a way that benefits all those participating.

Our Active Memberships

ACEC North Carolina

ACEC Virginia

Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)

Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA)

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Asheville Chamber of Commerce

Wilmington Chamber of Commerce

Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce

Franklin County Chamber of Commerce

Chatham Chamber of Commerce

Urban Land Institute (ULI)

American Institute of Architects (AIA)

Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)

American Public Works Association (APWA) North Carolina

American Public Works Association (APWA) Virginia

Florida Transportation Builders Association (FTBA)

Halifax Chamber of Commerce

We Make Fun Part of Everything We Do

Awards

Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 – 7 Years

ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – 2015 & 2020

Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 – 7 Years

ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – 2015 & 2020

2021 ENR Top 500

2021 ENR Southeast – Top Design Firms

2021 ENR Top 500

2021 ENR Southeast – Top Design Firms