Summit at a Glance

Summit is a compact design and engineering firm structured to adapt quickly and efficiently to our client’s needs. We offer our clients innovative design solutions utilizing cutting-edge technology and comprehensive project management for full-service project delivery.  

At Summit, we know that one size rarely fits all. That’s why we approach every project with careful consideration, tailoring a unique approach to the individual needs and challenges they present. We want to ensure that our client’s projects are not only successful but that our design solutions exceed expectations, bringing their vision to life 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. 


A Welcoming Community

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


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


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.


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 is founded in 1997 under the name Callemyn-Parker, Inc., when CEO Jim Parker and land surveyor Alois Callemyn combined their resources.

Services Offered


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.

The Sear-Brown Group is dissolved. Mr. Parker, sensing the opportunity to bring the company back to its roots, establishes Summit Design and Engineering, PLLC, alongside Sherry Jones, Kevin O’Dell, PE, Edmund Purcell, PLS, and Bill McCarthy, PLS.  

Jim, Parker, PE, PLS
Sherry Jones
Kevin O’Dell, PE
Bill McCarthy, PLS
Edmund Purcell, PLS
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Architecture, Geotechnical Engineering and Drilling were added as a service at Summit.

The firm begins offering Architecture, Geotechnical Engineering and Drilling services alongside Surveying and Civil Engineering.

Structural Engineering was added as a service at Summit.

Summit merges with GKC Associates, PA, to add Structural Engineering to the services offered to clients.

Planning was added as a service at Summit.

Summit merges with Community Planning Partners, Inc. (CPP) to add Planning to the services offered to clients

Summit now has 14 office locations.

Summit now employs over 400 people across a multitude of states. We have branch offices across North Carolina in Raleigh, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Asheville, Pittsboro, and Wilmington.  Outside of NC, we also have branch offices in Richmond, Franklin, and South Boston, Virginia; Fairmont, West Virginia; Fort Mill, South Carolina; Denver, Colorado; and Tampa, Florida.

We are licensed to practice throughout the U.S.

Summit Design and Engineering is licensed to practice in multiple states in the U.S., including Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Iowa, Maryland, Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Alabama, and Colorado.

Our Diversity & Inclusion Efforts

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Community Involvement

Committed to Making a Difference.

Summit is deeply committed to the communities in which we live and work. Members of the Summit family sponsor, support, and lead various organizations as diverse as our staff and the projects they lead. We take pride in knowing our employees make a difference.  

Some of the events that our firm has been involved with over the years include:  

  • Team Build Day with the Habitat for Humanity 
  • The Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament (2017, 2018, 2019, 2022) 
  • WTS Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day 
  • AIA Triangle’s CANstruction (2018, 2022).  
  • Toys for Toys donation drives 
  • SECU Family House 
  • AIA Triangle’s Barkitecture 
  • NCDOT Litter Sweep 
  • Central Virginia Salvation Army Angel Tree Program 

These events allow Summit the chance to get involved with our community in a way that is both meaningful and fun for all involved. 

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

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ACEC/NC Large Firm of the Year

ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – 2015, 2020 & 2023

ACEC/NC Large Firm of the Year

ACEC Engineering Excellence Award – 2015, 2020 & 2023

2021 ENR Top 500

2021 ENR Southeast – Top Design Firms

2021 ENR Top 500

2021 ENR Southeast – Top Design Firms

Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 – 7 Years

Triangle Business Journal’s Fast 50 – 7 Years