Summit Design and Engineering 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 the Summit staff and the projects that they lead. Summit takes pride in knowing our employees make a difference. Some of the events Summit has been involved with recently are AIA CANstruction 2018, The Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament, WTS Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day and the SECU Family House 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament. These events give Summit a chance to be involved with the community in a way that benefits all those participating.



The goal of CANstruction, in addition to providing thousands of pounds of food for hunger relief assistance, is to put a spotlight on the design and construction industry giving back to the communities they help to design and build. Architects, engineers, designers and/or contractors participate either by entering competing teams from their firms or by mentoring teams of students, local businesses, clubs or civic organizations.

The Summit team completed a light rail design going from Durham to Raleigh out of approximately 3,293 cans. As you can see in the image of the design, the Lucky Strike tower and the Raleigh Acorn were included as the anchor points for the two cities. After judging, Summit took home the award for Structural Ingenuity! It was such a great opportunity for teamwork that also gave back to the community for a great cause.

Lightrail from Durham to Raleigh Canstruction Design for the AIA CANstruction event in Raleigh, NC in 2018.


Summit Holt Brothers Team photo from the Holt Brothers Foundation Flag Football Tournament in Raleigh, NC.

The Holt Brothers Foundation provides education, emotional support, peer empathy and inspiration to children whom have a parent with cancer. Two brothers, Torry and Terrence were profoundly impacted by their mother's diagnosis of lymphoma and she unfortunately passed away after a 10 year battle. Both brothers wanted to create a support system for children that were facing the same difficult situation and they started the Holt Brothers Foundation.

The Holt Brothers Bank of America Bowl featured 22 teams this year. Each team raised money up until the day of the tournament, which was all donated to the Holt Brothers Foundation. The tournament was held at the NC State indoor/outdoor practice facilities in Raleigh on May 19th. The event also featured a cornhole tournament and tailgating for all companies that participated.


NCDOT and WTS NC Triangle collaborated on a student outreach program for “Introduce a Girl to Engineering” Day April 18th. High School girls interested in engineering had the opportunity to participate in hands-on transportation-related engineering activities and also participated in a question-and-answer session with female engineers from various disciplines. Volunteer engineers also shared the daily duties and skills necessary for their jobs while encouraging young women to maintain their math and science skills, which are necessary to enter programs in college.

Summit had several team members volunteer to help with the event. Our volunteers helped with activities and also with lunch. With women making up only 12% of engineers in the United States, this event worked to promote engineering as a desirable career option to young adult females. Our team was proud to help with this event and enjoyed encouraging young women to be involved with engineering.

Our volunteers for the Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day sponsored by NCDOT and WTS NC Triangle.


Jim Parker & Eric Olsen at the Secu Family House 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament.

On April 13th SECU Family House had a 10th Anniversary Golf Tournament and Birthday Party to celebrate. Summit was proud to be a sponsor for this event, helping the SECU Family House celebrate their milestone. In previous years, Summit has also volunteered at the SECU Family House by serving meals to those staying there.

For those who are not sure what the SECU Family House is, it provides a safe, nurturing, affordable home for patients and their loved ones who travel great distances to UNC Hospitals for life-saving procedures and serious illnesses. They provide guests with lodging, meals, supportive programs, transportation and a caring support network.


Listed below are organizations that Summit is currently an active member of

  • Hillsborough Chamber of Commerce
  • Chapel Hill/Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  • Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Chatham County Chamber of Commerce
  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce
  • Halifax County Chamber of Commerce
  • Franklin-South Hampton Chamber of Commerce
  • Virginia Transportation Construction Alliance (VTCA)
  • ACEC National
  • ACEC North Carolina
  • ITS Carolinas
  • Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
  • American Society of Highway Engineers (ASHE)
  • AIA Triangle Individual Memberships
  • ABC of the Carolinas
  • WTS International - North Carolina Chapter
  • WTS International - Virginia Chapter
  • HBA of Durham, Orange and Chatham Counties
  • Urban Land Institute (ULI)
  • Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA)