Three Oaks Welcomes Christy Shumate to Our Columbia, SC, Office!

Three Oaks Engineering is pleased to announce that Christy Shumate, AICP, has joined our Columbia, South Carolina, office!

Christy will serve as a Senior Environmental Planner and will support our transportation clients such as the South Carolina Department of Transportation and County Transportation divisions. She has over 20 years of experience in the transportation industry with DOT projects completed in SC, NC, VA, WV, and GA. In her recent role as Senior Transportation Planner/ Project Manager, she led some of the largest environmental analysis projects in recent NCDOT history and assisted the NCDOT in developing guidance documents related to NEPA streamlining and the Clean Water Act Section 404 Merger process. In addition to her planning and NEPA experience, she provides expertise in visual impact assessment, Section 4(f) and Section 6(f) compliance, public and stakeholder outreach, and Environmental Justice evaluation.

“I am so excited to join the Three Oaks team in South Carolina and am looking forward to getting involved in some of the great projects they are working on with SCDOT and others across the state,” Christy stated.

“We couldn’t be happier to welcome Christy to our team,” said Three Oaks SC practice leader Mark Mohr. ” She is incredibly talented, and we are excited about her future with us.”

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Three Oaks Receives SBA Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business Certification

March 9, 2021

Three Oaks Engineering has been certified as an Economically Disadvantaged Women-Owned Small Business (EDWOSB) by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program (WOSB Program), as set forth in Title 13, Part 127 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). With this certification, Three Oaks is eligible to compete for WOSB Federal Contracting Program set-aside contracts within eligible industries where women-owned small businesses are underrepresented. The federal government’s goal is to award at least 5 percent of all federal contract dollars to women-owned small businesses each year.

We look forward to offering our environmental, planning, and traffic engineering services to new clients in the federal market. You can learn more about our services at   

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Three Oaks Named 2020 Employer of the Year by WTS NC Triangle

Originally posted May 27, 2020

Three Oaks Engineering has been named 2020 Employer of the Year by the North Carolina Triangle chapter of WTS International. Three Oaks was selected because of its commitment to recruiting, retaining, and advancing women. “We appreciate the efforts of WTS to highlight organizations that recruit and retain women as part of their mission to attract, sustain, connect and advance women’s careers to strengthen the transportation industry,” said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young. “Three Oaks is a proud sponsor of WTS.”

Young founded Three Oaks in 2014 after 18 years in the consulting engineering industry. Three Oaks was born of a desire to create the kind of workplace she dreamed of, with a focus on helping clients accomplish infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs while striving to be a sustainable partner in the community and providing employees with the flexibility to balance business and family responsibilities. Over the last six years, Three Oaks has grown to 40 staff across three offices – American Tobacco Campus in Durham (headquarters), Centennial Campus in Raleigh, and Columbia, South Carolina. The company has been recognized for its sustainability practices with bronze status in the Bull City Workplace Challenge and is a silver League of American Bicyclists Bicycle Friendly Business.

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Three Oaks Selected for Outstanding Achievement Award in Professional Services

Originally posted October 8, 2019

Three Oaks Engineering received an Outstanding Achievement Award in Professional Services at the Durham Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week Honors Lunch this afternoon. The City of Durham’s nomination noted that, “[Three Oaks Engineering’s] performance and sustainability speaks to their continued success and growth over the years and the value proposition they have established within their industry. Three Oaks Engineering continuously interacts in meaningful discussions with City staff in outreach events and other related functions. Their diversity of service offerings from aquatic surveying to public engagement coordination further illustrates their multi-disciplinary appeal. Their expertise has been utilized on multiple projects with the City of Durham throughout the year.”

About MED Week
The mission of MED Week in the City of Durham is to recognize and celebrate the contributions of minority- and women-owned businesses to the economic vibrancy of our community, and promote their continued growth and success. Through a week-long series of education, outreach and recognition events, we proudly support the development of diverse businesses in Durham. 

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Three Oaks Engineering named a Silver Bicycle Friendly Business by the League of American Bicyclists

Originally posted December 20, 2017

Three Oaks Engineering is now a League of American Bicyclists recognized Silver Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM (BFBSM)!

Three Oaks joins a cutting-edge group of over 1,100 local businesses, government agencies, and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“The League of American Bicyclists is excited to recognize this latest group of new and renewing Bicycle Friendly Businesses for making their workplaces and their communities safer, happier, healthier, and more sustainable through bicycling,” said Amelia Neptune, Director of the Bicycle Friendly America program. “We applaud these businesses, including Three Oaks, for leading the charge in creating a more bicycle-friendly America for everyone.”

Learn more about the League’s Bicycle Friendly Business program at

Bicycle Friendly Business is a Service Mark of the League of American Bicyclists; used with permission.

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The Catena Group Joins Three Oaks Engineering

Originally posted June 1, 2015

Three Oaks Engineering, a leading Durham, North Carolina-based engineering firm, announced today that environmental services firm The Catena Group has joined the woman-owned company, making Three Oaks one of the largest natural resource consultants in North Carolina.

The move allows Three Oaks clients throughout the Carolinas to call upon Catena’s corps of biologists for a broad range of environmental work, including specialized threatened and endangered species surveys, ecological/habitat evaluations, wetland and stream delineations, and environmental permitting.  

Catena founder and president Michael Wood will become a Principal at Three Oaks and continue to run the firm’s Hillsborough, North Carolina office.  With more than 25 years of public and private sector experience, Wood has developed a reputation for working with clients and regulatory agencies on environmental permitting issues.  His team is renowned for its aquatic work, including hundreds of surveys for federally-protected freshwater mussels.

“It’s an exciting day at Three Oaks, both for our staff and our clients,” said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young.  “Three Oaks and Catena share a strong commitment to sustainability. We have a common vision and shared values that focus on delivering superior client service, while simultaneously recognizing that our employees are our greatest asset.”

Wood, who founded Catena in 2002, added, “We look forward to providing our combined suite of services to clients in both North and South Carolina.  This venture creates an even stronger company that can continue to be relied upon to deliver services of the highest quality for years to come.” 

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