Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Three Oaks on Teams for Two SCDOT Selections

The South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) recently selected Three Oaks Engineering to perform as-needed National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) work as part of a three-year NEPA & Permitting Services On-Call Contract awarded to Tidewater Environmental Services Inc.  We are looking forward to working with our Team members as one of a small group of firms selected for work on challenging projects for SCDOT.

We are also pleased to announce the selection of the team led by Infrastructure Consulting & Engineering (ICE) to prepare the Environmental Assessment and Preliminary Design for the Widening of I-85 in Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties, South Carolina.  Three Oaks is excited to be chosen to lead the NEPA portion of this fast-track and high-profile 16-mile widening project that includes upgrading several interchanges.

Three Oaks Named Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business by League of American Bicyclists

Three Oaks Engineering named a Bronze Bicycle Friendly BusinessSM by the League of American Bicyclists

Durham business promotes bike commuting as part of sustainability focus

Today, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Three Oaks Engineering with a Bronze Bicycle Friendly Business (BFBSM) award, joining more than 800 visionary businesses from across the country.

With the announcement of 150 new and renewing BFBs today in 39 states and Washington, D.C., Three Oaks joins a cutting-edge group of more than 800 local businesses, government agencies and Fortune 500 companies across the United States that are transforming the American workplace.

“Visionary business leaders are recognizing the real-time and long term impact that a culture of bicycling can create,” said Andy Clarke, President of the League of American Bicyclists. “We applaud this new round of businesses for investing in a more sustainable future for the country and a healthier future for their employees.”

“The proximity of the American Tobacco Campus to bicycle and transit routes was a significant factor in our decision to locate here,” said Three Oaks president, Suzanne Unger Young. Three Oaks encourages bicycling as an easy option for transportation and provides amenities such as free bike tune-ups, route planning assistance, guaranteed ride home, and safe bike storage, and incentives such as free breakfasts for bike commuters.  “I love wrenching for my co-workers and encouraging them to get out and ride,” said Three Oaks bicycling coordinator, Craig Young.

Moving forward, Three Oaks will have access to a variety of free tools and technical assistance from the League to become even more bicycle-friendly. When our employees bike, great things happen: in addition to decreasing our carbon footprint and staying active, it promotes a fun and healthy work culture.

To apply or learn more about the free BFB program, visit the League online at

About the Bicycle Friendly AmericaSM Program

The Bicycle Friendly CommunitySM, Bicycle Friendly StateSM, Bicycle Friendly Business and Bicycle Friendly UniversitySM programs are generously supported by program partner Trek Bicycle. To learn more about building a Bicycle Friendly America, visit

The League of American Bicyclists is leading the movement to create a Bicycle Friendly America for everyone. As leaders, our commitment is to listen and learn, define standards and share best practices to engage diverse communities and build a powerful, unified voice for change.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CLOSED: Dream Job Alert! Environmental Scientist - Columbia, SC

Environmental Scientist - Columbia, SC

Three Oaks Engineering is seeking an exceptional individual to join our growing South Carolina practice. We are looking for an environmental scientist with at least ten years of experience to perform natural resource analyses; specifically wetland delineation, threatened and endangered species surveys, permitting, and document preparation.  Experience with NEPA documents, public involvement, and GIS is a plus.  The successful candidate will establish and grow a natural resource practice within the firm.  Therefore, we are looking for an individual with an outstanding reputation within the environmental community. Please articulate in your cover letter your ability to successfully market clients, win work, and manage projects and staff members.  This is an excellent ground floor opportunity for an ambitious individual looking to grow with a dynamic firm.  We intend to hire the best and brightest and have them retire from our firm.  Job hoppers need not apply.      

Three Oaks is a growing, sustainably-oriented, woman-owned business comprised of talented and motivated individuals focused on environmental issues related to all types of infrastructure projects. We are searching for like-minded individuals to work in a collaborative atmosphere with the goals of delivering outstanding products and superior client service, while providing our employees with the flexibility to balance business and family responsibilities. 

BS in environmental science, biology, botany, or related discipline.  Master’s degree is preferred.

At least ten years of experience performing natural systems evaluations.  This includes leading wetland delineation efforts, performing protected species surveys, and preparing permit applications.  GIS, technical writing, and agency coordination experience is not required, but is preferred.

Three Oaks offers exceptional benefits, including health, dental, and matching 401K, as well as flexible work schedules and the opportunity to grow with the company. The salary for this position will be commensurate with experience and capabilities.

Please send resume, cover letter, and writing sample to Jim Buck at

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Three Oaks Selected for US 70 Improvement Project in Craven County

DURHAM, NC, August 6, 2014 – Three Oaks Engineering was selected this week by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to prepare environmental studies and preliminary designs for the proposed upgrade of US 70 from the Neuse River Bridge to Grantham Road in Craven County (STIP No. U-5713).

The project is designed to upgrade existing US 70 to a freeway and has consistently ranked high in NCDOT’s Strategic Mobility Formula because of its ability to address congestion and safety concerns, link communities, and support commerce and tourism.

"We are excited about the opportunity to work on a project that is so important to all of Eastern North Carolina, and especially the local communities along the corridor," said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young, PE.

During the summer months, US 70 is frequently used by motorists headed to Crystal Coast beaches.  It also serves as a major hurricane evacuation route.  One recent study found that improving the US 70 corridor will create hundreds of new jobs and improve the region’s economy by more than one billion dollars.

About Three Oaks:  Founded in 2014, Three Oaks is a Durham-based, woman-owned firm that helps clients accomplish infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs.  With over 75 years of collective experience on a wide range of National Environmental Policy Act projects, coupled with a positive approach and commitment to each client, Three Oaks offers superior, cost-effective, and efficient services.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Three Oaks Certified as SCDOT DBE

Three Oaks Engineering's application for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) was approved by the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SCDOT) on July 29, 2014.  More information about the SCDOT DBE program can be found at this website.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Three Oaks Engineering Welcomes Skip Johnson, Plans to Open Columbia Office

COLUMBIA, SC, April 8, 2014 — Three Oaks Engineering announced today that Skip Johnson has joined the woman-owned Durham, North Carolina-based engineering firm as a principal who will also lead the opening of Three Oaks’ South Carolina office in downtown Columbia.

Johnson brings more than 30 years of professional experience to Three Oaks, including senior level National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) experience.  He previously managed South Carolina operations for Michael Baker International, where he was known for his commitment to providing client service and high-quality products.                         

Johnson has extensive NEPA experience across South Carolina on a variety of transportation and infrastructure projects, including management of environmental impact statements for two sections of the planned Interstate 73 corridor.

“We are thrilled to have Skip join our team,” said Three Oaks president Suzanne Unger Young.  “His experience and leadership will be invaluable to growing our services in South Carolina and across the Southeast.  Most importantly, Skip shares our strong desire to build a company that focuses on delivering exceptional products and superior client service, while at the same time providing for the growth and well-being of our employees.”

Said Johnson, “It’s exciting to join a group of dedicated and capable professionals who believe in having fun while working hard for our clients.”

About Three Oaks Engineering

Founded in 2014, Three Oaks Engineering helps clients accomplish infrastructure projects with careful consideration of community and environmental needs.  With over 75 years of collective experience on a wide range of NEPA projects, coupled with a positive approach and commitment to each client, Three Oaks offers superior, cost-effective, and efficient services.

To learn more about the company, visit

Diana Young-Paiva
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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Three Oaks Certified as NCDOT DBE

Three Oaks Engineering's application for certification as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) was approved by the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) effective March 25, 2014.  More information about the NCDOT DBE program can be found at this website.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Three Oaks Awarded NCDOT Planning & Design Limited Services Contract

The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) selected Three Oaks Engineering for a two-year, $1M limited services contract to provide planning and design services statewide.  "We are thrilled to be selected for this important contract and look forward to the opportunity to offer our environmental planning and community engagement services to NCDOT," said Three Oaks' president, Suzanne Unger Young, PE.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


Many thanks to our friends at Dovetail Cultural Resource Group for this endorsement...

We could not be more impressed with Three Oaks Engineering. Since 2008, we have worked with the company’s principals on the expansive Southeast High Speed Rail project (Richmond, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina) as well as several other undertakings in the Mid-Atlantic region. They are extraordinarily responsive, have impeccable attention to detail, and are very personable. Their knowledge of the NEPA process and their familiarity with key state and federal agency representatives is extraordinary. We highly recommend them for any environmental engineering needs.

Kerri Barile and Mike Carmody
Dovetail Cultural Resource Group


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