Melissa Shea

Melissa Shea

Melissa Shea, PE


Melissa is a Principal and Project Manager in Walter P Moore’s Structures Group. Based in Washington, D.C., she has been with the firm since 2009. Melissa specializes in virtual design and construction techniques. She manages project delivery and coordination, providing ongoing guidance and insight into the design process, and works closely with both the design team and contractors to ensure solutions transfer seamlessly from ideas in a model into the built world. Melissa enjoys finding elegant, buildable solutions to make a client’s designs a reality while also creating the most value for owners. Melissa’s expertise can be found on several high-profile projects such as VCUH Children’s Hospital Expansion, VCUH Adult Outpatient Pavilion, New Orleans Airport Concourse A, and MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion. 

Melissa earned a bachelor's degree from The College of William and Mary, and a master's degree from Stanford University.

How does what you do make a difference in the world?
I like to think that every little “right” decision we make to reduce a building’s carbon footprint or enhance the user experience has a ripple effect over all the people who come into contact with the building.
What gets your creativity flowing?
I am inspired by tough situations and challenging problems. When I get into trouble, I put all my nervous energy into finding solutions.
What gives you the most satisfaction in your work?
Being part of a team and seeing how each team member brings their different perspective to help identify and tackle challenges.


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