One of Melissa's Favorite Projects:
It was the Stamford Urby Apartments (while at former company); this was a challenging site that had been abandoned and continuously dewatered for over 30 years with partial construction that had been started at a sub-cellar level, and a concrete garage that required preliminary surveying and investigation to determine it's capacity for reuse. In addition, the project consisted of 10 connected wood buildings around the perimeter of an entire city block, with one additional building in the center landscaped area, all transferring onto the concrete slab which formed the roof of the sub-grade garage. Due to the size of the project, expansion joints were strategically located between buildings and most buildings were 5-6 stories of wood supported by a concrete transfer slab. I enjoyed the challenges this large scale project brought to the table and I get to see the end results every time I'm in downtown Stamford.
The University at Texas Austin
Bachelor of Science
Habitat for Humanity
Melissa Fitter, P.E.
From an early age, Melissa has loved buildings and even wanted to design her own house. When she reached high school, she thought she would become an architect until she realized that her math/science skills were sharper than her art skills. Soon after, while earning an AS degree in drafting and design, her internship at a wood truss company opened her eyes to structural engineering and the rest is history! The opportunity to recommend structural solutions which complement the architectural intent in an efficient manner, resulting in pride in the finished product is one of the most satisfying parts of her job as a structural engineer.
Melissa lends over 20 years of experience in the structural design of building including New Residential & Commercial Construction particularly composed of concrete, wood, masonry or steel. The majority of her design experience has consisted of new concrete flat plate buildings, new wood on concrete podium buildings and in-house peer reviews on all project types.
She has a Merit Award from the ACI NH Concrete Awards for the Marbella South Tower in Jersey City, which was received while working at a former company. Melissa is currently a part of the AIA CT and is signed up for a Women's Build with Habitat for Humanity in Bridgeport this July 2022.
In her spare time, Melissa enjoys spending time and travelling with my family, volunteering through SASO with her son, watching her daughter play lacrosse, going on nightly walks with her Labradoodle and finding a good bargain.