In an unforeseen twist of fate, the sign language class at Melina’s high school filled before she could enroll, and she reluctantly settled for Interior Design. These days, when she isn’t traveling or spending time in nature, Melina is having fun when she can take the parts of a project and piece them together into a satisfying outcome. She is also excellent at drawing farm animals.
Melina joined SDG as an intern in 2016, then returned to work for both branches of the company after graduation in 2017. She received her LEED certification in 2016 and finds that it influences all her projects, even ones that are not seeking LEED credits.
Melina has worked on a variety of project types, but especially loves hospitality projects because of the blend of aesthetic creativity on the dining room side and the functionality and efficiency on the kitchen and bar side.
She is in the process of taking the exams to become a licensed interior designer.
There is never a dull moment here and there is always someone to joke with, laugh with, and learn with. Every single person here is approachable and no one expects you to know everything. A PM taught me my first week that no question is a dumb question except the one you have to ask twice and it's 100% true!
“Conceit spoils the finest genius.” – Louisa May Alcott. Staying humble about your work and remaining grateful is the key. It's really not about you - it's about the client and their passion. We are here to make their lives easier, to make a better world for them to live and work in, and deliver them a project that they can be proud of.
I've been to 15 countries, 38 states (including Alaska and Hawaii), and 4 Canadian provinces and territories!
The Atomium in Brussels. It is a structure built for the 1958 World's Fair and is essentially a giant aluminum molecule where you travel to each sphere through escalators in tubes. If it sounds crazy, that's because it is! It's such a unique structure and it was by far my favorite part of the trip.