Expert Witness Biography

Melanie provides technical investigations, analysis, reports, and testimony toward the resolution of commercial and personal injury litigation involving slip, trip and fall incidents code compliance issues, construction claims, construction materials failures, and professional liability.

Melanie brings 15 years of practice as an architect and construction administrator into her analysis of the proper construction and maintenance of buildings and grounds, good construction practices, accessibility issues and life safety codes. She has a strong proficiency in the evaluation of existing buildings and historic structures. Her depth of skill is drawn from practical experience in the fields of architecture, building construction, and historic preservation. Her career included numerous public buildings, elementary and secondary schools, college campuses, churches, offices, municipal buildings, community buildings, museums and multi-family residential.

Melanie is a lecturer at the University of Colorado–Denver teaching the next generation of architects about building materials and methods, in-field structure assessment, and adaptive reuse issues including code and sustainability challenges.

Ms. Short is registered in the States of Utah, Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Wyoming, Kansas and Colorado and holds certification by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards; she is also a certified user of the English XL slip tester. Her memberships include the American Institute of Architects, Association of Preservation Technology International, and the American Society for Testing and Materials.