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Remembering Leonard Marvin

Adjunct Lecturer Len Marvin passed away Dec. 24, 2014
By: Allison Engel
January 15, 2015 —



Leonard (Len) Marvin, 61, who taught in the USC Viterbi School of Engineering and the USC School of Architecture and was the senior design manager for USC Capital Construction, died Dec. 24, 2014 at Keck Hospital of USC. A memorial service in his honor will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31 at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn in Glendale, CA.

At the time of his death, he was working on USC Capital Construction's University Village project. In addition to his Capital Construction work, Marvin taught building construction and advanced cost estimating to master’s students in the USC Viterbi construction engineering and management program for the past 25 years. For the past 10 years, he also taught building systems in the USC Architecture master of building science program.

A licensed architect in California, New Mexico and Illinois, and a member of AIA, his areas of expertise were quality control and quality management, construction administration and estimating and project management. He was also a leader in developing quality control standards for architectural and engineering construction documents.

For 31 years, Marvin worked at the architectural and engineering firm AC Martin Partners, where he had responsibility for some of the largest and most technically complex projects in the United States, including two for the U.S. Department of Energy at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, CA; the renovation of six projects including the structural base isolation of the main hospital tower at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach, CA; the Caltech Beckman Institute research laboratory in Pasadena, CA; the Hughes Research Laboratory in Malibu, CA; three high-rise office buildings in downtown Los Angeles; and a fine arts complex and performance hall at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, among many others. Before joining USC Capital Construction, he was a quality control manager for URS Corporation.

In his USC master’s program classes, he was known for taking students on jobsite tours of a variety of projects currently under construction in the Los Angeles area. His students remember him for making technical issues come alive and showing the relevance to their fields of study. Professor Henry Koffman, director of the USC Viterbi construction engineering and management program said, "He was a true professional, both in the academic world and the industry. I considered him a good friend."

Marvin held both a master’s degree in architecture and an MBA from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, as well as a B.A. in architectural studies from the same university. In addition to AIA, he was a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, Construction Specifications Institute, Construction Management Association of America and certified by Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

He is survived by his wife Bridget and son Matthew.