In memoriam: Leonard Marvin, 61

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In memoriam: Leonard Marvin, 61

January 14, 2015


The senior design manager for USC Capital Construction taught master’s students at USC Viterbi


Leonard (Len) Marvin, 61, who taught at 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 at Keck Hospital of USC.


A memorial service in his honor will be held at 2 p.m. on Jan. 31 at the Church of the Recessional at Forest Lawn in Glendale.


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


Building a significant career


For the past 10 years, he also taught building systems in USC Architecture’s master of building science program. 

A licensed architect in California, New Mexico and Illinois, and a member of the American Institute of Architects, 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 California; the renovation of six projects, including the structural base isolation of the main hospital tower at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach; the Caltech Beckman Institute research laboratory in Pasadena; the Hughes Research Laboratory in Malibu; 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 Capital Construction, Marvin was a quality control manager for URS Corp. 

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 relevancy to their fields of study.


“He was a true professional, both in the academic world and the industry,” said Henry Koffman, director of USC Viterbi’s construction engineering and management program. “I considered him a good friend.”


Marvin held a master’s degree in architecture and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, as well as a B.A. in architectural studies from the same university. He was a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards, the Construction Specifications Institute and the Construction Management Association of America.


He is survived by his wife, Bridget, and son Matthew.

Leonard Marvin, 61