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Key Personnel

Metro Engineering Services is a team of highly responsive and results-orientated professionals. We are comprised of licensed engineers, building inspectors, and reserve specialists who have high skill levels and a true passion for the business. Our people are our distinctive difference and our clients can expect to benefit from working with us personally.

 

Marvin C. Bennett Sr., P.E., RS

Principal

As principal of Metro Engineering Services, Marvin Bennett Sr. leverages more than 20 years of engineering experience to successfully lead the company. He is responsible for setting and implementing the company’s strategic direction and ensuring that Metro Engineering Services provides the highest level of service. Over the course of his career, Marvin has distinguished himself by providing superior technical service to clients and by being completely attentive to their needs. 

Metro Engineering Services is a full-service engineering firm located in Maryland, with clients in the D.C. metro area and beyond. The company offers a wide range of customized professional and engineering services for community associations, residential developers, and commercial property managers. 

Marvin believes strongly in delivering quality design and inspection services with solutions that provide unsurpassed value. The firm is well respected for the honesty and integrity of its staff and its dedication to developing cost-effective and practical engineering solutions. Clients appreciate the diligence and engineering expertise of the firm’s professionals and the quality of the end product they receive. From prior experience, clients know that the firm’s philosophy about work is, “do it right the first time.” 

The executive joined Metro Engineering Services in 2005 after working in multi-faceted structural engineering capacities since 1996. Past employers included Langan Engineering and Environmental Services and the Department of Public Works in Baltimore, Maryland, where he focused on public and private assignments on the Eastern Seaboard. Previous international engineering and design services were provided at Brisbane McGrath Engineering Consultants located in the Eastern Caribbean island of St. Kitts. 

Marvin has been fascinated with tall buildings, bridges and complex structures since he was a child. While he did not live in an advantaged community, he was taught to work hard and stay centered on his goals. He received help and encouragement from many individuals along the way and that instilled in him a great desire to give back to the most needy in our communities. 

Marvin holds a Master of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from Morgan State University, Baltimore, Maryland. He has professional engineering licenses in Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C., and New Jersey, and is affiliated with the American Society of Civil Engineers, American Concrete Institute, American Institute of Steel Construction, Community Associations Institute, Structural Engineering Institute, and National Association of Home Builders. Marvin serves on the Quorum Editorial Committee and Education Committee of the Washington Metropolitan Chapter Community Association (WMCCAI). The executive is an avid volunteer for organizations which include Habitat for Humanity, and coaches several youth sports clubs.

Marvin intends to increase the company’s service offerings and geographic reach to Europe, Africa, the Caribbean and Asia. Another goal is to provide a wide range of engineering and professional services to those in less privileged communities throughout the world. 
 

 

Ricky Dawson

Senior Manager, Structural

Ricky Dawson brings a wealth of international civil and structural engineering experience to the role of Senior Manager, Structural at Metro Engineering Services. Though his core specialty is the structural engineering design of buildings, he has also designed roads, bridges, telecommunication and transportation facilities, as well as other civil structures. His work spans the globe, from marine docking facilities in the Virgin Islands to office buildings in England to shopping centers in the U.S.  Ricky has worked on projects for clients such as Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport, First Bank, Rite Way Supermarket, Ross and Hooters.

With a civil engineering degree from Morgan State University in Baltimore, Ricky has practiced structural engineering in the U.S., the U.K., Europe, and Caribbean. He is associated with the Institute of Structural Engineers in the U.K.


 

Lavina Liburd AIA

Project Architect

Liburd brings more than fourteen years of design, construction documentation and administration, and master planning experience for a range of clients and projects in the United States and the Caribbean. She focuses her architectural services on residential, multi-family condominium and commercial buildings.

“Setting the standard for customized engineering in the built environment for community associations, residential developers, and commercial property managers is what Metro Engineering Services does,” said Marvin Bennett Sr., president of Metro Engineering. “We've brought Lavina on board to enhance our engineering practice and grow related architectural services. Her experience in shepherding leading-edge residential and commercial design projects from conception to completion make her a great fit for our growing firm.”

Liburd is a seasoned manager of high-profile design projects with proven experience developing and nurturing client relationships, ensuring design specifications, and meeting financial and cultural client objectives. She has managed the design process on many different kinds of builds including condominiums, custom homes, luxury vacation villas, commercial office buildings, educational buildings and medical facilities. Liburd earned her Master of Science in architecture and urbanism from the University of California, Berkeley and is a graduate from Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University where she earned her Bachelor of Architecture.