Richardson residents are eagerly awaiting the completion of DART’s Cotton Belt Corridor in 2023.
Also called the Silver Line, the 26-mile service will connect DFW Airport and Shiloh Road in Plano and traverse seven cities: Grapevine, Coppell, Carrollton, Addison, Dallas, Richardson and Plano.
Archer Western Herzog (AWH) is the design-build contractor and representing the company at the chamber is Marvin Jackson, AWH Silver Line regional rail public involvement/community relations manager and diversity and inclusion officer.
“My role with AWH and the management staff afford me the opportunity to give back on behalf of the company,” said Marvin. “Both professional and personal benefits can be found in volunteering.”
AWH is a joint venture between Archer Western Construction and Herzog Contracting Corp. Archer Western is a nationally leading general contractor—the largest bridge builder, fifth largest transit and rail builder and third largest transportation contractor according to Engineering News Record (ENR).
The company is a member of the Walsh Group, a 119-year-old family-owned business group. Herzog, founded in 1969, has become a national leader in the delivery of complex urban rail transit projects; the firm is ranked as the sixth largest mass transit and rail contractor and 116th as a Top 400 Contractors by ENR.
Together with its dedicated designer, Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc., AWH offers a proven team with unmatched transit experience working together. AWH has built or operated every current commuter rail system in Texas.
What does a community relations officer for a major contractor do?
“My day-to-day responsibilities are very dynamic,” said Marvin. “I can find myself in a number of virtual meetings, in the field addressing community inquiries, developing look-ahead schedules, developing city staff notifications, addressing trade staff, or riding the jobsite that is the Silver Line Regional Rail.”
Jackson’s company joined the chamber to stay engaged with city stakeholders and businesses.
“Chamber programming such as the Growth and Mobility Committee and the Business Network sessions keep us informed and connected to the city’s vision. The chamber also allows for the relationship to work both ways as we are out in the community (pre-COVID) and on social media where we get to boast about the activities and opportunities the chamber provides.”
His involvement is more personal. “I have attended a number of chamber events that have generated great connections and led to some volunteer opportunities with the Network of Community Ministries and Architecture and Construction Careers Academy (ACCA) through the RISD.”
“I’m naturally a giver,” he said. “I spend a lot of time volunteering with the Network of Community Ministries, iDream (a partnership between RISD and the chamber), United Way; BA6E non-profit, North Texas Food Bank and Children’s Medical Center.”