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Lerch Bates Promotes Mike Lagana To Regional Manager Of Florida Region

Lagana Joined Firm in 2010 and Has Significantly 
Contributed to Firm’s Continued Growth
Mike Lagana
Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry veteran Mike Lagana to regional manager of the firm’s Florida Region.

Lagana previously served as a senior consultant for Lerch Bates in its Florida Region, regularly assisting clients in north and central Florida as well as in Puerto Rico with equipment condition assessments, code inspections and modernization planning and execution management. His passion and dedication for assisting clients with all facets of the elevator and escalator industry has been instrumental in Lerch Bates’ rapid growth in the Sunshine State during the last four years.

“Mike has developed exceptional knowledge and expertise of the local vertical transportation industry and is an authority on the latest codes, industry technologies and vast product offerings available throughout Florida,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He continues to prove his steadfast commitment to strategically growing Lerch Bates’ market share and providing superior and unmatched customer service in the state. His dedication to our industry and, importantly, our firm is unwavering and I’m pleased to announce his new position with our firm.”

Lagana served as a senior account manager and assistant service manager for KONE prior to joining Lerch Bates in October 2010. He earned Bachelor of Science degrees in business leadership and marketing from Le Moyne College in Syracuse, New York.

Lerch Bates Promotes Jeremiah Potter To Regional Manager Of Ohio Region

Potter Joined Firm in 2012 And Has Significantly
Contributed to Firm’s Regional Growth

Jeremiah PotterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry leader Jeremiah Potter to regional manager of the firm’s Ohio Region.

Potter previously served as a consultant in Lerch Bates’ Ohio Region (Ohio, western Pennsylvania, eastern Indiana, Virginia and Kentucky). He quickly grew the firm’s market share and established the employee-owned company as the preferred vertical transportation consulting firm for new equipment design, modernization, maintenance evaluations, construction services and due diligence assessments.

“Jeremiah has been instrumental in Lerch Bates’ steady growth and expansion in the Ohio Region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “His extensive knowledge of the markets in Ohio and surrounding states has proved to be invaluable for our firm. I’m very pleased to announce Jeremiah’s new role with Lerch Bates and look forward to our company’s continued development in the region.”

Potter served as a territory manager and maintenance supervisor for Otis Elevator Group, a leading manufacturer of elevators, escalators and moving walkways, prior to joining Lerch Bates in May 2012. During his tenure with the firm, he was the primary account representative for The Ohio State University Medical Center, Battelle Laboratories and Continental Realty in metropolitan Columbus and provided supervision for Otis maintenance personnel in the Youngstown area.

Potter earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a Master of Business Administration from Case Western Reserve University.

Lerch Bates Acquires Joseph Neto & Associates Of New York City

lb520x_020915_Logo Options_v2Lerch Bates Inc., headquartered in Littleton, Colo., announced it has completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. This merger expands upon Lerch Bates’ global leadership in consulting services for the building industry. Both entities are well known as specialized experts in elevator and escalator consulting and the combined resources of the two firms strengthen their positions in the tremendous New York market.

“The addition of JNA to our presence in New York is extremely beneficial because of the quality reputation and excellent relationships the firm has developed over decades in New York City,” said Lerch Bates CEO and President Bart Stephan. “JNA has superior depth of technical resources and experienced personnel active in elevator and escalator new design, modernization, service and inspection businesses. We look forward to the future, leveraging the combined resources of Lerch Bates and Neto serving the elevator consulting needs of clients throughout New York.”

Joseph Neto & Associates President Joe Neto expressed, “This new combined entity is beneficial for all employees and enables us to offer unequaled technical expertise to all of our clients and prospective clients in New York. We believe this opportunity will enable us to serve architects, building owners and managers well beyond what has been available in the market previously. This partnership with Lerch Bates expands our ability to serve our clients not just domestically, but globally through offices in key international locations.”

As a 100% employee-owned company, Lerch Bates serves the building industry with a unique employee ownership dedication to its clients in thirty locations throughout the United States. The JNA acquisition will expand the employee base of talented individuals in the greater New York market. The companies have worked closely together leading up to the acquisition developing an integration plan to communicate to clients and prospects the combined expertise, knowledge base and geographic coverage that can be leveraged globally. The new entity will operate as Joseph Neto & Associates, a Lerch Bates Company, for an interim period of time.

ABOUT JOSEPH NETO & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has been in business for over 28 years. Slow and steady growth, primarily through repeat business and word of mouth from satisfied customers, has allowed JNA to provide the personal service and technical expertise that our valued customers have grown to depend on. What started out as a “Mom & Pop” New York based elevator inspection agency has developed into a comprehensive vertical transportation consulting firm, providing design, project management and consulting services for new and existing buildings as well as maintenance management, inspections and testing services for existing buildings.

Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has become one of the largest vertical transportation consulting firms in the New York City metropolitan area, working with some of the most prestigious architects, developers, property owners and property management companies throughout New York, Washington D.C./ Northern Virginia and Boston.

Lerch Bates Joins Team Designing Landmark Project In Los Angeles

$1 Billion Oceanwide Plaza Will Add Three High-Rises to the City of Angels Skyline 

Downtown Los Angeles is currently undergoing an extraordinary revival as new significant construction projects continue to revitalize the area. Lerch Bates has been awarded coveted contracts by architecture firm RTKL to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems (and waste management) for Oceanwide Plaza (formerly known as Fig Central). A groundbreaking ceremony for the retail, residential and hotel mixed-use project was held on March 19.

Oceanwide Plaza renderingOceanwide Plaza is a $1 billion development that will alter the Los Angeles skyline with a collection of three highrise towers, adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The 4.6-acre project will feature a 183-room hotel, 504 luxury condominiums, and 166,000 square feet of commercial space. The 49-story north tower will rise 677 feet and will include a five-star hotel, 164 condos, hotel ballrooms, nightclub, premium fitness center, celebrity chef restaurant and an opulent spa. The development’s 530-feet south towers will each be 40 stories and will include 170 condominiums in each highrise. The buildings will sit on a seven-story podium that will feature an upscale shopping center, restaurants and an elevated private park with greenery and a playground. The project is envisioned as an extension of L.A. Live and will add abundant retail to an area of the city’s downtown that is currently dominated by event venues and restaurants. Oceanwide Plaza is being developed by Oceanwide Plaza LLC, a subsidiary of Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings Group and is located at the corner of Figueroa and 11th Street in downtown Los Angeles. RTKL designed the project and construction is underway with a completion date expected in 2018.

“Oceanwide Plaza will transform the already evolving downtown district of Los Angeles into a more dense and walkable area,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The sleek and contemporary towers that make up the project will be a welcomed addition to the city’s skyline. Lerch Bates is eager to begin working on this large-scale development as it will greatly advance the dynamic urbanization of the city’s downtown.”

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world and has built a reputation as the premier designer of façade access systems. The company has consulted on the vertical transportation and façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, of many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428- meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476- foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Lerch Bates is currently working on other high profile construction projects in downtown Los Angeles including designing the modern façade access system for Wilshire Grand, a high-rise tower being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. The high-rise will be the tallest building west of Chicago when it is expected to be completed in 2017. The $1 billion 73-story glass-clad tower is currently being constructed in the city’s financial district and is just blocks from the bourgeoning entertainment district anchored by the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The tower will include a four-star hotel as well as 400,000 square feet of office, 45,100 square feet of retail space and a soaring spire that will raise the total height of the skyscraper to 1,100 square feet, rising 82 feet higher than the city’s 1,018-feet U.S. Bank Tower.

Lerch Bates Appoints Mark Gustafson Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Skilled Vertical Transportation Consultants Around the World

Mark GustafsonLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Mark Gustafson has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Phoenix, Ariz., office. He joins the international firm with more than 27 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

Gustafson will provide vertical transportation analysis and design in the growing Arizona and New Mexico markets. In his new role with Lerch Bates, he will perform vertical transportation system studies, provide design and construction services for elevator and escalator equipment, manage design and contract documents and execute vertical transportation maintenance evaluations. He most recently served as the chief elevator inspector for the City of Phoenix for 16 years and as an inspector for the city for 11 years.

“Mark joins Lerch Bates with valuable local knowledge of the Southwest’s intricate vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “The firm’s diverse team of experienced elevator consultants continues to grow in the United States and around the world and we welcome Mark to our organization. I look forward to his contributions as the construction industry continues to rebound in Arizona and New Mexico.”

Gustafson attended Kansas State University and is a QEI-1 certified elevator inspector.

Lerch Bates Appoints Melanie Maass Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with More Than 17 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Lerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Melanie Maass has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Los Angeles, Calif., office. She joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics with more than 17 years of valuable experience in the elevator and escalator industry.

Melanie is tasked with managing vertical transportation studies, perform maintenance evaluations, designs and overseeing construction services for vertical transportation equipment as Lerch Bates continues to steadily grow its market share in Southern California. She previously served as a senior service account manager, service sales manager and modernization manager for Otis Elevator Company in the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles/Orange County markets. She designed data driven methods to increase company profits, provided training and development services and supported the company’s service, new equipment and modernization business. During her tenure as a modernization manager, Maass performed all surveys, ordering and project management in an effort to provide exceptional customer service, quality and on-time delivery.

“Melanie joins Lerch Bates at a critical time as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy in greater Los Angeles,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She is a much welcomed addition to our Southern California team as she brings the valuable experience, knowledge and extraordinary customer service skills needed to support our increasing presence in the marketplace.”

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Business from San Francisco State University, Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California and a PsyD in Organization Development from California School of Professional Psychology.

Lerch Bates To Design Vertical Transportation Systems For New Atlanta Stadium

Facility Will Be the New Home of the Atlanta Falcons and Recently Awarded Major League Soccer Team
A new $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium is currently being constructed in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is expected to revolutionize how sports facilities are designed in the future. Lerch Bates, the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world, has been selected to design the vertical transportation systems for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and recently announced yet-to-be named Major League Soccer team.

The focal point of the sports and entertainment complex will be the eight massive triangular roof pieces that will run on individual tracks to open and close. Mimicking a camera shutter, the moving roof will be unique among sports stadiums and is expected to make the facility an instant icon in Georgia’s capital city. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2017 and will replace the aging Georgia Dome, home of the Falcons since 1992.

“Atlanta’s new stadium features an exceptional nontraditional design that is the first of its kind,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The facility is a highly creative sports and entertainment complex that will help ensure the city continues to attract world-class sporting and cultural events. Lerch Bates is honored to be a part of the team designing and constructing this new landmark for one of America’s leading cities.”

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Lerch Bates was founded in 1947 and has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access systems around the world. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Atlanta’s new stadium is the latest sports complex project that has involved Lerch Bates in the design process. The firm announced in January that it was selected by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to design the façade access systems for the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The $1.024 billion stadium is currently being
built on 33 acres adjacent to downtown Minneapolis and replaces the 32-year old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The yet-to-be-named multipurpose facility will include approximately 1.75 million square feet, 65,000 seats (expanding to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl), seven levels including two general admission concourses and the largest transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation.

Lerch Bates announced in October of last year that it was selected by global architecture firm AECOM to design the complex façade access system of the temporarily named Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) in Sacramento, Calif. The National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings will be the primary tenant of ESC although the $477 million facility also will host other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family oriented entertainment. Totaling more than 600,000 square feet, the arena would include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of publicly and privately financed ESC is expected to be completed in time for the 2016-17 NBA regular season.

Lerch Bates was chosen by MANICA Architecture in 2013 to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure. The $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex features a honeycomb patterned skin that will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. Completion is expected in 2017.

Dewar Partnership Appoints Colin Burrowes And David Doyle Vertical Transportation Consultants As Firm Experiences Growth

Lift and Escalator Company Recently Became a Subsidiary of Lerch Bates Inc.
Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based lift and escalator consulting firm recently acquired by Lerch Bates Inc., announced that Colin Burrowes and David Doyle have joined the company as vertical transportation consultants. The announcement comes as Dewar Partnership continues to increase its market share in the United Kingdom and plans expansion throughout Europe

Colin BurrowesBurrowes joined Dewar Partnership with more than 30 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry. Prior to joining the firm, he worked as an independent lift consultant throughout the United Kingdom. He also has served as a regional sales manager for KONE Great Britain as well as for The Express Lift Company and Evans
Lifts Ltd., both subsidiaries of OTIS. Burrowes is a graduate of Northampton College of Further Education and Nene Technical College (now The University of Northampton).

David DoyleDoyle recently served as a portfolio sales manager for Schindler Group were he grew the firm’s client base and negotiated new and expiring contracts. He also worked for ThyssenKrupp Elevator as a new business development manager and as a service account manager. Doyle’s professional qualifications include accreditation to ISMM advanced management coaching.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced on Dec. 2, 2014, that the firm reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based lift and escalator consulting company. The firm also announced at that time Steve Fall, with more than 38 years of valuable industry experience, was named managing director of Dewar Partnership. Matt Scanlan, a 42-year industry veteran and previous owner of Dewar Partnership, remained with the firm as an executive director and as a member of its Board of Management.

Dewar Partnership provides innovative technical and economical solutions to improve the operation, quality and safety of lifts and escalators throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. The firm’s team of expert consultants specializes in the vertical transportation needs of the commercial, leisure, financial, retail, education, health,
transportation and aviation industries in both the public and private sectors. To learn more about Dewar Partnership, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates Inc. is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the lift and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The firm relies on its unique expertise in lift engineering and technology to design and modernize lift systems all over the world including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

 

 

Lerch Bates Inc.: Changes In European Operations

Lerch Bates Inc., the Denver, Colorado, based international consulting firm for elevators, façade access and building logistics, confirms it is not associated with MovvéO Ltd. of the United Kingdom. Lerch Bates Inc. is now engaged with new opportunities in Europe through its Dewar Partnership brand.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced on Dec. 2, 2014, that the firm reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based elevator and escalator consulting company. The firm also announced at that time Steve Fall, an industry leader with more than 38 years of valuable industry experience who has developed a detailed and comprehensive level of expertise in the installation, project management, modernization and maintenance sectors of the vertical transportation industry, was named Managing Director of Dewar Partnership. Matt Scanlan, a 42-year industry veteran and previous owner of Dewar Partnership, remains with the firm as an Executive Director and as a member of its Board of Management. Lerch Bates Inc. will continue to operate in Europe under the Dewar Partnership brand.

MovvéO Ltd. is owned and led by Chairman Adrian Godwin.

For more information, contact Steve Fall at +44 (0) 203 151 2088 or stephen.fall@dewarpartnership.co.uk.

Lerch Bates to Design Facade Access Systems of New Vikings Stadium

$1 Billion Modern Sports Facility to Be Completed Prior to 2016 NFL Season

Vikings stadium 3Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access
and materials management, has been selected by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to design the façade access systems for the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings.

The $1.024 billion stadium is currently being built on 33 acres adjacent to downtown Minneapolis and replaces the 32-year old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The yet-to-be-named multipurpose facility will include approximately 1.75 million square feet, 65,000 seats (expanding to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl), seven levels including two general admission concourses and the largest transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation. A groundbreaking ceremony for the new stadium was held in December 2013. Demolition of the Metrodome was completed early last year.

Featuring a soaring prow, the stadium’s dramatic sloped rooftop will be constructed of ETFE, a durable adaptable plastic-like material, on the building’s southern half. It will encompass more than 60 percent of the structure’s roof and span 240,000 square feet. Notable structures around the world that feature ETFE include Beijing National Aquatics Center, constructed for the 2008 Summer Olympics and colloquially known as the WaterCube, Britain’s Eden Project and Forsyth Barr Stadium in New Zealand.

“Lerch Bates is honored to join the distinguished team of leaders designing the new Minnesota Vikings stadium,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “This ambitious project combines sustainability, efficient functionality and beautiful geometric architecture. It will instantly become a must-see destination in the Twin Cities and will set a new standard for future indoor stadiums around the world.”

The facility’s bold and progressive design also features five 95 feet high glass doors, the world’s largest, that will open up into a three-acre plaza, 8,000 club seats, 116 suites and a configuration that will put fans closer to the field than any other NFL stadium. Building the stadium is predicted to create 7,500 fulltime and part-time jobs and will require nearly 4.3 million work hours during its 3-year construction. In addition to NFL games, the year-round facility will be capable of hosting other sporting events including college bowl games, MLS soccer, NCAA basketball and baseball as well as motocross, concerts, high school sports events and conventions. The new stadium will be publicly owned by Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority (MSFA) and is expected to open in time for the Vikings’ 2016 season. To learn more, visit newminnesotastadium.com.