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Lerch Bates Selected To Join Team Redeveloping San Francisco International Airport Terminal

$2.4 Billion Project Expected to Be Completed in 2024

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, will design the complex vertical transportation systems for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 1 (T1). SFO is redeveloping T1, one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience.SFO T1 rendering

“Lerch Bates continues to be selected as the designer of elevator and escalator systems for prestigious landmark projects under construction around the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The redevelopment of SFOs Terminal 1 is a substantial undertaking that will affect how people fly in and out of one of the busiest airports in the United States. We’re very pleased that we were chosen to be a part of this respected design team.”
T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it handles each year. When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E. T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED© Gold certification. T1 will remain open during its redevelopment with construction expected to be completed in 2024.

SFO T1 rendering 2The $2.4 billion project includes: 

  • 24 new MRL elevators, 22 new machine room-less escalators (MRL), four new moving walks and the modernization of two Westmont speedwalks
  • Design and construction of T1’s north, south and central areas 
  • A new Boarding Area B (B/A B) with improved passenger circulation and access to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges and new concessions 
  • A refreshed Boarding Area C 
  • A new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a re-composure area, a new common use Baggage Handling System and baggage claims and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the Central Parking Garage.

Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Appoints Tim Russell Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Tim Will Provide Elevator and Escalator Consulting Services Throughout Greater New York City

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Tim Russell has been named consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in its Manhattan office.

Tim will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, and due diligence studies in his new role with Lerch Bates. He will also be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services, vertical transportation evaluations, and contracting documents for equipment.

“Tim is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Metropolitan New York is a very important market for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in the region.”

Tim previously worked as a supervisor, project manager, and most recently, senior project manager for Schindler Elevator Corporation. His notable projects include a $36 million elevator modernization project for 902-foot Scotia Plaza, the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes’ Village in Toronto, and 844-foot Devon Energy Head Quarters in Oklahoma City. He also has served in multiple locations around the world for 13 years as a combat engineer officer for the United States Army.

Tim holds a Master of Public Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Engineering Technology from West Texas A&M University.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Awarded Coveted Vertical Transportation And Facade Access Systems Contracts For Multi-Billion Dollar Las Vegas Resort

Chinese-Themed Resorts World Las Vegas is Currently Under Construction on Las Vegas Strip
The largest construction boom since the 1950s is underway on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip. The area’s biggest and most expansive project, the $4 billion Chinese-themed Resorts World Las Vegas (RWLV), is currently under construction on the grounds of the former Stardust Resort and Casino. Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been selected to design the complex vertical transportation and façade access systems for RWLV’s first phase of construction.“Las Vegas is truly one of the most popular and exciting entertainment destinations in the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Resorts World Las Vegas will be an invigorating complement to the exceptional properties located along the strip as well as bring thousands of construction jobs and permanent employment positions to the local economy. Lerch Bates is thrilled and pleased to work on such a tremendous development.”
RWlasvegasChina is one of the world’s most important trade partners, spreading not just goods but Chinese cuisine and culture to all corners of the world. Chinese outbound tourism topped 100 million for the first time in 2014, and RWLV’s authentic Chinese theme is expected to resonate with domestic and international tourists. With rich cultural attractions, varied cuisine and exciting entertainment from China’s many diverse regions and ethnic groups, the mega-resort will provide an infinite variation of entertainment themes from the longest continuous civilization in the world.

The Genting Group, developer of RWLV, is committed to ensuring that all aspects of RWLV’s Chinese theme will be authentic while offering all the modern luxury amenities visitors to Las Vegas expect. The ambitious development will feature three hotels with more than 3,100 rooms, rooftop sky park and observation deck, panda exhibit, multiple restaurants featuring a variety of authentic regional Chinese cuisines, more than 100,000 square feet of innovative gaming space, numerous upscale retail offerings and a top-tier nightlife venue. Construction of the 84-acre RWLV began in May 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2019.

RWlasvegas2Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

The Genting Group is celebrating more than 50 years as a leader in the global travel and leisure industry with operations in seven countries. The company pioneered the concept of integrated resorts where numerous entertainment, shopping, dining, golf, accommodations options and a world class casino experience all serve to meet a diverse variety of wants and desires. Genting properties globally host over 50 million visitors annually.

To learn more about RWLV, visit rwlasvegas.com.

Lerch Bates Selected To Modernize Elevators In San Francisco High-Rise

38-Story One Montgomery Tower Features 684,959 Square Feet of Class A Office Space

Downtown San Francisco is undergoing a dramatic transformation as new high-rise towers are currently under construction and many existing towers are being renovated. Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevators inside One Montgomery Tower in San Francisco’s Financial District.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has modernized elevator and escalator systems around the globe. One Montgomery Tower currently utilizes the 23 original Westinghouse elevators that were installed in the early ’80s. The vertical transportation systems were last renovated in 2001, including the installation of a destination based dispatch system.

“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as a leader in the vertical transportation consulting industry,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “One Montgomery Tower is our firm’s latest high-profile elevator modernization project in a landmark building. Modern elevator systems that feature exceptional efficiency and the latest in design will become the latest asset for one of San Francisco’s most prestigious office buildings.”

Pacific Telesis Tower - 1 Montgomery Street, San FranciscoOne Montgomery Tower, part of the Post Montgomery Center complex in the city’s Golden Triangle district, was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and is constructed of structural steel columns sheathed in highly polished sunset red granite panels complemented by gray tempered glass. The first and second floor levels of the high-rise are clad with stainless steel and black granite panels. The 500-foot 38-story Class A trophy office tower, completed it 1982, includes 684,959 square feet of premier office space and is certified LEED-EB Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Post Montgomery Center is an impressive mixed-use structure with almost one million gross square feet of office and retail space. The complex consists of One Montgomery Tower and Crocker Galleria, a retail destination featuring a diverse collection of shops and specialty retailers. A San Francisco landmark since opening in 1982, Crocker Galleria boasts a spectacular glass pavilion soaring above three levels of service stores, unique boutiques and a broad selection of restaurants. A farmers’ market visited by thousands of visitors a year is held every Thursday.

Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel and Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The storied Drake Hotel was constructed in 1920 and features 535 guestrooms including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in the Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, is a remarkable fusion of Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture and was the largest hotel west of Chicago upon its completion. The property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969, deeming it worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. The unique interior of the hotel features brilliant frescos and murals, hand-carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and vibrant embroidered tapestries and draperies. Millennium Biltmore Hotel features 683 guestrooms, down from its original 1,500 due to room reorganization, and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Dewar Partnership Appoints Chris Manning Director, New Development, Vertical Transportation

Joins Firm as It Continues to Increase Market Share in United Kingdom

Chris ManningDewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based lift and escalator consulting firm and subsidiary of Lerch Bates Inc., announced that Chris Manning has been named director, new development, vertical transportation. Chris previously served as a senior consultant, vertical transportation, for Lerch Bates Inc.

Chris has nearly 30 years of skilled expertise in designing vertical transportation systems for all sectors of the industry including commercial, residential, hotel, retail and transportation. In his new role with Dewar Partnership Ltd., he will manage all new design projects and will concentrate on business development by establishing new and developing existing clients in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe. Chris will work closely with world class architects and design teams, from initial traffic analysis to final acceptance inspections, to ensure systems meet each client’s requirements as well as are in compliance with all relevant codes and standards.

“Chris joins Dewar Partnership with significant global new design expertise,” said Dewar Partnership Ltd. Managing Director Steve Fall. “He has a proven and respected record of taking projects from the initial concept stages to final witness testing and completion. Chris will be play a vital role in our firm’s continued expansion initiatives as we strategically grow throughout the region.”

Chris has worked on many landmark projects throughout Europe and beyond including The Shard and Salesforce Tower (formerly Heron Tower) in London, Torre Cepsa in Madrid, Istanbul Tower Levent in Istanbul, Port Baku Towers in Baku, Azerbaijan, CCTV Headquarters in Beijing and Central Market in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He earned a Higher National Diploma (HND) in mechanical and production engineering at Middlesex University.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced on Dec. 2, 2014, that it had reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd. Dewar Partnership Ltd. 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.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Awarded Vertical Transportation Contract For New Colorado State University Stadium

$220 Million Multi-Purpose Facility Will Be Home to CSU Football

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been selected to design the vertical transportation systems of Colorado State University’s (CSU) new on-campus multi-purpose stadium. The $220 million facility and adjacent $18 million academic space is scheduled to open in time for the 2017 football season.

The stadium, currently under construction between Lake and Pitkin streets on top of Meridian Avenue in Fort Collins, will include nine elevators and will feature a capacity crowd of more than 40,000 fans including standing-room-only, 36,000 seats, 150 indoor club seats, 800 outdoor club seats, 40 loge boxes and 22 suites with each having a capacity of 16 guests. The contemporary facility also will serve as a cornerstone for CSU’s athletic department, housing office and administrative space including football offices as well as training and competition space for several sports. Additional facilities will house the university’s Alumni Center, modern classrooms and the Center for Advising and Student Achievement. Additionally, CSU’s new stadium will provide flexible space for campus events and convocations and year-round hospitality facilities for small gatherings and functions.

CSU stadium 2“CSU athletics is going through an exceptional renaissance with more than $250 million allocated to athletic facilities upgrades,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The new stadium will continue the Rams tradition of excellence by providing a modern fan experience that will be unique in the region. Lerch Bates is thrilled to be a part of a project that represents the best of Colorado and the Rocky Mountain West.”

CSU currently plays football at Sonny Lubick Field at Hughes Stadium located at the base of the foothills west of the university’s main campus. Opened in 1968, Hughes Stadium seats 32,500 fans and was named after Harry W. Hughes, the head coach for 31 season for the then-named Colorado Agriculture and Mechanical College. The last varsity football game played on the Colorado State University campus, at     Colorado Field, was a 43-11 victory over Wichita State on November 25, 1967.

Lerch Bates announced in 2015 that it was selected to design the vertical transportation systems for Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new home of of the Atlanta Falcons of the National Football League (NFL) and Atlanta United FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). The focal point of the $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium 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 broke ground on May 19, 2014, and will replace the aging Georgia Dome, home of the Falcons since 1992. Mercedes-Benz Stadium is expected to be completed in 2017 and will be the home of Super Bowl LIII.

CSU stadiumLerch Bates also designed the complex façade access system of Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings (NBA). The $507 million publicly owned facility is part of a new business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons, DoCo, that will include a $250 million 16-story mixed-use tower. Golden 1 Center is scheduled to open October 2016.

The vertical transportation, façade access and logistics firm also was chosen by MANICA Architecture to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for VTB Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, will include the construction of Dynamo Central Stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure. The $1.5 billion sports and entertainment complex features a honeycomb patterned skin that will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium and a 15,000-seat multipurpose arena. Completion is expected in 2017.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Global Headquarters Moves To Larger Office

World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Logistics
Firm Has Experienced Exceptional Growth in Recent Years

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, today moved its global headquarters from Littleton, Colo., to 9780 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 450, Englewood, CO 80112. The firm has experienced steady growth in its personnel and number of annual projects around the world and requires additional office space for its international headquarters. Lerch Bates grew its number of employees worldwide by 42 percent and its headquarters staff by 24 percent during the past two years.

“Lerch Bates continues to strategically grow its team and consulting operations throughout the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We continue to increase our market share in America, Asia, Middle East and India and the time has come to expand our global headquarters in metropolitan Denver. A larger head office will better meet the needs of our rapidly growing firm.”

Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced in June 2015 that it had completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. 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. For more information, visit josephneto.com.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced in Dec. 2014 that the firm reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based elevator and escalator consulting company. Dewar Partnership provides innovative technical and economical solutions to improve the operation, quality and safety of elevators 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. For more information, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

Lerch Bates Appoints Moufid Hilal Managing Director of Dubai Office

Joins Global Firm with More than Two Decades of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Moufid HilalLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Moufid Hilal has been named managing director of its Dubai, United Arab Emirates, office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 23 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Hilal will oversee the management functions of the Middle East and Africa regions and will continue to develop the firm’s new construction consulting services and modernization and maintenance management functions. He previously served more than two decades in the vertical transportation industry including roles as a service engineer, technical engineer and branch manager of KONE’s Abu Dhabi branch. Halal most recently worked as a regional manager for Mitsubishi in Saudi Arabia.

“Moufid is an exceptional leader and welcomed addition to our exceptional team in Dubai,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has the valuable and unique experience needed to lead our operations in the region as Lerch Bates continues to grow in the Middle East and Africa.”

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Promotes Derek Groenwoldt To Regional Manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt Joined Firm in 2012 as Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt_DerekLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted Derek Groenwoldt to regional manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as a project manager in the Chicago Regional Office. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as project manager, elevator consulting group, in Chicago.

Groenwoldt has more than 13 years of comprehensive experience with elevators and escalators and with professional services firms in the building industry. In his new role, he will report directly to Lerch Bates Vice President Eric Rupe and will oversee the office new construction, modernization and maintenance management elevator consulting functions of the Chicago office. Groenwoldt, in his previous role with Lerch Bates, supported the company’s regional operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on domestic and international new design projects.

“Derek has developed outstanding elevator design and analysis experience and has become recognized by clients and peers for his outstanding industry knowledge,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President, Northeast Area, Eric Rupe. “He’s had a prominent role in the modernization market in Chicago and has been instrumental in our firm’s extraordinary growth in the region. I’m very pleased to announce Derek’s new role with Lerch Bates and I look forward to his continued contributions to our industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Groenwoldt worked as district manager, project management, for Schindler in Chicago and the surrounding area. He managed a team of project managers and personally oversaw all of the large projects valued in excess of $2 million. He served as a project manager and account manager for the company prior to his role as district manager, project management. Groenwoldt also worked for Otis Elevator as an associate superintendent before being promoted to superintendent and then project manager, modernization. Groenwoldt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science and technology with an emphasis in nuclear engineering and a MBA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lerch Bates Promotes Jim Turner To Vice President, Modernization, Elevator Consulting Group

Turner Joined Firm in 2014 as Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Jim TurnerLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted Jim Turner to vice president, modernization, Elevator Consulting Group. Turner joined Lerch Bates in 2014 as a project manager, Great Lakes Region, Elevator Consulting Group, in Chicago.

Turner has more than 24 years of comprehensive experience with elevators and escalators and with professional services firms in the building industry. In his new role, Turner will report directly to Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan and will work closely with the firm’s area vice presidents and elevator consultants to bolster its modernization consulting processes. Turner, in his previous role with Lerch Bates, supported the company’s Great Lakes Region operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on metropolitan Chicago.

“Jim is a widely respected leader in the elevator and escalator industry who has been instrumental in our firm’s exceptional growth in the Great Lakes Region,” said Stephan. “He is an esteemed member of the Lerch Bates management team and has had a prominent role with many of the firm’s most recent modernization projects in the greater Chicago area. I’m very pleased to announce Jim’s new role and look forward to his continued contributions and commitment to our firm and industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, he worked as national project developer at mechanical, electrical and plumbing industry leader KJWW. He spent the entirety of his vertical transportation career working for Montgomery Elevator Company and KONE. Following assignments in the Montgomery/KONE branch network, Turner focused the majority of his career on the development of the modernization business line. As vice president, modernization, he supported all elements of the modernization business including new product introduction, sales, engineering and installation. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Southern Illinois University and management certification from KONE Executive Edge/London Business School.