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Lerch Bates Tapped to Design Vertical Transportation Systems of Downtown Denver’s Newest Mid-Rise Office Tower

1401 Lawrence is the Latest Project Announced in Rapidly Growing Mile High City

1401 LawrenceDenver’s thriving Central Business District (CBD) continues to expand with the announcement of another office mid-rise tower planned for downtown. Non-profit Downtown Denver Partnership recently reported that more than 24 projects worth just over $1.8 billion are currently underway in the Mile High City’s prosperous CBD. Metro-Denver based Lerch Bates has been selected to design the sophisticated vertical transportation systems of 1401 Lawrence.

Full-service building solutions firm The Beck Group has contracted Lerch Bates to perform complete vertical transportation consulting services including schematic designs, design development, construction documents management and construction administration for the nine elevator systems that are currently planned for 1401 Lawrence. The modern 22-story tower will be built on the southwestern border of downtown Denver’s CBD and historic LoDo neighborhood at the corner of 14th and Lawrence streets. The mid-rise will feature a glass façade encasing 298,000 square feet of premium office space, 8,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant space and 397 parking spaces on floors two through seven. An official ground breaking ceremony for 1401 Lawrence was held on Oct. 1.

“Downtown Denver is experiencing a dynamic renaissance with more than two dozen prominent office tower, residential and revitalization projects recently announced or under construction,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The Mile High City was recently been named one of the fastest growing large metropolitan areas in the country and much of the development is happening within Denver’s city limits. The city’s downtown is primed for an addition to its developing skyline.”

First Gulf, the commercial arm of Toronto-based Great Gulf, is developing 1401 Lawrence. The new tower was designed to meet LEED Gold certification and will feature 10-foot floor-to-ceiling windows, with many offering exquisite views of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, contemporary fitness center, an outdoor terrace on the eighth floor and proximity to Denver Union Station, Denver Center for the Performing Arts and the city’s expansive 16th Street Mall.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the elevator and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Lerch Bates Awarded Contract To Modernize Elevator Systems Of Downtown Honolulu’s Landmark Pacific Guardian Center

Renovation Project Includes Twin Mid-Rise Office Towers and Historic Dillingham Transportation Building

Pacific Guardian CenterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the modernization of the diverse elevator systems of the largest office complex in Hawaii. The multifaceted vertical transportation renovation project at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building.

PGC is an award winning office complex that features more than 630,000 square feet of first-class office and retail space located in the heart of Honolulu’s Central Business District. The mirrored glass towers, named after their respective positions, Mauka (“mountain”) and Makai (“ocean”), are juxtaposed by the Mediterranean Revival/Italian Renaissance style of the the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. The vertical transportation modernization program was designed to meet the expected future demands of the center while maintaining the rich character and environment of the property. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the fall of 2016.

“Lerch Bates has been a pioneer of vertical transportation in Hawaii for more than 25 years,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Our firm has has been selected to facilitate a wide scope of services for decades from condition assessments to new construction and the modernizations. We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to design the modern elevator systems of one of Honolulu’s most recognizable and famous properties.”

Upgrading PGC’s elevator systems is one of Lerch Bates’ largest projects in the western United States. The program includes replacing Westinghouse Mark V equipment in the two seven-car banks and installing destination based technology. Destination based elevators, or destination dispatch systems, are changing how elevator systems are built and modernized and are quickly becoming the industry standard when upgrading the systems in buildings with three or more elevators. Every passenger enters his or her destination floor on entry terminals located in a lobby or in a hallway adjacent to the elevator shafts and the system groups passengers together depending on their desired destinations. The optimization process results in riders who are travelling to the same floors being grouped together.

The oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in the world, Lerch Bates has been the international leader in vertical transportation for more than 65 years. Lerch Bates’ Hawaii operation has been a leader in modernization and was fundamental in bringing new technologies to the Aloha State. The firm has modernized the vertical transportation systems of other well-known properties in Hawaii including Sheraton Waikiki, a modernization completed in 2009 that included 20 elevators and two escalators, Royal Hawaiian Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Rainbow Tower, and City Financial Tower in downtown Honolulu.

Dillingham Transportation Building was constructed in 1929 for Walter F. Dillingham, founder of the Hawaiian Dredging Company (later Dillingham Construction). The building was designed architect Lincoln Rogers of Los Angeles and is significant for its associations with the commercial development of Honolulu and the Dillingham family empire of businesses. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.

Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Frame Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Frame Joins Steadily Growing Vertical Transportation Consulting Team in Southern California

Steve FrameLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced Steve Frame has been named project manager, elevator consulting group. He recently joined the firm in its Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif.

As a project manager, Frame manages vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout Southern California. He most recently served in project management and superintendent roles for Otis Elevator Company and as an elevator and escalator project manager and field superintendent for Mitsubishi Electric. Frame worked on the vertical transportation systems of many landmark buildings including the four-star Omni San Diego Hotel, Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center, CNN Building in Los Angeles and UCLA’s Sproul Hall.

“Steve joined Lerch Bates with extensive knowledge of the diverse vertical transportation industry in Southern California,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Our team of dedicated elevator consultants in the region continues to grow as the area is once again experiencing a construction boom. I’m pleased to announce his appointment and welcome him to the largest and oldest vertical transportation firm in the world.”

Lerch Bates Appoints Cory Hunter Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Industry Leader Joins Pacific Northwest Office
with More Than 16 Years of Engineering and Management Experience

Cory HunterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced industry veteran Cory Hunter has been named consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting firm’s Pacific Northwest office located in greater Seattle with more than 16 years of notable industry experience. The firm’s regional office now consists of seven elevator consultants.

Hunter is based in Portland, Oregon, and is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corporation in Portland where he specialized in growth strategy development, vertical transportation modernization and maintenance. During his tenure at the firm, Hunter was instrumental in the intensive growth of the company in the state by capitalizing on the implementation of non-proprietary equipment design and placement in the marketplace. He spearheaded many notable projects for the firm including elevator modernizations at Oregon Health & Science University and various modernization projects for Jackson County.

“Cory is a much welcomed addition to our Pacific Northwest team as Lerch Bates continues to expand in the region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He joins our firm with extensive engineering and management experience and with unique industry knowledge of the rapidly growing area. Cory is a valued addition to our developing project management team in the United States.”

Prior to his work at Centric Elevator Corporation, Hunter was an international lumber trader, coordinating international business development, logistics and domestic distribution of hardwoods and plywood products. Hunter started his career as a technical engineer specialist in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 where he was trained as a land surveyor, responsible for designing buildings and roads for military applications.

Hunter is a qualified elevator inspector (QEI) and developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University as well as advanced degrees in management including a Doctor of Philosophy in lift engineering management and a Master of Business Administration.

Lerch Bates Promotes Ron Welts To Regional Manager Of San Francisco Office

Welts Joined Firm in Late 2013 and Has Been Instrumental in Its Growth

Ron WeltsLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted industry veteran Ron Welts to regional manager of its San Francisco office. He previously served as project manager, elevator consulting group, providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Northern California.

Ron quickly established himself in the vertical transportation market of Northern California after joining Lerch Bates in October 2013. He promptly demonstrated strong leadership, business development and consulting skills and substantially contributed to the growing presence of Lerch Bates in the marketplace.

“Ron has been an invaluable addition to our San Francisco based team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Under his leadership, Lerch Bates has rapidly grown in the region and many new projects have come to fruition. I’m pleased to announce his much deserved new position with the firm and anticipate the company’s continued momentum in Northern California.”

Ron served as an elevator installation superintendent providing leadership for the installation of traction and hydraulic elevators and escalators for KONE prior to joining Lerch Bates. He also worked for Otis Elevator Company for 14 years in numerous roles including service operations manager, general manager, service supervisor and construction superintendent. He served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer in the early 1990s.

Welts earned a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from California Maritime Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

Keenan Potter Promoted To Managing Director Of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific LTD.; Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) LTD.

Industry Veteran Will Manage Firm’s Continued Expansion in Asia Pacific Region

Keenan PotterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted Keenan Potter to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Limited, Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Limited, a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in Shanghai, China. Potter begins his new role of managing the firm’s growing presence in Asia with more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the façade access industry and extraordinary knowledge of the diverse region. He previously served as general manager of Lerch Bates (China) Limited.

Potter joined Lerch Bates in January 2007 following successful careers as a façade access equipment manufacturing sales and engineering group leader and as an Asia Pacific division general manager of a NASDAQ-listed high-tech company. During his tenure with Lerch Bates, he developed and managed a highly successful and innovative façade access consulting division that consisted of securing façade access consulting work throughout Asia. Potter also spearheaded the development and opening of the firm’s first office in the Asia Pacific region with Lerch Bates (China) Limited in Shanghai, China. The office opened in mid-2012 and provides vertical transportation, façade access and materials management consulting services throughout Asia. Potter is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

“Keenan’s incomparable experience within Asia’s markets, proven leadership broadening and supporting our firm’s portfolio of expert consulting services in the region and his invaluable understanding of the façade access industry make him the obvious choice as the leader of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Limited and Lerch Bates (China) Limited,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We’re thankful for the continuous contributions he makes to our firm and industry and we look forward to his guidance as Lerch Bates solidifies its position as one of the most dynamic leaders in China’s construction and building industry.”

Lerch Bates continues to be an essential member of the teams designing and constructing landmark high-rise projects throughout China. Late last year, the firm announced that it had been awarded a contract to design the complex façade access equipment system for China’s future tallest building. Suzhou Zhongnan Center will soar to over 2,296 feet (700 meters) and will be built just west of Jinji Lake in Suzhou, a city adjacent to the Shanghai municipality. When completed, the 138-floor supertall high-rise will eclipse the under-construction Shanghai Tower as the tallest building outside of the Middle East. The 3,280-foot (999-meter) Kingdom Tower, under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will claim the world’s tallest crown when it is planned to be complete in 2019.

The firm also announced in 2013 that it is currently designing the vertical and horizontal transportation systems for a large redevelopment project in Qingdao. The Haitian Center, to be built on the grounds of the former famed Haitian Hotel, is a massive mixed-used development designed by Archilier Architecture that will include three high-rise towers with the tallest rising 1,210 feet (368 meters) high with spectacular views of the Yellow Sea. The project will feature a 450-room five-star hotel, 235-room 6-star hotel, Class A office space, business club, high-end residential units, luxury brand retail stores and a vast convention center.

In October 2013, Lerch Bates announced that it was chosen to design the façade access system for the $3 billion (USD) China Resources Headquarters tower in Shenzhen. The high-rise tower will be more than 1,300 feet (400 meters) tall and is expected to be the city’s second tallest skyscraper when it is completed in 2016. Designed by international architectural firm KPF, the structure will house a new mainland headquarters for China Resources and will resemble a bamboo chute with a diagrid skin. The China Resources Headquarters tower is the focal point of the Shenzhen Bay Comprehensive Development Project in the city’s Nanshan District. The development project covers more than 281,000 square feet (26.105 m2) and also will include a cluster of modern office, hotel and residential buildings, a new headquarters for China Resources subsidiary Vanguard and a massive shopping mall. Construction of the project began in October 2012.

Lerch Bates Appoints John Mandigo Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Brings More Than 13 Years of Engineering and Management Experience to South Florida Office

John MandigoLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced John Mandigo has been named project manager, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting firm in its greater Miami office with more than 13 years of notable industry experience.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Mandigo is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Florida. He previously managed modernization and new construction projects for ThyssenKrupp Elevator in northern Florida where he specialized in growth strategy development, financial and capital planning and expenditure analysis. During his tenure at the firm, Mandigo was instrumental in the intensive growth of the company in the state by capitalizing on the implementation of new product technologies. He spearheaded many notable projects for ThyssenKrupp Elevator including Tampa’s Bank of America Plaza, a 16-elevator destination dispatch modernization and the modernization project for the Orange County Courthouse in Orlando, another project where destination dispatch technology was utilized to increase traffic flow.

Mandigo’s extensive career also includes serving as a modernization manager at Otis Elevator Company in Miami and as a thermodynamics sales engineer where he identified innovative energy saving solutions through psychometrics and engineering applications.  One of the most demanding and rewarding projects included a $52 million retrofit at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas. He has been involved with negotiations exceeding $100 million thus far in his career in industries such as healthcare, government, mixed-use development, universities, hotel and resort, manufacturing and commercial.

“John joins Lerch Bates equipped with more than a decade of concentrated experience in Florida’s diverse vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “His extraordinary background, knowledge of new industry technologies and unique understanding of the region will complement our current team of talented project managers. We welcome John as Lerch Bates continues to grow and gain valuable market share in Florida.”

Mandigo’s strong technical and business background is supported by his education. He earned a Master of Science degree in major program management from the University of Oxford, a Master of Science in engineering co-sponsored by The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, a MBA from Stetson University and a Bachelor of Science degree in industrial engineering from Florida State University.

Lerch Bates Appoints Mike Lyon Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins World’s Largest and Oldest Vertical Transportation Firm with 15 Years of Industry Experience

Mike LyonLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced industry veteran Mike Lyon has been named project manager, elevator consulting group, in its Washington, D.C., office. He joins the firm with more than 15 years of leadership and sales experience in the elevator industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Lyon is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout the region. He most recently served as a new equipment engineer for KONE in Washington, D.C., and as an accountant manager for Otis Elevator Company in Maryland. Lyon also has worked as a sales representative for Eklund’s, a custom cab manufacturer and cab interior finish-out fabricator, and EMCO (Elevator Modernization Company).

“Lerch Bates is strategically expanding our team of experienced project managers across the United States,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Mike has unsurpassed industry knowledge and regional expertise that is a welcomed addition to our Washington, D.C., office. I look forward to the valued contributions he will make to our firm as it grows in our nation’s capital.”

Lyon earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in risk management and insurance (RMI) from the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business in Athens, Georgia.

Lerch Bates Appoints Cole Ganser Project Manager In Pacific Southwest Region

Joins Firm with Valuable Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry in Southern California

Cole GanserLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced Cole Ganser has joined the firm as project manager in its Glendale office. He has more than seven years of extensive experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Ganser is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Southern Calif. He most recently served as the Burbank and Santa Barbara branch manager for ThyssenKrupp where he provided leadership for the service, repair and modernization of traction and hydraulic elevators.

“Lerch Bates is very pleased to announce the appointment of Cole Ganser as we continue to grow our Pacific Southwest Region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He brings to our firm more than seven years of significant involvement in our industry and valuable insights of the greater Los Angeles marketplace. We look forward to the contributions he will make to Lerch Bates and the exceptional service he will provide to our clients.”

Ganser earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Southern California.

Lerch Bates Appoints Jim Turner Project Manager, Great Lakes Region

Industry Veteran Has More Than 22 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Jim TurnerLerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Jim Turner has been named project manager, elevator consulting group, in its Great Lakes area office. Turner joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and building logistics armed with more than 22 years of comprehensive experience in the elevator and escalator industry and with professional services firms in the building industry.

Turner is tasked with supporting the Great Lakes Region’s operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on the greater Chicago area.

“Our project manager team continues to grow with the brightest and most talented professionals in the industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Jim is a respected and renowned leader in vertical transportation and I’m delighted that he has joined our Great Lakes Region. He’s the perfect fit for Lerch Bates as our firm continues to expand in the Chicago metropolitan area.”

Turner most recently served 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.