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Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Henderson Senior Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Steve Henderson has been named senior consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm establishing a presence in New Orleans reporting to its Dallas office.

Steve will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, maintenance audits, 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.

“Steve is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are very important markets for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in those regions.”

Steve brings over 20 years of industry experience serving as a Branch Manager in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana for Dover/ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company. During that time, he has proven to be a focused, results oriented leader, excelling in all facets of evaluation. The knowledge and skills honed over those two decades will serve him well in his new role and are a welcome addition to Lerch Bates Inc.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana State University.

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 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.