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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.

Lerch Bates Appoints Maquel Houlihan Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation Firm with Nearly 20 Years of Industry Experience

Maquel Houlihan Lerch Bates
Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Maquel Houlihan has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Las Vegas, Nevada, office. She joins the elevator consulting firm with more than 18 years of local experience in the vertical transportation industry.

Houlihan will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services in her new role with Lerch Bates. She also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance
evaluations.

“Lerch Bates continues to expand in the Las Vegas metropolitan area as large construction projects are routinely announced and break ground,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Maquel has exceptional knowledge of the prosperous yet unpredictable vertical transportation industry in southern Nevada and her extraordinary professionalism and meticulousness will be tremendous assets to our firm. Her experience with estimating elevator maintenance agreements, repairs and modernizations will complement our outstanding local team. I’m very pleased to welcome Maquel Houlihan to Lerch Bates”

Houlihan’s career in the vertical transportation industry began 18 years ago when she held various sales positions with Otis Elevator. During her tenure with the company, she consistently ranked as a top salesperson in the firm’s Western Region and earned numerous accolades and awards. She most recently served as an existing installation sales representative for Schindler Elevator Corporation, overseeing some of the largest properties in Las Vegas including Caesars Entertainment (Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Laughlin, The Linq, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Rio), World Market Center and several Howard Hughes properties. She holds an Associate of Science degree in business management and health science.

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 Appoints Barbara Novoa Associate, Facade Access Consulting Group

Joins Firm with Significant Understanding of Building Access and Exterior Building Systems

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced that Barbara Novoa has been named associate, façade access consulting group, in its suburban Houston, Texas, office.

Barbara NovoaNovoa is tasked with supporting the firm’s Façade Access Consulting Group by assisting with the development of façade access design solutions and drawings, layouts and custom equipment. She also will manage assigned projects to ensure the completion of multiple deadlines and milestones as well as assist in developing local
markets by marketing Lerch Bates, assisting in exhibiting the firm in regional conferences and meeting with prospective clients.

“Barbara possesses a unique level of design experience and understanding,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Her knowledge and exposure to the technical aspects of building access and exterior building systems will be exceptional assets to Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our Façade Access Consulting Group team in the United States.”

She previously served as a technical designer for globally renowned architecture firm Gensler working on large scale commercial office buildings and corporate campuses with a specialization in construction documentation, client and consultant coordination, construction administration and project close-out tasks. Novoa also assisted studio teams with setting up processes to assist with document management, team management and construction administration procedures. Additionally, she has experience working with an interior design scope by way of hospitality and commercial office buildings and has worked closely with design teams and clients to realize design intents through the construction documentation phase and beyond.

Novoa earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Houston. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Texas Society of Architects and a LEED Green Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council.

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 Expansion Of Lincoln Square In Bellevue, Washington

Development will Add Upscale Retail, Dining, Lodging, Housing and Office Space to Already Vibrant Downtown

Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington and continues to grow by attracting new companies and residents. Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been selected by Kemper Development Company and Affiliates (KDC) to design the vertical transportation systems of its 1.5 million square feet expansion of Lincoln Square. The project includes the installation of 47 elevators and six escalators.

Lincoln Square expansionThe expansion of Lincoln Square, part of The Bellevue Collection, is one of the largest developments in the region. The project includes the construction of 400 Lincoln Square, a 31-story modern office building, and TwoLincoln Tower, a 40-story W hotel/250-unit luxury apartment homes mid-rise building. The two structures will rise over a multi-level podium featuring 177,000 square feet of shopping, entertainment and dining. Located between NE 4th and NE 6th streets on Bellevue Way, Lincoln Center currently features soaring office space, upscale residences with unequalled views and the Four-Diamond Westin Bellevue.

“The expansion of Lincoln Square is going to bring even more activity and excitement to an extraordinarily popular shopping and dining destination,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Retail has been the catalyst for growth in downtown Bellevue for nearly 70 years and this extensive project is the next milestone in the city’s evolution to regional business hub. Lerch Bates is honored to have been selected to design the elevators and escalators of such a momentous development.”

400 Lincoln Square will be an innovative 700,000-square foot Class A office tower with stunning views of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle. It will be the region’s newest premier office building when complete and will boast a contemporary lobby, rooftop gardens, large great room with a majestic fireplace, conference and collaborative center and a 2,200-car garage on six levels. The tower also will feature a multitude of retail and dining options including a chef-inspired restaurant.

W Bellevue will offer 245 spacious guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite® (the W brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite). Hotel spaces will include more than 11,400 square feet ofmeeting and event space, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility and three unique restaurants. The new contemporary boutique hotel also will feature a variety of unique experiences including the signature Bar, a library stocked with pulp fiction novels, an oversized fireplace reminiscent of traditional lodges and an outdoor terracewith porch swings and a pool table. W Bellevue is slated to open in spring 2017.

Located in the heart of Bellevue, The Bellevue Collection, owned by Kemper Development Company and Affiliates, includes Bellevue Square, a super-regional upscale shopping center, Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property that includes the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques and Lincoln Square, anchored by the Lincoln Square Cinemark theaters, restaurants, home furnishing stores and The Westin Bellevue hotel. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops, 30 sit-down restaurants, 1,100 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location, The Bellevue Collection is a shopping, dining and nightlife and entertainment experience unlike any other in the region. The sprawling complex is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue.

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 Appoints Don Blackwood Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with Nearly 44 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry 
Don BlackwoodLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Don Blackwood has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its South Central office in suburban Dallas, Texas. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than four decades of experience in the vertical transportation industry.
Blackwood will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services in his new role with Lerch Bates. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“We continue to strategically grow the Lerch Bates team throughout the country and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Don’s extraordinary industry knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our South Central office. He brings to Lerch Bates more than 43 years of extraordinary regional experience in the vertical transportation industry and I look forward to the instrumental contributions he will make to our firm.”

Blackwood previously worked for Otis Elevator Company/United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Dallas for 43 years. He most recently served as a service manager but also worked as a service superintendent, construction superintendent and combination superintendent during his extensive career with the company.

Blackwood has been a Certified Elevator Inspector (CEI) since 1993 and has been an instructor for the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities’ (NAESA) National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) since 2008.

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 Ken Dietz To Regional Manager Of Los Angeles/Las Vegas

Dietz Joined International Consulting Firm as a Project Manager in 2013

Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry veteran Ken Dietz to regional manager of the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets.

Lerch Bates opened its Las Vegas office in 2013 and named Dietz as a project manager for the region. Dietz managed vertical transportation system studies, performed vertical maintenance evaluations, designed and oversaw construction services for vertical transportation equipment and supported design and construction services for façade access and materials management handling systems. Prior to joining the employee-owned firm, he served as a vertical transportation project manager on several high profile Las Vegas projects including City Center, McCarran Airport Terminal 3 and The Linq.

“Ken has quickly established himself as one of the leading vertical transportation consultants in the American West,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He possesses exceptional integrity as well as the comprehensive industry experience and knowledge needed to be a leader with our firm. I’m very pleased to announce Ken’s new role with Lerch Bates and look forward to his support as we continue to execute our strategic initiatives.”

Dietz has nearly 16 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry including a position with Otis Elevator Company and as a project manager for various modernization and construction projects in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Dietz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norwich University in Vermont and a Juris Doctor from Western New England University.

Lerch Bates Names Doug Huebner Regional Manager, Arizona and New Mexico

Joins Global Firm with 19 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Doug HuebnerLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Doug Huebner has been named regional manager of the company’s Arizona and New Mexico region. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with nearly two decades of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Huebner will provide regional vertical transportation analysis and design. He will conduct and manage vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services as well as design contract documents for vertical transportation equipment, perform vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and execute due diligence studies.

“Doug joins Lerch Bates with exceptional and very valuable regional experience in the vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Our firm has experienced consistent strategic growth in metropolitan Phoenix and in the states of Arizona and New Mexico and his appointment is a much welcomed addition to the world’s oldest and largest vertical transportation company.”

Huebner previously served as a strategic account executive and as a general manager for vertical transportation manufacturer Otis Elevator Company and as a branch manager for KONE. Notable projects with which he has worked include Chase Tower Chicago, Intel’s national facilities and metropolitan Phoenix’s Renaissance Square, Viad Tower, Casino Arizona and The Phoenician Resort. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

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 Names Jacob Erwin Regional Manager, South Central Region Of Mountain Area

Erwin Joins Firm as It Continues to Grow its United States-based Staff
Jacob ErwinLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Jacob Erwin has been named regional manager, south central region of mountain area, in its Dallas office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with exceptional experience in the vertical transportation industry.
In his new role with Lerch Bates, Erwin will provide regional vertical transportation analysis and design. He will conduct and manage vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services as well as design contract documents for vertical transportation equipment, perform vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and execute due diligence studies.

“Jacob joins Lerch Bates with outstanding and valuable experience in the vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has a proven record of exceeding all management, performance and sales goals and is a much welcomed addition to our team. Jacob will be an asset as we continue to grow the firm’s presence in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.”

Erwin previously served as sales manager and then branch manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation in Denver. He began his career with the firm as a service and repair sales representative at its Dallas office. Erwin also served as a service and modernization sales manager at Fujitec America. Notable projects with which he has worked at both firms include MGM Grand and Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver International Airport and The Westin Denver Downtown hotel, Dominion Plaza, 1801 California Street (CenturyLink Tower) and 410 17th Street in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.

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.