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Lerch Bates Appoints Mark Gustafson Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

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

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

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

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

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

Lerch Bates Appoints Melanie Maass Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

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

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

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

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

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

Lerch Bates To Design Vertical Transportation Systems For New Atlanta Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

Lerch Bates Inc.: Changes In European Operations

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

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

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

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

Lerch Bates to Design Facade Access Systems of New Vikings Stadium

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lerch Bates Appoints Jose Felix Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm As It Continues to Increase Its Market Share in Southern California

Jose FelixLerch Bates continues to strategically expand its experienced team across the United
States with Jose Felix being named project manager, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management in its Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Felix participates in conceptual planning, design, construction administration, audits, surveys, inspections and modernization projects for vertical transportation systems including overseeing project organization, scheduling, coordination, deliverables billing and collections. He also develops the firm’s market share in Southern California through numerous marketing initiatives including exhibitions at regional conferences and building significant relationships with prospective clients.

“Jose joins our growing team of dedicated and talented project managers with the experience needed to support our growth in the booming Los Angeles and San Diego areas,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Lerch Bates continues to expand its operations in the United States and throughout the world and Jose is a welcomed addition to our Lake Forest office. We look forward to the invaluable contributions he will make to our firm as we increase our presence in Southern California.”

Felix most recently served as a sales and operations account manager for KONE in San Francisco where he developed the firm’s service, modernization and installation efforts with designated accounts. He also contributed to the profitable growth and increased market share of the company with the development and retention of existing accounts. Felix also worked as an account manager/service sales representative for Otis Elevator Company.

Felix holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Marketing, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Lerch Bates to Modernize Vertical Transportation Systems of Famed Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Hotel Has Hosted Presidents, Celebrities and Dignitaries for More than 90 Years

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected to modernize the nine elevators in the iconic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by architectural firm Schultze & Weaver, the property has exemplified extraordinary grandeur since it opened in 1923.

Millennium Biltmore Los AngelesFounded 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 hotel’s nine elevators are being significantly updated with new AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives. The cutting-edge equipment is expected to dramatically reduce the energy use of the current elevator systems and may allow for energy to be returned to the power grid. New car and hall fixtures that match the existing architecture of the hotel will be utilized to maintain the existing aesthetics of the property. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015.

“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as one of the premier vertical transportation consulting firms in the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is one of the most famous and cherished hotels in the country and we’re thrilled to have been selected to modernize the elevator systems of such an esteemed property. Modern vertical transportation systems that showcase the latest in efficiencies and design will complement the hotel’s contemporary luxury and historical architecture.”

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.

Nine United States presidents and numerous dignitaries have visited Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During its 91-year history the property has accommodated countless momentous events including nine Academy Award ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech as the presidential nominee during the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Scenes from many memorable movies including Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 11, Splash and Wedding Crashers were shot on location throughout the property.

Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel. The storied property 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.

Hilton Worldwide, Inc., selected Lerch Bates last year to provide elevator and escalator maintenance management services for the company’s Hilton portfolio in the United States. The firm designed a custom maintenance management program to support and improve the ongoing maintenance and repair of Hilton’s elevators and escalators. The Hilton-owned, managed and franchised properties participating in the program exceeds 4,300 elevators and escalators in more than 1,400 hotels across the country.

Lerch Bates announced in July 2013 that it was chosen to work on another high profile downtown Los Angeles project. The firm is designing the modern façade access system for Wilshire Grand, a high-rise tower being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. that will be the tallest building west of Chicago when it is completed in 2017. The $1 billion 73-story glass-clad tower is currently being constructed in the city’s financial district and just blocks from the bourgeoning entertainment district that is anchored by the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The tower will include a four-star hotel as well as 400,000 square feet of office, 45,100 square feet of retail space and a soaring spire that will raise the total height of the skyscraper to 1,100 square feet, rising 82 feet higher than the city’s 1,018-feet U.S. Bank Tower.

Lerch Bates Promotes Alyssa McGrath to Director of Strategic Accounts

McGrath Joined Firm in 2010 as Regional Manager for New England Region

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERALerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted Alyssa McGrath to Director of Strategic Accounts. She will continue to be based in the firm’s Boston office.

In her new role, McGrath will provide leadership to and management of Lerch Bates’ consultants and administrative staff, manage the firm’s key accounts and build relationships with new pending clients utilizing diverse business development strategies including pricing methodologies, market pricing measurements and deliverables. She also will work closely with all Lerch Bates offices across the United States to grow the firm’s Maintenance Management Services regionally as well as nationally. McGrath  will now report to Lerch Bates Vice President of Strategic Accounts Tim Isbell.

“Alyssa is an exceptional, dedicated and extremely talented member of our Boston based regional team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She’s been instrumental in the strategic growth of Lerch Bates in New England and has been a trusted liaison between our firm and our valued clients. I’m proud to announce her new position with the company and look forward to our continued development and success.”

McGrath previously served as a regional manager and managed Lerch Bates’ budgetary, financial and personnel matters within the New England Region. She also was the principal consultant on a diverse portfolio of projects including all phases of schematic and design development, specification development and project management for new construction, modernization and preventative maintenance. Additionally, she oversaw all vertical transportation systems studies, maintenance evaluations and due diligence studies as well as recruiting, development and mentoring of the firm’s regional personnel.

McGrath earned a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa.

Lerch Bates Inc. Resumes Operations in Europe with Purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd. of the United Kingdom

Steve Fall Appointed Managing Director

Steve FallLerch Bates Inc., an international consulting firm for elevators and escalators, window
washing equipment and building logistics, has 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.

“Dewar Partnership is a great addition to our organization,” said Lerch Bates Inc. President and CEO Bart Stephan. “The purchase of the firm provides Lerch Bates Inc. an established foothold as we return to operations in this rapidly growing region. Lerch Bates Inc. continues to expand its global footprint and this acquisition gives us an immediate local presence in one of our industry’s most competitive markets.”

Dewar Partnership has appointed Steve Fall as the Managing Director. He has more than 38 years of valuable industry experience and has developed a detailed and comprehensive level of expertise in the installation, project management, modernization and maintenance sectors. He has worked since 2001 as a managing vertical transportation consultant overseeing the continued growth and development of regional offices in the United Kingdom and Europe and consulting on many diverse projects. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree.

“I look forward to leading Dewar Partnership as Lerch Bates Inc. strategically resumes operations in the European marketplace,” Fall said. “Architects and property owners and managers throughout the region will receive the identical level of extraordinary expertise and local customer service that they have expected from Dewar Partnership. It’s very exciting that the firm now has the support and backing of the industry’s most respected and innovative company with offices located around the world.”

Matt ScanlanFounded in 1947, Lerch Bates Inc. 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, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Matt Scanlan, previous owner of Dewar Partnership, remains with the firm as an Executive Director and as a member of its Board of Management. Matt brings over 42 years’ experience in the vertical transportation business, which includes extensive international responsibilities. These responsibilities include international CEO and COO positions with major elevator contracting and manufacturing companies. To learn more about Dewar Partnership, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.