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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.

Lerch Bates Appoints David Witt Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

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

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced David Witt has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Toronto office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 10 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

David WittIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Witt will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“It’s an exciting time at Lerch Bates as we grow our presence in the greater Toronto area and around the globe,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “David has exceptional knowledge of the vertical transportation industry in Ontario and valuable engineering management experience within the materials handling industry. He joins Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our market share in the region and we welcome him to our team.”

Witt previously served as a review engineer for the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) for Elevating devices in Ontario, Canada. As a review engineer, he was responsible for the safety reviews of many projects involving the introduction of new technology from all major elevator manufacturers. Witt also was part of a team that developed a risk based inspection system for elevator equipment and is one of the named inventors in a patent application (20130253975). He also worked as operations manager at Bramalea Elevator. Witt is the Chair of the ASME A17.1 Dumbwaiter and ATD committee and also sits on the ASME A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees.

Witt is a member of NAESA International (National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities) and has been a Certified Elevator Inspector, C-4499, since 2009. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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 Continues To Grow Staff In The United States

Carl G. Cary and Peter Wallack Join Firm as It Steadily Increases Market Share in North America

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has once again grown its staff as the company continues to expand in the United States and around the world. Carl G. Cary has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, for the firm’s Pacific Northwest Region and Peter Wallack joins the firm as consultant, elevator consulting group, for its New England Region.

Carl G. CaryIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Cary will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

He previously served as a Pacific Northwest district sales manager for Won-Door Corporation where he oversaw the sales and consulting functions for all of the firm’s products in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Cary collaborated with architecture firms regarding the added benefits of Won-Door Corporation products compared with other traditional options and provided AIA accredited presentations to firms within the Pacific Northwest region. He also compiled yearly sales forecasting based on industry trends and the projects currently scheduled with the firm and created bids based on specifications to general contractors. Cary also worked as a senior new installation sales representative for KONE and then for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He studied at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada and has more than 15 years of experience promoting products and directing sales teams to increase profitability, maximize market share and expand enterprise for various organizations.

Peter WallackPeter Wallack is a 30-year veteran of the vertical transportation industry. He recently joined Lerch Bates in its Boston office as a consultant serving the New England Region. He is focused on assisting architects, building owners and developers with their transportation challenges; his work encompasses creation and development of schematic design, review of bid submissions and negotiations with equipment manufacturers and implementation of modernization and acquisition surveys.

During his 15-year career with Delta Beckwith Elevator Company (a subsidiary of Otis in the greater Boston area), Wallack served as director of operations, accessibility and new equipment sales manager. Having had experience with a broad spectrum of products and designs (including custom and OEM), he has gained an extensive knowledge of the multi-faceted elevator industry. Wallack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and continued his graduate studies in civil engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.

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 (China) Limited Expands Staff in Shanghai

Zhao, Qiu and Jiang Join Firm as It Increases Market Share in the Region

Lerch Bates (China) Limited, a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in Shanghai, China, continues to increase its staff as the firm experiences rapid growth in the region. Stanley Zhao has been named project consultant, elevator consulting group, Tian Qiu has joined the firm as office manager and Wenting Jiang is the firm’s new project administration assistant. Lerch Bates (China) Limited has hired eight additional staff members since March 2014.

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, opened its first office in the Asia Pacific region in mid-2012 with Lerch Bates (China) Limited in Shanghai. The firm announced in June 2014 that Keenan Potter was promoted to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Limited, Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Limited. Potter began his new role of managing the Lerch Bates’ 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 and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Stanley ZhaoStanley Zhao is the latest project consultant, elevator group, to join the Lerch Bates subsidiary. Zhao manages vertical transportation analysis, design and project management and is responsible for domestic high-rise construction project sales support, high-rise project traffic solution consulting and facilitating the high-rise bidding process. He previously served as a high-rise project sales and support supervisor for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company (China) in Shanghai where he provided technical support for high-rise project sales, project vertical and horizontal traffic design solutions and the project tendering process. Notable projects on which he has worked include 81-story Dalian Eton Center in Dalian, Huabang World Trade City in Hefei, China Bohai Bank headquarters in Tianjin and Beijing Olympic Park Observation Tower in Beijing. Zhao earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and automation from Tongji University in Shanghai.

Tian Qiu joins Lerch Bates (China) Limited as office manager, responsible for project support and office administration. She assists with project proposal preparation, internal and external coordination, project contract administration and billing and payment related issues. Qiu also is responsible for company credit control, employment assistance and office administration. Her notable project experience includes Rui Hong Xin Cheng in Shanghai, Future Ark and International Financial Centre in Guiyang and Qingdao Haitian Centre in Qingdao. Qiu is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) and is a graduate of the University of Essex and Qingdao Technological University.

Wenting Jiang recently worked for Aedas, employing more than 1,500 architects, urban planners, landscape designers and interior designers in China, as a project secretary. She supported the firm’s design team and managed materials communications including project design briefs, project positioning reports and local design codes. She also was responsible for project forms and filing and travel arrangements for the design team. Wenting also worked for Chuang Heng Interior Space Design Engineering Co. Ltd, also in Shanghai as assistant to the general manager.

Lerch Bates Appoints Heath Hayes Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Skilled Vertical Transportation Consultants in Region
Heath HayesLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Heath Hayes has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Columbus, Ohio, office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 8 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role, Hayes will provide insightful solutions to meet the needs and expectations of Lerch Bates clients. He will be responsible for developing relationships with potential clients and managing the project cycle from request for proposal or inspection, writing of reports and proposals and ensuring timely completion of projects to billing for payment of services. He also will work collaboratively with other Lerch Bates consultants and support services to ensure premier customer service to the firm’s diverse portfolio of clients. A second-generation vertical transportation industry professional, Hayes possesses expert level industry knowledge through experience, research and writing.

“Heath is an exceptional addition to our team of experienced consultants as Lerch Bates continues to grow and increase its market share around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has exceptional local vertical transportation industry knowledge and valuable regional experience and he’s a much welcomed member of the Lerch Bates team.”

Hayes previously served as a modernization sales representative as well as an account manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He was responsible for growing the modernization segment of the company and managed projects from the sales process to completion. Hayes was successful in increasing ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s modernization market share in the region and building meaningful relationships with potential customers, general contractors, architects and other elevator consultants. His project management responsibilities included communicating with subcontractors and vendors and performing duties as the prime contractor on numerous complex projects.

Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated with honors. He also is a certified LEED Green Associate by 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.