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Lerch Bates Opens New Office To Serve Growing Hawaiian Market

Ryan See Appointed Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group, to Manage Honolulu Office

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced it opened a new office in Honolulu, Hawaii, and appointed Ryan See consultant, elevator consulting group, to manage the firm’s operations in the state. The addition of the Honolulu office increases the total number of domestic Lerch Bates offices to 25 and 34 internationally. See joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting group with more than seven years of extensive elevator industry experience.

Ryan SeeSee is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance and new construction projects throughout Hawaii. He is responsible for vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services, design and contract documents, vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and due diligence studies. Lerch Bates has been a pioneer of the vertical transportation industry in the state for more than 25 years.

“Lerch Bates continues to expand its presence in the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Ryan has exceptional experience with Hawaii’s vertical transportation industry and he will be a valuable asset as we continue to grow in the state. He has extraordinary knowledge of the local marketplace and we welcome him to our exceptional team of consultants.”

See previously managed modernization and new construction projects for ThyssenKrupp and Otis Elevator Company in both Hawaii and Denver, Colo. His career also included serving as a new installation estimator and quality supervisor during his tenure with Otis. See worked on many landmark projects including Honolulu’s City Financial Tower, Ala Moana Pacific Center and Waihonua at Kewalo, 707 17th Street in Denver and Swedish Medical Center in Seattle. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from of the University of Washington.

Lerch Bates announced in August that it had been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the modernization of the diverse elevator systems of the largest office complex in Hawaii. The multifaceted vertical transportation renovation project at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building. Upgrading PGC’s elevator systems is one of Lerch Bates’ largest projects in the western United States. The program includes replacing Westinghouse Mark V equipment in the two seven-car banks and installing destination based technology.

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

Lerch Bates’ Hawaiian office is located at 307a Kamani St., #3, Honolulu, HI 96813.

Elevator Maintenance V3.0

In 2005 I published a brief for our clients on the status of elevator maintenance. This portion of the industry’s “bread and butter” as coined by Peter Leavers in his post on facilities-manager.co.uk has changed more in the last 10 years than the previous 40. So much so that my 2005 brief is probably out of date. So here’s an update:

The equipment is better. Today’s installations are MRL gearless machines which require less maintenance. This sole product line has influenced that way service companies approach maintenance.

Maintenance is more regulated by code than ever before. Previously the market drove maintenance habits, today, code requires an MCP – maintenance control program for every unit. Our word of caution – the equipment owner is required to ensure the MCP is in place and is followed. One of our peers, John Koshak, has authored two books as well as articles in Elevator World explaining the MCP as a contractor requirement.

Remote monitoring has improved and remote diagnostics is being used to varying levels. Safe to assume that remote repair is in the background somewhere.

Another safe assumption…it will be less than 5 years before V3.0 is outdated and we will be writing about Elevator Maintenance V4.0.

Bags Fly for Free!

Herb Kelleher’s Southwest Airlines legacy lives on.  Through his creative leadership, SWA, not only benefited from a niche in the market, but became a leader in customer service.  For major industries, it is very easy to ‘continue-to-continue’, instead of taking a hard tack into a prevailing headwind and creating a ‘New Best Thing.’

Advance elevator and escalator monitoring and intelligence are one of these ‘New Best Things.’  Real time monitoring, statistical analysis and predictive service indicators allow building owners, facility managers and extend the life of expensive assets and increase responsiveness of the equipment.  Just like Southwest, it takes a company that is willing to take a hard tack into the wind to create massive value from a simple concept.

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Six years ago, Chuck Olsen, then President of Lerch Bates, took a simple concept … ‘Real time elevator monitoring’ and gave it a unique twist.  The twist focused on the analysis and presentation of elevator monitoring data in a manner that created demonstrable value for building owners working in partnership with their service maintenance providers.

For the building owner or a facilities director, he now had access to third-party independent data from one of the most expensive mechanical assets in their building.  They now had information that allowed them to make intelligent decisions on maintenance, equipment modernization and user satisfaction.  He now knows that quality of the service being provided be the installed vertical transportation unit.

For the maintenance company, using this data in partnership with the building owner creates a tight working partnership.  The maintenance company now can tailor its approach to the building to the exacting needs of the owner.  The maintenance company reduces it’s labor exposure, can better anticipate the needs of the owner and provides a better relationship with the owner.

Everyone wins!

With SWA, – ‘Bags Fly Free’.  This simple concept has allowed this airline to soar to new heights, and as Herb Kelleher as said , “We defy gravity!”  Elevators, escalators, moving walkways, dumbwaiters and other vertical transportation devices have ‘Free Bags’… they are called ‘Operational Statistics’.  They are available from almost any device and available to building owners and facility managers to allow them to improve efficiency, reduce maintenance, and put them back in control of their assets.

‘Ding’ – You are Free to Move Around Your Building.