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Lerch Bates Global Headquarters Moves To Larger Office

World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Logistics
Firm Has Experienced Exceptional Growth in Recent Years

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, today moved its global headquarters from Littleton, Colo., to 9780 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 450, Englewood, CO 80112. The firm has experienced steady growth in its personnel and number of annual projects around the world and requires additional office space for its international headquarters. Lerch Bates grew its number of employees worldwide by 42 percent and its headquarters staff by 24 percent during the past two years.

“Lerch Bates continues to strategically grow its team and consulting operations throughout the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We continue to increase our market share in America, Asia, Middle East and India and the time has come to expand our global headquarters in metropolitan Denver. A larger head office will better meet the needs of our rapidly growing firm.”

Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, 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 Inc. announced in June 2015 that it had completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has become one of the largest vertical transportation consulting firms in the New York City metropolitan area, working with some of the most prestigious architects, developers, property owners and property management companies throughout New York, Washington D.C./ Northern Virginia and Boston. For more information, visit josephneto.com.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced in Dec. 2014 that the firm 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. For more information, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

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.

Installation Of Elevator And Escalator Systems At DIA Near Completion

Denver International Airport is Currently Undergoing a $544 Million Expansion Project

Denver International Airport (DIA), the nation’s fifth busiest airport with more than 53 million passengers traveling through the facility annually, is currently constructing a new hotel and transit center that will enhance the customer experience and provide for new business opportunities. Lerch Bates announced today that installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is nearing completion. The Westin Denver International Airport portion of the project is scheduled to open on Nov. 19.

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced in February 2013 that it had been selected to design the elevator, escalator and façade access systems of the expansion. A focal point of Lerch Bates’ vertical transportation design for the expansion project is three colossal five-story escalators that connect the transit center on level 1 with the public plaza on level five. Paris-based light artist Yann Kersalé was selected to provide a lighting design for the train and level five canopies and a unique video-based art installation directly above the 60-foot escalators. Passengers will witness slow moving images projected onto a faceted rock-like structure fabricated from aluminum. The structure will be 23 feet wide, 36 feet tall and will cover 1,100 square feet. Kersalé is internationally acclaimed and titled the work “L’eau dans tous ses êtats” or “Water in all of its states.”

Yann Kersale rendering“DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is an extraordinary expansion project that will help ensure DIA remains a competitive leading global airport,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates has designed the vertical transportation and façade access systems for hundreds of landmark structures in dozens of countries and we are honored to be part of such a magnificent and expansive project.”

The Hotel and Transit Center Program consists of three physically integrated projects including the construction of a 519-room Westin hotel, Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail and bus transit center that is expected to serve more than 18,00 rail passengers daily and a vast public plaza that will feature entertainment, art exhibits, restaurants and more. The 22.8-mile Regional Transportation District (RTD) East Rail Line, currently under construction, will connect the new commuter rail station with downtown Denver. Construction of DIA’s massive expansion project began in the fall of 2011 with the Westin hotel and public plaza slated for completion later this year and commuter rail service beginning in 2016.

The public art for the new hotel and transit center is approximately $5 million for interior and exterior projects. Denver’s Public Art Ordinance directs one percent of construction costs for public facilities over $1 million be set aside for artwork to be integrated into each project.

Global design firm Gensler serves as the designer for the Westin hotel and conference center, architect of the Public Transit Center and public plaza and master planner for the entire Hotel and Transit Center Program. Anderson Mason Dale is the Architect of Record for the Public Transit Center.

DIA escalatorsLerch 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.

The Hotel and Transit Center Program will complete the original vision for the airport and is the first investment in DIA’s Airport City initiative. Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth busiest airport in the United States. With more than 53 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Animation of the Hotel and Transit Center can be found on Denver International Airport’s YouTube channel.

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.

Lerch Bates to Design Vertical and Horizontal Transportation Systems for Colossal Redevelopment Project in QingDao, China

Qingdao Haitian Center to Feature Three Towers that will Redefine City’s Urban Landscape

Qingdao, a major city in China’s eastern Shandong province, is witnessing a high-rise construction boom with the Haitian Center being built on the grounds of the former famed Haitian Hotel. Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected by Qingdao Conson Real Estate Co., Ltd. to design the vertical and horizontal transportation systems for the project’s three towers.

Haitian Center 2Construction of the Haitian Center began in early June with the demolition of Qingdao’s Haitian Hotel. The 600-room five-star hotel had been an essential part of the city’s skyline for more than 27 years but was deemed outdated and was leveled to make room for the new Haitian Center. Situated between Xianggang Xi and Donghai Xi roads, the Haitian Center is a massive mixed-used development designed by Archilier Architecture that will include three high-rise towers with the tallest rising 1,210 feet high with spectacular views of the Yellow Sea. The project will feature a 450-room five-star hotel, 235-room 6-star hotel, Class A office space, business club, high-end residential units, luxury brand retail stores and a vast convention center.

“China is witnessing historic and unparalleled growth in the construction of high-rise structures across the county,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Lerch Bates is truly thankful to be such an integral part of the region’s explosive development by providing vertical transportation and façade access consulting services for many of China’s most prominent projects. Haitian Center will allow our firm to showcase the latest in elevator, escalator and façade access designs.”

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world and has built a reputation as the premier designer of façade access systems. Lerch Bates has consulted on the vertical transportation and façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, of 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.

Headquartered in New York City, with a satellite office in Shanghai, Archilier Architecture is a dynamic architectural design firm serving a wide range of clients worldwide. The core members of Archilier Architecture together have extensive experience in the various design fields of architecture, master planning, BIM practice and Green Design. Its international team of design experts has a broad range of experience designing and leading projects in the United States and Asia, most notably hotels, resorts, retail centers, office complexes and large scale mixed-use developments. Archilier Architecture strives to design projects that respect the distinct cultural, social and architectural traditions of communities while also reflecting the unique visions of its clients. To learn more, visit archilier.com.

Construction of the Haitian Center is expected to complete in 2017.

Lerch Bates announced last week that it had been selected to design the façade access system for another high-rise tower that will be built in China. The $3 billion (USD) China Resources Headquarters tower will be more than 1,300 feet (400 meters) tall and is expected to be Shenzhen’s second tallest skyscraper when it is completed in 2016. Designed by international architectural firm KPF, the structure will house a new mainland headquarters for China Resources and will resemble a bamboo chute with a diagrid skin. The China Resources Headquarters tower is the focal point of the Shenzhen Bay Comprehensive Development Project in the city’s Nanshan District. The development project covers more than 281,000 square feet (26.105 m2) and also will include a cluster of modern office, hotel and residential buildings, a new headquarters for China Resources subsidiary Vanguard and a massive shopping mall. Construction of the project began in October 2012.

Lerch Bates Awarded Contract To Design Facade Access System For China Resources Headquarters High-Rise In Shenzhen, China

Skyscraper is Expected to be the City’s Second Tallest Building When Completed

ChinaResourcesCenterShenzhen, a city in southern mainland China with a metropolitan population of more than 10 million people, has become a major financial center with a rapidly evolving modern cityscape. Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected to design the façade access system for a high-rise tower that will become a landmark on the city’s eclectic skyline.

The $3 billion (USD) China Resources Headquarters tower will be more than 1,300 feet (400 meters) tall and is expected to be Shenzhen’s second tallest skyscraper when it is completed in 2016. Designed by international architectural firm KPF, the structure will house a new mainland headquarters for China Resources and will resemble a bamboo chute with a diagrid skin.

Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in the design of complex façade access systems. The firm’s façade access consultants continually make benchmarks in innovation when designing exterior building maintenance equipment systems. The systems enable clients to safely access all exterior facades of their buildings for window cleaning and other exterior maintenance. Lerch Bates has designed façade access systems for exceptional buildings around the world including the 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, the 1,483-foot (452-meter) Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China.

“The China Resources Headquarters tower is one of those magnificent projects that companies in our industry dream about being a part of the design team,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “As China continues to witness tremendous growth in the construction of high-rise structures across the country, Lerch Bates is both eager and prepared to be a part of the teams that design the future tallest buildings in the world.”

The China Resources Headquarters tower is the focal point of the Shenzhen Bay Comprehensive Development Project in the city’s Nanshan District. The development project covers more than 281,000 square feet (26,105 m2) and also will include a cluster of modern office, hotel and residential buildings, a new headquarters for China Resources subsidiary Vanguard and a massive shopping mall. Construction of the project began in October 2012. The Port of Shenzhen is one of the busiest and fastest growing ports in southern mainland China and is located in the Pearl River Delta in the country’s Guangdong province.

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LB in Best of What’s New

Question: what do Las Vegas and Dubai have in common? (no, not that)

Answer: two Lerch Bates projects that made Popular Science’s Engineering Best of What’s New lists.

Veer Towers in Las Vegas, Nevada and Burj Khalifa in Dubai, UAE.

They were both honored with Popular Science magazine’s Best Of What’s New 2010 Engineering Award.  In addition, Lerch Bates Inc. was commissioned to lend its vertical transportation and facade access consulting expertise to both projects.

Veer Towers is part of the new MGM City Center, which has 250 elevators and 60 escalators. Of this total, Veer Towers has 8 elevators; four in each building.

The Burj Khalifa is the world’s tallest building and has the fastest double deck elevators at 1,969 feet per minute.  It also has the highest operating BMU (building maintenance unit) in the world, working at 2,345 feet.

And that was just for 2010. Let’s see what we have cooking for 2011.

Lerch Bates featured in Popular Science Best of What's New 2010 Engineering list.

The “Unit Material” Empire Strikes Back

As consultants, we are expected to be the experts.  So, we spend a fair amount of our time doing research on new products that are on the market.  Honestly, it is amazing to see what is out there in new technology, including, elevators, Automated Guided Vehicles, Tug systems, Pneumatic Tube Systems, Pneumatic Chute Systems, AS/RS Systems (Automatic Storage/Retrieval Systems), and horizontal carousels to name a few.

In the past couple of weeks, we at Lerch Bates have had the opportunity to see some of the new robotic technology on the market for healthcare facilities, and I have to say that it seems we are getting closer to some of the technology portrayed in the sci-fi movies of the 1970s and 1980s.  Think R2-D2.  While we have yet to see a hover craft for unit material delivery in hospitals, we have still seen some pretty exciting technology.

Last week, Lerch Bates saw one such technology in action…the autonomous mobile robot.  These are small transport units available now, that can deliver up to 50 pounds of supplies, mail, samples, etc. These robots are intelligent enough to map an area and store where obstructions may be along a path so that they can travel along the route to get to the destination.  They can even detect people and can navigate around obstructions not on their map.  They are completely independent devices and can be programmed to say specific messages and play specific songs in route or at the destination.  It is almost as if they have been assigned a “personality.” These are definitely an option for anyone looking at possible solutions for small items to be transported via materials handling system, rather than using costly FTE “sneaker power.”  In some cases, these could even be used to relieve unit supply traffic on an existing Pneumatic Tube System.

Lerch Bates strives to continue to keep a strong pulse on the technologies available to give our clients the best options.  In fact, this is one of the best and most interesting parts of our job.  Who knows, maybe hover technology is next?

Cloud Computing in the Elevator Industry?

What is Cloud Computing?

Cloud Computing is quickly becoming the future of Information Technology for small firms.  Cloud Computing is a term that is typically used when leveraging the assets of another firm to host software, hardware, infrastructure, professional services, security, storage, and internet accessibility in an effort to reduce in-house Information Technology expenses, resources, geographical resource needs, and capital investment in infrastructure.   One example includes outsourcing your email hosting to another firm because they have better resources to access the internet, they have generators to keep servers running 24/7/365, and they have expertise to proactively monitor situations.

How will Cloud Computing affect me?

Cloud Computing will likely affect the elevator, field services, construction, facilities management, and architecture industries in the near future.  How?  In an effort to become proactive in all things that involve monitoring the engineering departments, plant management, and resources of a firm, Cloud Computing will allow mobile devices (think iPad) to continuously illustrate the current-state of the entire plant.  HVAC systems, electrical systems, elevators, escalators, moving sidewalks, pneumatic tube systems, swimming pool data, IT systems, security systems, telecommunication systems, and all associated assets will be configured on a single display that, when triggered due to a designed threshold being met, will display alerts in a visual communication format.  Workflows will be triggered to issue email alerts or phone calls to the engineer on duty, to kick-off document processes so that work orders are opened, and to initiate a JIT requisition for replacement parts, expert professional services, and pre-approved purchase approvals if the alert is deemed critical.

These workflows can be easily automated to respond to critical situations with pre-determined solutions so that making decisions at midnight while you’re on vacation are already implemented when the problem occurs.  Example; you’ve determined that if there is an air-conditioner that meets a certain threshold, then it triggers an alert to your controller card for HVAC.  The controller card alerts your Microsoft SharePoint site via email.  The email is automatically subjected to a workflow that starts approvals and scripts to order product from the closest Just-In-Time manufacturer for the part that met the threshold.  By the time you arrive the next morning you’ve had a part couriered to you and there is a technician that has been dispatched to install the part by the OEM of the asset.  If you have a goal of becoming proactive in the monitoring of your assets, then you should strongly consider Cloud Computing opportunities.  On a side note, Lerch Bates offers a proactive monitoring service called LiftSense for elevator management.

Why should I consider Cloud Computing?

You should consider Cloud Computing before investing in future software and hardware purchases for your Information Technology department.  New servers, routers, Storage Area Networks (SAN), and software (Exchange 2010, VMware, ERP applications, etc.) are considerable capital investments for small firms.  It is becoming the industry standard to outsource Cloud Computing services for email hosting and I expect that ERP systems will be the next platform to outsource.  Microsoft’s BPOS product is leading the way towards hosting Microsoft Exchange products.  GoogleApps is also making large strides in this marathon by hosting email, instant messaging, and other applications for city-wide installations around the country.  I expect that storage management will be the next big outsourced service for a VMware platform.  Clear Winds out of Birmingham, Alabama, is a firm that will manage your storage networks, as well as Lewan & Associates from Denver, Colorado.  Epicor, the maker of several ERP systems, is beginning to host their own ERP products for small firms and these Cloud Computing opportunities should be closely weighted and scored using scorecards by executive teams.

In the near future (think 2012) I expect that Information Technology departments of small firms (less than 500 employees) will outsource more and more applications and eventually complete infrastructures to Cloud Computing firms.  There is a financial incentive for small firms to outsource their Information Technology departments and when there is a problem the Cloud Computing firms have the best human resources to get fix problems quickly and accurately.  Consider your small Information Technology department of less than ten employees.  Cloud Computing firms typically employee 30-100 of these same experts except these experts have served as Consultants for many small firms so they have the expertise and exposure to hundreds of applications and situations.  The team of Cloud Computing resources is far greater than your small team and they are experts at what they do on a daily basis specific to several explicit technologies whether SAN management, Exchange, ERP applications, SQL, firewalls, or servers.