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Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Henderson Senior Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Steve Henderson has been named senior consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm establishing a presence in New Orleans reporting to its Dallas office.

Steve will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, maintenance audits, and due diligence studies in his new role with Lerch Bates. He will also be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services, vertical transportation evaluations, and contracting documents for equipment.

“Steve is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are very important markets for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in those regions.”

Steve brings over 20 years of industry experience serving as a Branch Manager in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana for Dover/ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company. During that time, he has proven to be a focused, results oriented leader, excelling in all facets of evaluation. The knowledge and skills honed over those two decades will serve him well in his new role and are a welcome addition to Lerch Bates Inc.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana State University.

Lerch 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.

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 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 Appoints Cory Hunter Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Industry Leader Joins Pacific Northwest Office
with More Than 16 Years of Engineering and Management Experience

Cory HunterLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced industry veteran Cory Hunter has been named consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s largest and oldest vertical transportation consulting firm’s Pacific Northwest office located in greater Seattle with more than 16 years of notable industry experience. The firm’s regional office now consists of seven elevator consultants.

Hunter is based in Portland, Oregon, and is tasked with providing vertical transportation consulting services for design, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout the Pacific Northwest. He previously managed Centric Elevator Corporation in Portland where he specialized in growth strategy development, vertical transportation modernization and maintenance. During his tenure at the firm, Hunter was instrumental in the intensive growth of the company in the state by capitalizing on the implementation of non-proprietary equipment design and placement in the marketplace. He spearheaded many notable projects for the firm including elevator modernizations at Oregon Health & Science University and various modernization projects for Jackson County.

“Cory is a much welcomed addition to our Pacific Northwest team as Lerch Bates continues to expand in the region,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He joins our firm with extensive engineering and management experience and with unique industry knowledge of the rapidly growing area. Cory is a valued addition to our developing project management team in the United States.”

Prior to his work at Centric Elevator Corporation, Hunter was an international lumber trader, coordinating international business development, logistics and domestic distribution of hardwoods and plywood products. Hunter started his career as a technical engineer specialist in the United States Marine Corps in 1998 where he was trained as a land surveyor, responsible for designing buildings and roads for military applications.

Hunter is a qualified elevator inspector (QEI) and developed a written maintenance control program for use in the Northwest. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oregon State University as well as advanced degrees in management including a Doctor of Philosophy in lift engineering management and a Master of Business Administration.

Lerch Bates Receives Approval From State of Arizona to Perform Inspections of Vertical Transportation Systems

Only Two Companies Have Received Licensing to Perform Third-Party Inspections in the State

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, it has been approved by the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (“ADOSH”) to perform inspections of elevator and escalator systems throughout the state. Lerch Bates is one of only two firms that have been licensed by the State of Arizona to perform third-party inspections of vertical transportation systems.

On July 29, 2010, changes made by the Arizona State Legislature to the Arizona Elevator Act allow the use of private elevator inspectors for vertical transportation systems. The amendment gives owners and operators of elevators and escalators the option of hiring ADOSH-approved private elevator inspectors to conduct initial and annual statutorily required inspections.

Lerch Bates recently completed an extensive application process with the State of Arizona and was approved and licensed by ADOSH to perform third-party inspections of vertical transportation systems throughout the state. The licensing of Lerch Bates gives owners and operators an additional choice when selecting an inspector and gives them another option when the State Elevator Section is unable to accommodate inspection deadlines. There are currently more than 30,000 elevators operating in Arizona.

“Being licensed by the State of Arizona to perform third-party inspections of elevators and escalators opens up a large new market for Lerch Bates,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “More and more states are allowing the private sector to perform initial and annual inspections of vertical transportation systems and we are leading the way in gaining approval in those states. It’s truly a testament to our team of certified professional engineers around the country that have given Lerch Bates such a respected name in vertical transportation consulting.”

Founded 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 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, 1,667-foot Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389-foot Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.

Lerch Bates Appoints Dana Crawford Senior Project Manager, Strategic Accounts

Crawford Oversees Projects and Business Relationships with Strategically Assigned Accounts

CrawfordDanaLerch Bates announced Dana Crawford has joined the international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management as senior project manager, strategic accounts group. Crawford is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in sales management, staff leadership and strategic business planning.

Crawford oversees strategic account relationships as well as develops new strategic account clients in her new role with Lerch Bates. She has been in the elevator industry for 16 years and served as a sales manager and executive account manager at Otis Elevator Company for 13 years in the greater Los Angeles market. She designed tactical programs and initiatives to grow all facets of the company’s service business including repairs, modernizations, retention and acquiring new business. She also spent time working with KONE and Arizona Elevator Company giving her broad knowledge in the elevator industry.

“Dana Crawford is a seasoned veteran with remarkable experience with sales and account management,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She brings a strong background in leadership and coaching which will be a great asset to her success. We are pleased that she has joined our talented team of project managers.”

Crawford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. She also is a certified Co-Active Coach® from Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International.

Lerch Bates Inspection Services

Lerch Bates Inspection Services is a full service inspection firm specializing in Federal, State, County and City mandated elevator and escalator code inspections.

We provide the following code mandated inspection services across the United States:

  • Annual no load & pressure witnessing inspections
  • Five year full load witnessing inspections
  • Routine or semi-annual code inspections
  • Witness annual escalator inspections (Step Skirt Indexing & Comb Plate Impact)
  • Accident inspections
  • Private code inspections
  • Witness elevator life safety test (Fire Life Safety & Emergency Power)

We follow a project management approach and provide the following services for building owners, property management firms, insurance companies, elevator companies and municipalities:

  • Highly trained inspectors with current Qualified Elevator Inspector licenses
  • Inspectors are licensed in each state that allows 3rd party inspection services
  • Scheduling and management of the entire inspection process
  • Typed report on the required State or Federal Inspection Form provided to all parties
  • Inspection reports reviewed for accuracy and proper code references for any noted violations
  • Filing services
  • Digital archive of all inspection reports are kept for 7 years

In addition, Lerch Bates Inspection Services can provide additional risk management services as well as a complete permit management program to ensure that each of your vertical transportation systems is properly permitted and current with all Authorities Having Jurisdiction.

Safety of the riding public is our # 1 priority and we enforce this commitment with each and every elevator and escalator code inspection we complete.