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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 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 Modern Facade Access System for Contemporary Arena in Downtown Sacramento

Entertainment and Sports Center to Be New Home of the Sacramento Kings

Sacramento is poised to enter an economic renaissance as the multimillion-dollar Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) will be constructed along L and J streets, between 5th and 7th streets. The $477 million project will be the new home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings and Lerch Bates has been awarded a contract to design the facility’s complex façade access system.

Located in the heart of downtown Sacramento, the site will serve as an iconic civic space, open to the region 365 days a year. Its centralized location, utilization of existing public infrastructure and immediate proximity to public transportation make it a model of smart growth and green development. The ESC will host Sacramento Kings home games, other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family-oriented entertainment.

ESC SacramentoTotaling more than 600,000 square feet, the ESC will include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and an outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of the publicly and privately financed ESC will open fall of 2016, in time for the 2016-17 NBA season. Demolition of the site began earlier this past summer and the Kings currently play at the Sleep Train Arena, opened in 1988.

“The ESC is an exciting project not only for its innovative design, but because it’s expected to revitalize Sacramento’s burgeoning downtown,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates is already a member of various teams designing the country’s newest sports and entertainment complexes, and we’re eager to get to work on the city’s latest landmark structure.”

Massive 50 feet by 100 feet glass doors will create dynamic indoor and outdoor space, allowing visitors to enjoy Sacramento’s climate. The ESC will feature plazas, pedestrian circulation areas and other open spaces to provide openness and accessibility. Common open plazas will encourage pedestrian flow and access to the ESC, as well as to the surrounding restaurants, retail and commercial space. The public spaces also are expected to serve as gathering places for cultural performances and other community activities.

Global architecture firm AECOM serves as the lead architect for the ESC. The firm is renowned for designing some of the most recognized sports and entertainment venues in the world including the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Park, Rio 2016 Olympic Park, Seattle’s CenturyLink Field (formerly Qwest Field), Phoenix’s Chase Field and 11 NBA arenas including Barclays Center, opened in mid-2012 and home of the Brooklyn Nets. AECOM is a Fortune 500 company and serves clients in more than 150 countries.

Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in the design of complex façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for window washing and maintenance. The firm’s façade access consultants continually make benchmarks in innovation when designing exterior building maintenance equipment systems for landmark structures across the globe. Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation and façade access consulting firm in the world. The company has designed custom façade access systems for many celebrated high-rise towers 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.

Lerch Bates is currently designing the vertical transportation and façade access systems of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The arena, designed by MANICA Architecture and one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, features the redevelopment of historic Dynamo Stadium and the surrounding park. The exterior façade of the old stadium will be incorporated into the construction of the $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex. A honeycomb patterned skin will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. The groundbreaking design of the two ultramodern sports facilities will allow them to operate independently as well as simultaneously and is expected to be a catalyst for all sports in Russia. VTB Stadium and Arena will be the home of Football Club Dynamo Moscow when it is expected to open in 2017.

Lerch Bates Promotes Ron Welts To Regional Manager Of San Francisco Office

Welts Joined Firm in Late 2013 and Has Been Instrumental in Its Growth

Ron WeltsLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted industry veteran Ron Welts to regional manager of its San Francisco office. He previously served as project manager, elevator consulting group, providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Northern California.

Ron quickly established himself in the vertical transportation market of Northern California after joining Lerch Bates in October 2013. He promptly demonstrated strong leadership, business development and consulting skills and substantially contributed to the growing presence of Lerch Bates in the marketplace.

“Ron has been an invaluable addition to our San Francisco based team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Under his leadership, Lerch Bates has rapidly grown in the region and many new projects have come to fruition. I’m pleased to announce his much deserved new position with the firm and anticipate the company’s continued momentum in Northern California.”

Ron served as an elevator installation superintendent providing leadership for the installation of traction and hydraulic elevators and escalators for KONE prior to joining Lerch Bates. He also worked for Otis Elevator Company for 14 years in numerous roles including service operations manager, general manager, service supervisor and construction superintendent. He served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer in the early 1990s.

Welts earned a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from California Maritime Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

Lerch Bates Promotes Lance McMasters To Business Line Manager, Facade Access

McMasters Joined Firm in 2006 and Has Worked on Landmark Projects around the World

Lance McMastersLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted Lance McMasters to business line manager, façade access consulting group. He previously served for as a district manager, façade access consulting group, providing façade access analysis and design.

McMasters will provide daily leadership in achieving efficient and professional delivery of façade access services including façade access maintenance evaluations and the design and construction of façade access equipment. He also will recruit, hire, train, develop and appraise the management and technical consulting staff of the the firm. Additionally, McMasters will ensure that highly motivated and technically trained personnel are in appropriate markets to meet strategic goals and objectives. He will continue to work out of Lerch Bates’ San Francisco, Calif., office.

“Lance McMasters is a greatly valued member of our management team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has made exceptional contributions to Lerch Bates during his previous seven years with the firm and I’m pleased to announce his new role. We look forward to the exciting impact he make on our company and with our esteemed clients.”

McMasters has worked on many prestigious high-rise projects including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2,086-foot Wuhan Greenland Center in Wuhan, China and the 1,263-foot Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He serves as a co-chair for Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Working Group, Façade Access, and on the ASME A120.1 code committee for “Safety Requirements for Powered Platforms and Traveling Ladders and Gantries for Building Maintenance.” He also is an active member in the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Window Cleaners Association (IWCA).

McMasters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from California State University, Chico, in Chico, Calif.

Lerch Bates Selected To Design Facade Access System For One Of The Future Tallest Buildings In The World

Suzhou, a city in the Jiangsu province in eastern China adjacent to the Shanghai municipality, will soon be home to the tallest building in the world constructed outside of Saudi Arabia or United Arab Emirates. Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a contract to design the exterior building maintenance equipment system for China’s future tallest building.

Suzhou Zhongnan CenterSuzhou Zhongnan Center will soar to over 2,296 feet (700 meters) and will be built just west of Jinji Lake in Suzhou Industrial Park. When completed, the 138-floor supertall high-rise will eclipse the under-construction Shanghai Tower as the tallest building outside of the Middle East. Shanghai Tower is expected to be completed next year and will feature 121 floors with a maximum height of 2,073 feet (631 meters). The 2,717-foot (828-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates is the world’s current tallest building. The 3,280-foot (999-meter) Kingdom Tower, under construction in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, will claim the world’s tallest crown when it is planned to be complete in 2019.

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.

“Suzhou Zhongnan Center will instantly become one of the most recognized buildings in the world for its beautiful design and extraordinary height when it’s completed,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “No other country in the world is experiencing such an enormous high-rise construction boom as China and Lerch Bates is thankful to be a part of many of the country’s most high profile construction projects.”

Suzhou Zhongnan Center is being constructed by Zhejiang Zhongnan Construction Group Co., Ltd. and will feature Class A office space, a five-star hotel and residential units.

Lerch Bates recently announced its involvement with other landmark high-rise projects in China. The firm made an announcement last week that it was selected to design the vertical and horizontal transportation systems for a colossal redevelopment project in Qingdao. The Haitian Center, to be built on the grounds of the former famed Haitian Hotel, is a massive mixed-used development designed by Archilier Architecture that will include three high-rise towers with the tallest rising 1,210 feet (368 meters) 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.

Lerch Bates announced on Oct. 30 that it was chosen to design the façade access system for the $3 billion (USD) China Resources Headquarters tower in Shenzhen. The high-rise tower will be more than 1,300 feet (400 meters) tall and is expected to be the city’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 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.

Lerch Bate To Provide Vertical Transportation, Facade Access And Materials Management Services For Boston Project

The tallest building to be built in Boston in more than 20 years is expected to break ground in the coming months. Lerch Bates is proudboston tower to announce that it has been selected by developer Carpenter & Company, Inc. to join the team designing and constructing the high-rise tower adjacent to Christian Science Plaza.  The development includes a mid-rise structure and a high-rise tower that will be the tallest building built in Boston in more than 20 years.

Lerch Bates will design the vertical transportation and façade access systems as well as perform materials management and handling services for the tower. The project at Belvidere and Dalton streets is part of a larger development plan to redesign the 14.8-acre Christian Science Plaza in the city’s Back Bay. The structure will rise 691 feet and will feature 58 floors, 712,500 square feet, a 250-room hotel, 170 condominium units, restaurants and shops. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cambridge Seven Associates were chosen as collaborating architects for the project. Construction of the tower is expected to begin in early 2014 with completion in 2017.

“We are pleased that our firm will be able to showcase its three core competencies, vertical transportation, façade access and materials management and handling, during the construction of this inspiring project,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “We have designed elevator, escalator and façade access systems for some of the world’s tallest and most high profile buildings and we’re thrilled to join this project.”

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 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 Opens Office In Las Vegas

Ken Dietz Joins International Consulting Firm as Project Manager

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced it has opened a new office in Las Vegas, Nev. and has hired industry veteran Ken Dietz as project manager for the region. The addition of the Las Vegas office increases the total number of domestic Lerch Bates offices to 20 and 32 internationally.

Dietz manages vertical transportation system studies, performs vertical maintenance evaluations, designs and oversees construction services for vertical transportation equipment and supports design and construction services for façade access and materials management handling systems. He has served as a vertical transportation project manager on several high profile Las Vegas projects including City Center, McCarran Airport Terminal 3 and the The Linq.

“Lerch Bates is expanding its presence in the United States with the opening of an additional office in Las Vegas,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Ken Dietz was an obvious choice for joining our exceptional team of product managers around the world and for launching a new office. We greatly welcome the expertise he brings to our firm.”

Dietz has more than 13 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.