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Jay A. Popp Joins the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings

CCHRB Is Recognized as the First Organization in the World to Specifically Advance the Knowledge of High-Rise Buildings

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced that industry veteran Jay A. Popp has been selected as a committee member of the Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings (CCHRB). CCHRB is a not-for-profit organization founded to investigate problems or enhancements, support research and disseminate information for economic design, construction, operation and rehabilitation of high-rise buildings.

Lerch Bates Executive Vice President, International, Jay A. Popp began working for the firm in 1977. His extensive experience in elevator consulting has included roles in engineering, architectural coordination and consulting on projects throughout the world. Jay has extensive experience in tall, supertall and megatall buildings, mixed-use projects and with dozens of stadiums and arenas. He is currently involved with major supertall projects throughout China, Asia, Russia, Turkey and the Middle East. He is currently an active member of the ASME A 17.1 International Standards Code Committee and National Elevator Industry, Inc. (NEII) and is the sitting president of the International Association of Elevator Consultants (IAEC).

“I am so pleased to have been chosen as a committee member of The Chicago Committee on High Rise Buildings,” said Popp. “As buildings around the globe grow taller and taller, it is imperative that research as well as our knowledge of all aspects of safety and design are disseminated internationally to those involved in the building industry.”

CCHRB consists of about 80 members including architects, engineers (structural, geo-technical, M/P/FP/E and others), specialty consultants (elevator, acoustics, fire protection/life safety, cladding and others), building owners, building managers, general contractors, specialty contractors, representatives of professional organizations and members of the legal profession. CCHRB was formally established in 1970, reportedly making it the first organization in the world to specifically advance the knowledge of high-rise buildings.

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Lerch Bates to Provide Elevator and Escalator Maintenance Management Services for Hilton Worldwide, Inc.

Contract Includes More Than 4,300 Elevators and Escalators Nationwide

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected by Hilton Worldwide, Inc. to provide elevator and escalator maintenance management services for the company’s Hilton portfolio in the United States.

Lerch Bates, the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world, and Hilton Worldwide, Inc., one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, have designed a custom maintenance management program to support and improve the ongoing maintenance and repair of Hilton’s elevators and escalators. The Hilton owned, managed and franchised properties participating in the program exceeds 4,300 elevators and escalators in more than 1,400 hotels across the country.

“We’re excited about this opportunity to continue our long-term relationship with Hilton,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “For more than 65 years, Lerch Bates has been the industry leader in elevator and escalator consulting and we take pride in the relationships we have built with building owners and building managers around the world.”

Lerch Bates will provide Hilton on-site surveys and equipment analysis, maintenance audits of the systems, compilation of statistical analysis reports, reviews of maintenance findings and development strategies for the systems. The firm will tap into its expertise in engineering and technology to improve the maintenance and repair of Hilton’s elevators and escalators.

“This program was developed with significant Hilton input over the past two years and is designed to be fully comprehensive in managing Hilton’s elevator and escalator maintenance program,” said Bryan Hines, Lerch Bates’ vice president of strategic accounts.


ABOUT LERCH BATES
For more than 65 years, with elevator consulting as its cornerstone, Lerch Bates has advised architects, developers, building investors, owners and managers on the design, sustainability and continuous use of a wide spectrum of building systems for any size or type of building. Lerch Bates Inc., headquartered in metropolitan Denver, Colo., is an international consulting services firm with offices throughout North America, Europe, the Middle East and India. Lerch Bates operates Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Ltd., a holding company in Hong Kong. For more information, visit lerchbates.com.

ABOUT HILTON WORLDWIDE
Hilton Worldwide is a leading global hospitality company, spanning the lodging sector from luxurious full-service hotels and resorts to extended-stay suites and mid-priced hotels. For 93 years, Hilton Worldwide has offered business and leisure travelers the finest in accommodations, service, amenities and value. The company is dedicated to continuing its tradition of providing exceptional guest experiences across its global brands. Its brands are comprised of more than 3,900 hotels and timeshare properties, with 650,000 rooms in 90 countries and territories and include Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Hilton Hotels & Resorts, DoubleTree by Hilton, Embassy Suites Hotels, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Hotels, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages the world-class guest reward program Hilton HHonors®. Visit www.hiltonworldwide.com for more information and connect with Hilton Worldwide at www.facebook.com/hiltonworldwide, www.twitter.com/hiltonworldwide, www.youtube.com/hiltonworldwide, www.flickr.com/hiltonworldwide and www.linkedin.com/company/hilton-worldwide.

Lerch Bates to Modernize Elevator Systems at Historic Chicago Hotel

The Drake Hotel is One of The Windy City’s Most Iconic Hotel Properties

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevator systems in Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel. Constructed in 1920 and designed by famed architect Benjamin Marshall, The Drake Hotel has a renowned history unmatched by any other hotel property in Chicago.

The oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in the world, Lerch Bates has been the international leader in vertical transportation for more than 65 years. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world. Lerch Bates will perform elevator equipment surveys, code compliance reviews, ADA compliance consulting, bidding assistance and construction services for the five main guest elevators, originally installed in 1920, and four service elevators at The Drake.

Lerch Bates has also modernized elevator systems in other legendary Chicago hotels including The Palmer House, built in 1869 and the oldest operating hotel in The Windy City, and The Hilton Chicago, constructed in 1927 and the largest hotel in the city by the number of guestrooms. Modernization of the elevators at The Drake is expected to be complete in late 2014. The four service elevators are scheduled for modernization in fiscal year 2014.

“The Drake Hotel is truly one Chicago’s historical gems,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “Lerch Bates is honored to have been selected to modernize some of the most utilized amenities in such an extraordinary building. Our firm has consulted on the vertical transportation needs of landmark buildings around the globe and we are excited about modernizing the elevator systems at The Drake.”

Positioned at the gateway to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, The Drake is located at 140 E. Walton Place. The storied hotel, conceived by John and Tracy Drake, features 535 guestrooms on 10 floors including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in The Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.

Lerch Bates Joins Expansion Project at Denver International Airport

South Terminal Redevelopment Program to Complete Original Vision of Airport

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management headquartered in metropolitan Denver, will provide elevator, escalator and façade access consulting on the South Terminal Redevelopment Program at Denver International Airport.

The $500 million project, with construction to be completed in 2015, will feature a 519-key hotel and conference center and will reinvent the way the nation’s fifth busiest airport connects with the Mile High City. Global architecture, design, planning and consulting firm Gensler is the lead architect on the project.

Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world. Throughout its 65-year history, the firm has set the international standard for elevator consulting and has a reputation as a worldwide leader in advising on façade access.  As architects continue to push the limits of design, developers are striving to maximize the available interior space of the buildings.  It provides unique challenges for vertical transportation and Lerch Bates is a member of the architectural design teams working on many of today’s newest buildings. The South Terminal Redevelopment Program will include the construction of 18 elevators and 18 escalators.

The façade access consultants of Lerch Bates continually make benchmarks in innovation when designing exterior building maintenance equipment systems. The systems enable the firm’s clients to safely access all exterior facades of their buildings for window cleaning and exterior maintenance. Lerch Bates has designed façade access systems for exceptional buildings around the world including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

“Elevators are among the most utilized assets in a building,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “Our unique expertise in vertical transportation engineering and design as well as in the planning of permanent access equipment for exterior and interior building maintenance is unmatched in our industry. The South Terminal Redevelopment Program will complete the initial vision of DIA and we are honored to be a part of such an important project.”

Expected to create nearly 1,000 jobs including 600 to 700 construction and design jobs and more than 200 hotel jobs, the modern 21st Century design of the new Westin hotel and conference center, outdoor public plaza and train station will complement the existing Jeppesen Terminal. The 22.8-mile Regional Transportation District (RTD) East Rail Line, currently under construction, will connect the new commuter rail station with downtown Denver. DIA reports that there are 186 firms working on the South Terminal Redevelopment Program with 88% of them locally owned. Construction of the project began in the fall of 2011. The 519-key Westin is expected to open for business and 2015 and the new commuter rail station is slated to open in 2016.

DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world with more than 50 million passengers traveling through it annually. The airport reported last month that it broke its all-time passenger traffic record in 2012 with more than 53 million travelers. The record-breaking year is a 0.6 increase over the previous record of 52,849,132 passengers traveling thought the airport in 2011.