Lerch Bates Inc. Building Insight

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Our newest Lerch Bates office is located in the heart of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China at the center of the world’s most exciting and dynamic architectural high-rise design community. This office is working on some of the most iconic and unique tall, super tall, and mega tall towers throughout Asia.

The Lerch Bates (China) Limited office provides complete design consulting services for all of our business lines—Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Materials Management / Materials Handling— and works with some of the world’s foremost architects in Asia.

The Lerch Bates approach provides continuity of design services and project coordination with our client’s design teams in the United States, Europe, Asia, and through Local Design Institutes in China. The extensive international experience of our Shanghai consulting team results in our consultants being well versed in the code and cultural issues of each market throughout Asia Pacific. Our direct relationships with all of the China domestic Original Equipment (OEM ) manufacturers at each of the factories, as well as relationships with the engineering departments of all of the major elevator and façade access equipment suppliers, result in design solutions that directly reflect the specific equipment and capabilities available within the China domestic market as well as major European and Japanese factories.



Lerch Bates Receives Approval From New York Department of Labor to Perform Inspections of Exterior Building Maintenance Systems

Department Imposes New Inspection Deadlines for Recertification

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced that it has been approved by the New York State Department of Labor to perform periodic inspection and recertification of exterior building maintenance equipment in the state of New York.

The approval is of particular importance as the department has imposed new inspection deadlines for façade access equipment systems, specifically window washing rigs, with the first deadline being Jan. 1, 2014. The related American National Standards Institute (“ANSI”) standard recommends testing of façade access equipment be performed once every ten years, however the New York State Department of Labor has enacted more stringent regulations. The department now requires all buildings with active approvals dated prior to Jan. 1, 1990 be inspected and recertified by Jan. 1, 2014. Approvals dated between Jan. 1, 1990 and Dec. 31, 1999 require recertification by Jan. 1, 2015 and approvals dated between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2009 require recertification by Jan. 1, 2017.

In order to maintain an active approval, a written certification by a licensed New York professional engineer must be postmarked on or before the appropriate deadline dates. In order to be recertified, the department requires that all components of the façade access system are safe and functioning as originally designed, that all components are free from defects or wear which would require replacement, maintenance of the equipment is in accordance with each manufacturer’s recommendations and all structural components continue to be capable of supporting all loading required by design. Failure to provide a written certification by the applicable deadline will result in an approval being deemed inactive.

“Lerch Bates has been leading the way in the innovative designs and extensive inspections of exterior building maintenance systems throughout the world, “ said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “As more and more states look to the private sector to perform inspections of façade maintenance equipment, we are honored that the New York Department of Labor has approved Lerch Bates and its team of certified professional engineers to perform the inspection and recertification of exterior building maintenance equipment in the state.”

Lerch Bates has developed advanced and effective methods of load testing façade access equipment to ensure systems meet the minimum standards outlined by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (“OSHA”), ASME (founded as the American Society of Mechanical Engineers), the International Window Cleaning Association and local and state standards. The firm’s methods for testing the systems include the inspection of building suspension equipment for OSHA compliance, load testing of all exterior and interior building maintenance equipment including eye bolts, davit sockets and pedestals, preparing and recording detailed test results and data and issuing reports and certifications in accordance with all national, state and local standards.