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2013 Lerch Bates Consultant’s Forum

Lerch Bates Inc. celebrated its successes of 2012 by hosting a four-day Consultant’s Forum from May 7-10. Thirty different speakers presented new industry information regarding the business lines that Lerch Bates provides expert technical services—Elevator Consulting, Façade Access and Logistics. One such speaker was Karen Cortell Reisman, M.S., a member of the National Speakers Association and author of two books and many published articles.

Ms. Reisman presented a two-hour keynote address entitled, “Speak For Yourself.” She used interaction techniques to engage the audience and demonstrate that all 18 Lerch Bates offices around the world face the same day-to-day challenges. One of her many points was that the brain remembers roughly only 25% of what it encounters throughout the day and we must dictate what that 25% will be when meeting new industry contacts. In addition, Ms. Reisman gave each of the attendees an autographed copy of her new book, “The Naked Truth About Selling,” which divides her concepts into three sections—Attitude, Game Plan and Action.

Thank you Karen Cortell Resiman for a fun, educational and engaging experience.

Lerch Bates Approved by New York Department of Labor to Perform Inspections of Exterior Building Maintenance Systems

Dept. 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 recertification 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
  • between Jan. 1, 1990 and Dec. 31, 1999 require recertification by Jan. 1, 2015
  • between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2009 require recertification by Jan. 1, 2017

with recertification required by a New York State licensed professional engineer every five years thereafter.

In order to maintain an active approval, a written certification by a licensed New York professional engineer must be dated on or before the appropriate deadlines. 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.”

New York State Department of Labor Building Maintenance Equipment Inspection and Recertification Requirements

Lerch Bates Selected to Join Team Constructing VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia

Multipurpose Complex is One of the Largest Projects in Russian Federation

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected by MANICA Architecture to provide vertical transportation and façade access consulting services for the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure.

VTB Stadium and Arena, 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. Founded in 1923 and the oldest soccer team in Russia, FC Dynamo Moscow currently plays in the Russian Premier League. The VTB Stadium and Arena development also will feature the construction of other structures on its grounds including a world-class sports academy, professional and amateur training facilities, apartments, office space and a luxury hotel.

“VTB Stadium and Arena will have a tremendous impact on how sports and entertainment venues will be designed and constructed,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “The innovative venue, while honoring the past, will be the keystone for the future development of sports in the Russian Federation and Lerch Bates is privileged to be a part of such a significant project.”

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

Dynamo Stadium, opened in 1928 and the home of FC Dynamo Moscow until it closed in 2008, was designed by architects Aleksandr Langman and Leonid Cherikover and constructed at Petrovsky Park in Moscow. The site has a rich history dating back to the 1770s when Catherine the Great ordered the construction of Petrovsky Palace so it could serve as the final overnight stop for nobles traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow. VTB Stadium and Area will preserve the perimeter façade of Dynamo Stadium as the two new sports facilities will be constructed within the ring of the historic building. The existing park surrounding Dynamo Stadium will be preserved as public green space.

David Manica of MANICA Architecture is supervising the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena. The firm’s current and recent projects include Lusail Iconic Stadium (FIFA World Cup 2022, Doha, Qatar), Guangzhou International Arena and Entertainment District (Guangzhou, China), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), as well as design consulting for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Inter Milan Football Club (Milan, Italy). Prior to establishing his own design studio, Manica worked for thirteen years as a senior project designer at HOK Sport Venue Event, renamed Populous, where he was responsible for leading the design of over $5 billion in construction worldwide.  His arena and stadium design experience includes lead design positions on some of the largest and most recognized facilities in the world including Toyota Center, Reliant Stadium, O2 Arena London, Beijing Olympic Arena and the new Wembley Stadium in London, England.

VTB Stadium and Arena will be jointly owned by FC Dynamo Moscow and VTB Bank, one of the leading universal banks in the Russian Federation and the majority stakeholder of the team.

Lerch Bates Joins Team Constructing Saudi Arabia’s New Tallest Commercial Skyscraper

Capital Market Authority Tower is Focal Project of New King Abdullah Financial

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, was selected by renowned architecture firm HOK and leading architectural and engineering consultancy firm Omrania & Associates to join the team constructing the prestigious Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Lerch Bates is providing vertical transportation, façade access and materials management expertise during the construction of the future tallest commercial tower in the Middle East. The firm is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has set the international standard for elevator consulting. The CMA tower will be served by two double-deck sky lobbies and will include 11 double deck shuttle cars, 17 twins (an elevator system equipped with two separate traction drives that allows two cars to travel on the same set of rails, one above the other), 12 escalators and 12 additional elevators including service units.

Throughout its 65-year history, Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in advising on façade access and materials management/material handling. Lerch Bates has consulted on the façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing, 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, the 1,483-foot Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China.

“Lerch Bates is honored to provide the consulting of its three core competencies, vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, on the construction of Saudi Arabia’s new tallest commercial skyscraper,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “The tower will provide many firsts for the kingdom including the first building in the country to utilize a twin elevator system, the first superstructure to be LEED Gold Certified and the first to use triple-pane, utilized glazing on its façade. We are very excited to join the team constructing this new landmark in Riyadh.”

The 76-story 1,263-feet tall skyscraper will eclipse Saudi Arabia’s current tallest commercial building, the landmark 991-foot Kingdom Centre, and is expected to be complete in 2014. The CMA tower will be the focal point of the King Abdullah Financial District (“KAFD”), an unprecedented development that consists of dozens of towers and will transform the kingdom into a major hub for Middle Eastern business.  KAFD will host the headquarters of the Capital Market Authority, Tadawul, the kingdom’s stock exchange, banks, financial institutions and other service providers such as accountants, auditors, lawyers, analysts, rating agencies, consultants and IT providers.

Saudi Arabia’s Capital Marketing Authority, the government organization responsible for regulating the kingdom’s capital markets, will occupy the top three floors of the CMA tower (300,000 square feet). The 1.98-million square feet skyscraper also will house a 45-seat auditorium, dining areas and leisure facilities featuring a modern fitness center and luxurious swimming pool.

When completed, the CMA tower is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Gold Certified by the Green Building Council. The slim tower’s vertical transportation units will generate electricity from lift-car inertia during downward breaking. The structural transparency of the skyscraper will create internal openness and access to natural light within the floors.

To mitigate the region’s intense sunlight and heat, CMA will feature a high performance solar control system that includes an external layer of fins, gantries and perforated panels that will provide shade and amplify the thermal efficiency of the triple-pane, unitized glazing. The shading devices will minimize solar gain and internal cooling demands, reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (“HVAC”) requirements. The CMA tower’s internal heat gains will be minimized by eliminating copper wire-based distribution systems for data and security.

The revolutionary design will utilize wireless communications, air blown fiber optics and converged network technologies, merging voice, data and video networks to reduce costs, centralize management and boost productivity.