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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.