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Lerch Bates Promotes Mark Hall to SR. Project Manager, Strategic Accounts

Hall Joined International Consulting Firm in 2012 as a Project Manager

Mark HallLerch Bates announced Mark Hall has been promoted to sr. project manager, strategic accounts. He previously served as a project manager for the Lerch Bates Atlanta regional office.

Hall will now oversee projects and business relationships with strategically assigned accounts as well as develop and manage relationships with new strategic account clients. As a former project manager for the Atlanta office, Hall conducted maintenance evaluations, modernization services and vertical transportation analysis and design. He executed business development strategies through prospect identification, cross-selling to existing accounts and networking within national and regional professional associations.

“As Lerch Bates continues to enhance and expand its strategic accounts division it’s paramount that we retain the current and future leaders in our industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Mark’s extraordinary career in vertical transportation and his more than 10 years of experience as an authority in elevator systems makes him an ideal project manager of strategic accounts.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates in 2012, Hall served as in various sales and management positions within the vertical transportation industry. He previously worked as a new equipment sales manager and regional sales manager for Otis Elevator Company and as a senior account representative and then as a service sales manager for KONE.

Hall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in political science with a minor in international affairs from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida.

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.