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Lerch Bates Appoints Mark Gustafson Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Skilled Vertical Transportation Consultants Around the World

Mark GustafsonLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Mark Gustafson has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Phoenix, Ariz., office. He joins the international firm with more than 27 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

Gustafson will provide vertical transportation analysis and design in the growing Arizona and New Mexico markets. In his new role with Lerch Bates, he will perform vertical transportation system studies, provide design and construction services for elevator and escalator equipment, manage design and contract documents and execute vertical transportation maintenance evaluations. He most recently served as the chief elevator inspector for the City of Phoenix for 16 years and as an inspector for the city for 11 years.

“Mark joins Lerch Bates with valuable local knowledge of the Southwest’s intricate vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “The firm’s diverse team of experienced elevator consultants continues to grow in the United States and around the world and we welcome Mark to our organization. I look forward to his contributions as the construction industry continues to rebound in Arizona and New Mexico.”

Gustafson attended Kansas State University and is a QEI-1 certified elevator inspector.

Lerch Bates Appoints Melanie Maass Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with More Than 17 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Lerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Melanie Maass has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Los Angeles, Calif., office. She joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics with more than 17 years of valuable experience in the elevator and escalator industry.

Melanie is tasked with managing vertical transportation studies, perform maintenance evaluations, designs and overseeing construction services for vertical transportation equipment as Lerch Bates continues to steadily grow its market share in Southern California. She previously served as a senior service account manager, service sales manager and modernization manager for Otis Elevator Company in the Bay Area and greater Los Angeles/Orange County markets. She designed data driven methods to increase company profits, provided training and development services and supported the company’s service, new equipment and modernization business. During her tenure as a modernization manager, Maass performed all surveys, ordering and project management in an effort to provide exceptional customer service, quality and on-time delivery.

“Melanie joins Lerch Bates at a critical time as we continue to execute our aggressive growth strategy in greater Los Angeles,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She is a much welcomed addition to our Southern California team as she brings the valuable experience, knowledge and extraordinary customer service skills needed to support our increasing presence in the marketplace.”

Melanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and International Business from San Francisco State University, Master of Arts in Humanities and Leadership from New College of California and a PsyD in Organization Development from California School of Professional Psychology.

Lerch Bates To Design Vertical Transportation Systems For New Atlanta Stadium

Facility Will Be the New Home of the Atlanta Falcons and Recently Awarded Major League Soccer Team
A new $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium is currently being constructed in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is expected to revolutionize how sports facilities are designed in the future. Lerch Bates, the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world, has been selected to design the vertical transportation systems for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and recently announced yet-to-be named Major League Soccer team.

The focal point of the sports and entertainment complex will be the eight massive triangular roof pieces that will run on individual tracks to open and close. Mimicking a camera shutter, the moving roof will be unique among sports stadiums and is expected to make the facility an instant icon in Georgia’s capital city. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2017 and will replace the aging Georgia Dome, home of the Falcons since 1992.

“Atlanta’s new stadium features an exceptional nontraditional design that is the first of its kind,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The facility is a highly creative sports and entertainment complex that will help ensure the city continues to attract world-class sporting and cultural events. Lerch Bates is honored to be a part of the team designing and constructing this new landmark for one of America’s leading cities.”

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Lerch Bates was founded in 1947 and has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access systems around the world. The company has consulted on 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.

Atlanta’s new stadium is the latest sports complex project that has involved Lerch Bates in the design process. The firm announced in January that it was selected by HKS Sports & Entertainment Group to design the façade access systems for the new home of the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. The $1.024 billion stadium is currently being
built on 33 acres adjacent to downtown Minneapolis and replaces the 32-year old Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The yet-to-be-named multipurpose facility will include approximately 1.75 million square feet, 65,000 seats (expanding to 72,000 seats for the 2018 Super Bowl), seven levels including two general admission concourses and the largest transparent ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE) roof in the nation.

Lerch Bates announced in October of last year that it was selected by global architecture firm AECOM to design the complex façade access system of the temporarily named Sacramento Entertainment and Sports Complex (ESC) in Sacramento, Calif. The National Basketball Association’s Sacramento Kings will be the primary tenant of ESC although the $477 million facility also will host other sporting events, concerts, conferences, conventions and family oriented entertainment. Totaling more than 600,000 square feet, the arena would include a performance bowl with general and premium seating, spacious suites, indoor standing viewing areas and outdoor plaza with a total capacity of nearly 17,500 guests. Construction of publicly and privately financed ESC is expected to be completed in time for the 2016-17 NBA regular season.

Lerch Bates was chosen by MANICA Architecture in 2013 to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure. The $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex features a honeycomb patterned skin that will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. Completion is expected in 2017.