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Lerch Bates Appoints Steve Henderson Senior Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Steve Henderson has been named senior consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm establishing a presence in New Orleans reporting to its Dallas office.

Steve will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, maintenance audits, and due diligence studies in his new role with Lerch Bates. He will also be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services, vertical transportation evaluations, and contracting documents for equipment.

“Steve is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas are very important markets for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in those regions.”

Steve brings over 20 years of industry experience serving as a Branch Manager in Colorado, Texas and Louisiana for Dover/ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company. During that time, he has proven to be a focused, results oriented leader, excelling in all facets of evaluation. The knowledge and skills honed over those two decades will serve him well in his new role and are a welcome addition to Lerch Bates Inc.

Steve received a Bachelor of Science from Southeastern Louisiana State University.

Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Selected To Join Team Redeveloping San Francisco International Airport Terminal

$2.4 Billion Project Expected to Be Completed in 2024

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, will design the complex vertical transportation systems for San Francisco International Airport’s (SFO) new Terminal 1 (T1). SFO is redeveloping T1, one of its oldest terminals, to meet the needs of modern travelers and revolutionize the guest experience.SFO T1 rendering

“Lerch Bates continues to be selected as the designer of elevator and escalator systems for prestigious landmark projects under construction around the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The redevelopment of SFOs Terminal 1 is a substantial undertaking that will affect how people fly in and out of one of the busiest airports in the United States. We’re very pleased that we were chosen to be a part of this respected design team.”
T1 was built in the early 1960s and over time has become less able to accommodate the millions of passengers that it handles each year. When fully completed in 2024, T1 will elevate SFO’s standard of providing a world-class, environmentally friendly travel experience and is expected to meet or exceed the award-winning standards of Terminal 2 and Terminal 3 Boarding Area E. T1 is anticipated, at minimum, to receive an environmental LEED© Gold certification. T1 will remain open during its redevelopment with construction expected to be completed in 2024.

SFO T1 rendering 2The $2.4 billion project includes: 

  • 24 new MRL elevators, 22 new machine room-less escalators (MRL), four new moving walks and the modernization of two Westmont speedwalks
  • Design and construction of T1’s north, south and central areas 
  • A new Boarding Area B (B/A B) with improved passenger circulation and access to its 24 gates, new passenger loading bridges and new concessions 
  • A refreshed Boarding Area C 
  • A new central area with improved spaces for passenger check-in, a consolidated security checkpoint, a re-composure area, a new common use Baggage Handling System and baggage claims and a new mezzanine with connections to the AirTrain and the Central Parking Garage.

Lerch Bates is the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics. For more than 65 years, the Denver-area based firm has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Appoints Tim Russell Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Tim Will Provide Elevator and Escalator Consulting Services Throughout Greater New York City

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Tim Russell has been named consultant, elevator consulting group. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in its Manhattan office.

Tim will provide elevator and escalator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design work, and due diligence studies in his new role with Lerch Bates. He will also be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services, vertical transportation evaluations, and contracting documents for equipment.

“Tim is a much welcomed addition to the Lerch Bates team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Metropolitan New York is a very important market for our firm and he has proven midrise and high-rise vertical transportation knowledge and experience that will support our growth in the region.”

Tim previously worked as a supervisor, project manager, and most recently, senior project manager for Schindler Elevator Corporation. His notable projects include a $36 million elevator modernization project for 902-foot Scotia Plaza, the 2015 Pan American Games Athletes’ Village in Toronto, and 844-foot Devon Energy Head Quarters in Oklahoma City. He also has served in multiple locations around the world for 13 years as a combat engineer officer for the United States Army.

Tim holds a Master of Public Administration from Webster University and a Bachelor of Engineering Technology from West Texas A&M University.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Promotes Derek Groenwoldt To Regional Manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt Joined Firm in 2012 as Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Groenwoldt_DerekLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted Derek Groenwoldt to regional manager, Chicago, Elevator Consulting Group. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as a project manager in the Chicago Regional Office. Groenwoldt joined Lerch Bates in 2012 as project manager, elevator consulting group, in Chicago.

Groenwoldt has more than 13 years of comprehensive experience with elevators and escalators and with professional services firms in the building industry. In his new role, he will report directly to Lerch Bates Vice President Eric Rupe and will oversee the office new construction, modernization and maintenance management elevator consulting functions of the Chicago office. Groenwoldt, in his previous role with Lerch Bates, supported the company’s regional operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on domestic and international new design projects.

“Derek has developed outstanding elevator design and analysis experience and has become recognized by clients and peers for his outstanding industry knowledge,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President, Northeast Area, Eric Rupe. “He’s had a prominent role in the modernization market in Chicago and has been instrumental in our firm’s extraordinary growth in the region. I’m very pleased to announce Derek’s new role with Lerch Bates and I look forward to his continued contributions to our industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Groenwoldt worked as district manager, project management, for Schindler in Chicago and the surrounding area. He managed a team of project managers and personally oversaw all of the large projects valued in excess of $2 million. He served as a project manager and account manager for the company prior to his role as district manager, project management. Groenwoldt also worked for Otis Elevator as an associate superintendent before being promoted to superintendent and then project manager, modernization. Groenwoldt earned a Bachelor of Science degree in applied science and technology with an emphasis in nuclear engineering and a MBA from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lerch Bates Promotes Jim Turner To Vice President, Modernization, Elevator Consulting Group

Turner Joined Firm in 2014 as Project Manager, Elevator Consulting Group

Jim TurnerLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted Jim Turner to vice president, modernization, Elevator Consulting Group. Turner joined Lerch Bates in 2014 as a project manager, Great Lakes Region, Elevator Consulting Group, in Chicago.

Turner has more than 24 years of comprehensive experience with elevators and escalators and with professional services firms in the building industry. In his new role, Turner will report directly to Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan and will work closely with the firm’s area vice presidents and elevator consultants to bolster its modernization consulting processes. Turner, in his previous role with Lerch Bates, supported the company’s Great Lakes Region operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on metropolitan Chicago.

“Jim is a widely respected leader in the elevator and escalator industry who has been instrumental in our firm’s exceptional growth in the Great Lakes Region,” said Stephan. “He is an esteemed member of the Lerch Bates management team and has had a prominent role with many of the firm’s most recent modernization projects in the greater Chicago area. I’m very pleased to announce Jim’s new role and look forward to his continued contributions and commitment to our firm and industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, he worked as national project developer at mechanical, electrical and plumbing industry leader KJWW. He spent the entirety of his vertical transportation career working for Montgomery Elevator Company and KONE. Following assignments in the Montgomery/KONE branch network, Turner focused the majority of his career on the development of the modernization business line. As vice president, modernization, he supported all elements of the modernization business including new product introduction, sales, engineering and installation. Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering technology from Southern Illinois University and management certification from KONE Executive Edge/London Business School.

Lerch Bates Appoints Maquel Houlihan Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation Firm with Nearly 20 Years of Industry Experience

Maquel Houlihan Lerch Bates
Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Maquel Houlihan has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Las Vegas, Nevada, office. She joins the elevator consulting firm with more than 18 years of local experience in the vertical transportation industry.

Houlihan will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services in her new role with Lerch Bates. She also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance
evaluations.

“Lerch Bates continues to expand in the Las Vegas metropolitan area as large construction projects are routinely announced and break ground,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Maquel has exceptional knowledge of the prosperous yet unpredictable vertical transportation industry in southern Nevada and her extraordinary professionalism and meticulousness will be tremendous assets to our firm. Her experience with estimating elevator maintenance agreements, repairs and modernizations will complement our outstanding local team. I’m very pleased to welcome Maquel Houlihan to Lerch Bates”

Houlihan’s career in the vertical transportation industry began 18 years ago when she held various sales positions with Otis Elevator. During her tenure with the company, she consistently ranked as a top salesperson in the firm’s Western Region and earned numerous accolades and awards. She most recently served as an existing installation sales representative for Schindler Elevator Corporation, overseeing some of the largest properties in Las Vegas including Caesars Entertainment (Bally’s, Caesars Palace, Cromwell, Flamingo, Harrah’s Las Vegas, Harrah’s Laughlin, The Linq, Paris, Planet Hollywood and Rio), World Market Center and several Howard Hughes properties. She holds an Associate of Science degree in business management and health science.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Appoints Barbara Novoa Associate, Facade Access Consulting Group

Joins Firm with Significant Understanding of Building Access and Exterior Building Systems

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced that Barbara Novoa has been named associate, façade access consulting group, in its suburban Houston, Texas, office.

Barbara NovoaNovoa is tasked with supporting the firm’s Façade Access Consulting Group by assisting with the development of façade access design solutions and drawings, layouts and custom equipment. She also will manage assigned projects to ensure the completion of multiple deadlines and milestones as well as assist in developing local
markets by marketing Lerch Bates, assisting in exhibiting the firm in regional conferences and meeting with prospective clients.

“Barbara possesses a unique level of design experience and understanding,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Her knowledge and exposure to the technical aspects of building access and exterior building systems will be exceptional assets to Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our Façade Access Consulting Group team in the United States.”

She previously served as a technical designer for globally renowned architecture firm Gensler working on large scale commercial office buildings and corporate campuses with a specialization in construction documentation, client and consultant coordination, construction administration and project close-out tasks. Novoa also assisted studio teams with setting up processes to assist with document management, team management and construction administration procedures. Additionally, she has experience working with an interior design scope by way of hospitality and commercial office buildings and has worked closely with design teams and clients to realize design intents through the construction documentation phase and beyond.

Novoa earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Design from the University of Houston. She is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), a member of the Texas Society of Architects and a LEED Green Associate with the U.S. Green Building Council.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Awarded Vertical Transportation Contract For Expansion Of Lincoln Square In Bellevue, Washington

Development will Add Upscale Retail, Dining, Lodging, Housing and Office Space to Already Vibrant Downtown

Bellevue is the fifth largest city in Washington and continues to grow by attracting new companies and residents. Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been selected by Kemper Development Company and Affiliates (KDC) to design the vertical transportation systems of its 1.5 million square feet expansion of Lincoln Square. The project includes the installation of 47 elevators and six escalators.

Lincoln Square expansionThe expansion of Lincoln Square, part of The Bellevue Collection, is one of the largest developments in the region. The project includes the construction of 400 Lincoln Square, a 31-story modern office building, and TwoLincoln Tower, a 40-story W hotel/250-unit luxury apartment homes mid-rise building. The two structures will rise over a multi-level podium featuring 177,000 square feet of shopping, entertainment and dining. Located between NE 4th and NE 6th streets on Bellevue Way, Lincoln Center currently features soaring office space, upscale residences with unequalled views and the Four-Diamond Westin Bellevue.

“The expansion of Lincoln Square is going to bring even more activity and excitement to an extraordinarily popular shopping and dining destination,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Retail has been the catalyst for growth in downtown Bellevue for nearly 70 years and this extensive project is the next milestone in the city’s evolution to regional business hub. Lerch Bates is honored to have been selected to design the elevators and escalators of such a momentous development.”

400 Lincoln Square will be an innovative 700,000-square foot Class A office tower with stunning views of Lake Washington and downtown Seattle. It will be the region’s newest premier office building when complete and will boast a contemporary lobby, rooftop gardens, large great room with a majestic fireplace, conference and collaborative center and a 2,200-car garage on six levels. The tower also will feature a multitude of retail and dining options including a chef-inspired restaurant.

W Bellevue will offer 245 spacious guestrooms, including 25 suites and an Extreme Wow Suite® (the W brand’s reinterpretation of the traditional Presidential Suite). Hotel spaces will include more than 11,400 square feet ofmeeting and event space, FIT state-of-the-art workout facility and three unique restaurants. The new contemporary boutique hotel also will feature a variety of unique experiences including the signature Bar, a library stocked with pulp fiction novels, an oversized fireplace reminiscent of traditional lodges and an outdoor terracewith porch swings and a pool table. W Bellevue is slated to open in spring 2017.

Located in the heart of Bellevue, The Bellevue Collection, owned by Kemper Development Company and Affiliates, includes Bellevue Square, a super-regional upscale shopping center, Bellevue Place, a mixed-use property that includes the Hyatt Regency Bellevue and small boutiques and Lincoln Square, anchored by the Lincoln Square Cinemark theaters, restaurants, home furnishing stores and The Westin Bellevue hotel. With a distinctive collection of 250 of the finest shops, 30 sit-down restaurants, 1,100 luxury hotel rooms and 10,000 free retail parking spaces, all in one location, The Bellevue Collection is a shopping, dining and nightlife and entertainment experience unlike any other in the region. The sprawling complex is located on Bellevue Way between NE 4th and NE 10th Streets in downtown Bellevue.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Appoints Don Blackwood Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Joins Global Firm with Nearly 44 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry 
Don BlackwoodLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Don Blackwood has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its South Central office in suburban Dallas, Texas. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than four decades of experience in the vertical transportation industry.
Blackwood will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services in his new role with Lerch Bates. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“We continue to strategically grow the Lerch Bates team throughout the country and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Don’s extraordinary industry knowledge and expertise will be an invaluable asset to our South Central office. He brings to Lerch Bates more than 43 years of extraordinary regional experience in the vertical transportation industry and I look forward to the instrumental contributions he will make to our firm.”

Blackwood previously worked for Otis Elevator Company/United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in Dallas for 43 years. He most recently served as a service manager but also worked as a service superintendent, construction superintendent and combination superintendent during his extensive career with the company.

Blackwood has been a Certified Elevator Inspector (CEI) since 1993 and has been an instructor for the National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities’ (NAESA) National Elevator Industry Educational Program (NEIEP) since 2008.

Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. 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.

Lerch Bates Promotes Ken Dietz To Regional Manager Of Los Angeles/Las Vegas

Dietz Joined International Consulting Firm as a Project Manager in 2013

Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry veteran Ken Dietz to regional manager of the Los Angeles and Las Vegas markets.

Lerch Bates opened its Las Vegas office in 2013 and named Dietz as a project manager for the region. Dietz managed vertical transportation system studies, performed vertical maintenance evaluations, designed and oversaw construction services for vertical transportation equipment and supported design and construction services for façade access and materials management handling systems. Prior to joining the employee-owned firm, he served as a vertical transportation project manager on several high profile Las Vegas projects including City Center, McCarran Airport Terminal 3 and The Linq.

“Ken has quickly established himself as one of the leading vertical transportation consultants in the American West,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He possesses exceptional integrity as well as the comprehensive industry experience and knowledge needed to be a leader with our firm. I’m very pleased to announce Ken’s new role with Lerch Bates and look forward to his support as we continue to execute our strategic initiatives.”

Dietz has nearly 16 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry including a position with Otis Elevator Company and as a project manager for various modernization and construction projects in Los Angeles and Las Vegas. Dietz earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Norwich University in Vermont and a Juris Doctor from Western New England University.