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Lerch Bates Names Doug Huebner Regional Manager, Arizona and New Mexico

Joins Global Firm with 19 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Doug HuebnerLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Doug Huebner has been named regional manager of the company’s Arizona and New Mexico region. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with nearly two decades of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role with Lerch Bates, Huebner will provide regional vertical transportation analysis and design. He will conduct and manage vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services as well as design contract documents for vertical transportation equipment, perform vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and execute due diligence studies.

“Doug joins Lerch Bates with exceptional and very valuable regional experience in the vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Our firm has experienced consistent strategic growth in metropolitan Phoenix and in the states of Arizona and New Mexico and his appointment is a much welcomed addition to the world’s oldest and largest vertical transportation company.”

Huebner previously served as a strategic account executive and as a general manager for vertical transportation manufacturer Otis Elevator Company and as a branch manager for KONE. Notable projects with which he has worked include Chase Tower Chicago, Intel’s national facilities and metropolitan Phoenix’s Renaissance Square, Viad Tower, Casino Arizona and The Phoenician Resort. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is a member of Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).

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 Names Jacob Erwin Regional Manager, South Central Region Of Mountain Area

Erwin Joins Firm as It Continues to Grow its United States-based Staff
Jacob ErwinLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Jacob Erwin has been named regional manager, south central region of mountain area, in its Dallas office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with exceptional experience in the vertical transportation industry.
In his new role with Lerch Bates, Erwin will provide regional vertical transportation analysis and design. He will conduct and manage vertical transportation system studies, complete administration of design and construction services as well as design contract documents for vertical transportation equipment, perform vertical transportation maintenance evaluations and execute due diligence studies.

“Jacob joins Lerch Bates with outstanding and valuable experience in the vertical transportation industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has a proven record of exceeding all management, performance and sales goals and is a much welcomed addition to our team. Jacob will be an asset as we continue to grow the firm’s presence in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.”

Erwin previously served as sales manager and then branch manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Corporation in Denver. He began his career with the firm as a service and repair sales representative at its Dallas office. Erwin also served as a service and modernization sales manager at Fujitec America. Notable projects with which he has worked at both firms include MGM Grand and Monte Carlo in Las Vegas, Nevada, Denver International Airport and The Westin Denver Downtown hotel, Dominion Plaza, 1801 California Street (CenturyLink Tower) and 410 17th Street in Denver. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in history and a Master of Science degree in educational leadership from the University of Oregon.

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 David Witt Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

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

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced David Witt has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Toronto office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 10 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

David WittIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Witt will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.

“It’s an exciting time at Lerch Bates as we grow our presence in the greater Toronto area and around the globe,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “David has exceptional knowledge of the vertical transportation industry in Ontario and valuable engineering management experience within the materials handling industry. He joins Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our market share in the region and we welcome him to our team.”

Witt previously served as a review engineer for the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) for Elevating devices in Ontario, Canada. As a review engineer, he was responsible for the safety reviews of many projects involving the introduction of new technology from all major elevator manufacturers. Witt also was part of a team that developed a risk based inspection system for elevator equipment and is one of the named inventors in a patent application (20130253975). He also worked as operations manager at Bramalea Elevator. Witt is the Chair of the ASME A17.1 Dumbwaiter and ATD committee and also sits on the ASME A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees.

Witt is a member of NAESA International (National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities) and has been a Certified Elevator Inspector, C-4499, since 2009. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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 (China) Limited Expands Staff in Shanghai

Zhao, Qiu and Jiang Join Firm as It Increases Market Share in the Region

Lerch Bates (China) Limited, a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise (WFOE) in Shanghai, China, continues to increase its staff as the firm experiences rapid growth in the region. Stanley Zhao has been named project consultant, elevator consulting group, Tian Qiu has joined the firm as office manager and Wenting Jiang is the firm’s new project administration assistant. Lerch Bates (China) Limited has hired eight additional staff members since March 2014.

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, opened its first office in the Asia Pacific region in mid-2012 with Lerch Bates (China) Limited in Shanghai. The firm announced in June 2014 that Keenan Potter was promoted to managing director of Lerch Bates Asia Pacific Limited, Hong Kong and Lerch Bates (China) Limited. Potter began his new role of managing the Lerch Bates’ growing presence in Asia with more than 20 years of specialized expertise in the façade access industry and extraordinary knowledge of the diverse region. He previously served as general manager of Lerch Bates (China) Limited and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese.

Stanley ZhaoStanley Zhao is the latest project consultant, elevator group, to join the Lerch Bates subsidiary. Zhao manages vertical transportation analysis, design and project management and is responsible for domestic high-rise construction project sales support, high-rise project traffic solution consulting and facilitating the high-rise bidding process. He previously served as a high-rise project sales and support supervisor for ThyssenKrupp Elevator Company (China) in Shanghai where he provided technical support for high-rise project sales, project vertical and horizontal traffic design solutions and the project tendering process. Notable projects on which he has worked include 81-story Dalian Eton Center in Dalian, Huabang World Trade City in Hefei, China Bohai Bank headquarters in Tianjin and Beijing Olympic Park Observation Tower in Beijing. Zhao earned a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and automation from Tongji University in Shanghai.

Tian Qiu joins Lerch Bates (China) Limited as office manager, responsible for project support and office administration. She assists with project proposal preparation, internal and external coordination, project contract administration and billing and payment related issues. Qiu also is responsible for company credit control, employment assistance and office administration. Her notable project experience includes Rui Hong Xin Cheng in Shanghai, Future Ark and International Financial Centre in Guiyang and Qingdao Haitian Centre in Qingdao. Qiu is a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K.) and is a graduate of the University of Essex and Qingdao Technological University.

Wenting Jiang recently worked for Aedas, employing more than 1,500 architects, urban planners, landscape designers and interior designers in China, as a project secretary. She supported the firm’s design team and managed materials communications including project design briefs, project positioning reports and local design codes. She also was responsible for project forms and filing and travel arrangements for the design team. Wenting also worked for Chuang Heng Interior Space Design Engineering Co. Ltd, also in Shanghai as assistant to the general manager.

Lerch Bates Appoints Heath Hayes Consultant, Elevator Consulting Group

Firm Continues to Grow Its Team of Skilled Vertical Transportation Consultants in Region
Heath HayesLerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced Heath Hayes has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Columbus, Ohio, office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 8 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.

In his new role, Hayes will provide insightful solutions to meet the needs and expectations of Lerch Bates clients. He will be responsible for developing relationships with potential clients and managing the project cycle from request for proposal or inspection, writing of reports and proposals and ensuring timely completion of projects to billing for payment of services. He also will work collaboratively with other Lerch Bates consultants and support services to ensure premier customer service to the firm’s diverse portfolio of clients. A second-generation vertical transportation industry professional, Hayes possesses expert level industry knowledge through experience, research and writing.

“Heath is an exceptional addition to our team of experienced consultants as Lerch Bates continues to grow and increase its market share around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has exceptional local vertical transportation industry knowledge and valuable regional experience and he’s a much welcomed member of the Lerch Bates team.”

Hayes previously served as a modernization sales representative as well as an account manager for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He was responsible for growing the modernization segment of the company and managed projects from the sales process to completion. Hayes was successful in increasing ThyssenKrupp Elevator’s modernization market share in the region and building meaningful relationships with potential customers, general contractors, architects and other elevator consultants. His project management responsibilities included communicating with subcontractors and vendors and performing duties as the prime contractor on numerous complex projects.

Hayes earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio, where he graduated with honors. He also is a certified LEED Green Associate by 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 Promotes Steven Frame To Regional Manager Of Orange County And San Diego

Frame Joined Firm in 2014 and Has Been Instrumental in Firm’s Rapid Growth

Steven FrameLerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has promoted industry veteran Steven Frame to regional manager of the Orange County and San Diego markets.

Frame joined Lerch Bates in February 2014 and served as project manager, elevator consulting group, in the firm’s Lake Forest office in Orange County, Calif. As a project manager, he managed vertical transportation consulting services for design, inspection, maintenance, due diligence and modernization throughout Southern California. He is now tasked with growing Lerch Bates’ market share in Orange County and greater San Diego and managing the firm’s diverse projects.

“Steven has established himself as one of Southern California’s most knowledgeable and trusted vertical transportation consultants,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has been a vital member of our team by securing new projects and providing exceptional customer services to our clients. I’m pleased to announce his new and expanded role with Lerch Bates.”

Frame worked in project management and superintendent roles for Otis Elevator Company and as an elevator and escalator project manager and field superintendent for Mitsubishi Electric prior to joining Lerch Bates. He worked on the vertical transportation systems of many landmark buildings including the four-star Omni San Diego Hotel, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers throughout Southern California, CNN Building in Los Angeles and the newly renovated Los Angeles County Hall of Justice.

Installation Of Elevator And Escalator Systems At DIA Near Completion

Denver International Airport is Currently Undergoing a $544 Million Expansion Project

Denver International Airport (DIA), the nation’s fifth busiest airport with more than 53 million passengers traveling through the facility annually, is currently constructing a new hotel and transit center that will enhance the customer experience and provide for new business opportunities. Lerch Bates announced today that installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is nearing completion. The Westin Denver International Airport portion of the project is scheduled to open on Nov. 19.

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced in February 2013 that it had been selected to design the elevator, escalator and façade access systems of the expansion. A focal point of Lerch Bates’ vertical transportation design for the expansion project is three colossal five-story escalators that connect the transit center on level 1 with the public plaza on level five. Paris-based light artist Yann Kersalé was selected to provide a lighting design for the train and level five canopies and a unique video-based art installation directly above the 60-foot escalators. Passengers will witness slow moving images projected onto a faceted rock-like structure fabricated from aluminum. The structure will be 23 feet wide, 36 feet tall and will cover 1,100 square feet. Kersalé is internationally acclaimed and titled the work “L’eau dans tous ses êtats” or “Water in all of its states.”

Yann Kersale rendering“DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is an extraordinary expansion project that will help ensure DIA remains a competitive leading global airport,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Lerch Bates has designed the vertical transportation and façade access systems for hundreds of landmark structures in dozens of countries and we are honored to be part of such a magnificent and expansive project.”

The Hotel and Transit Center Program consists of three physically integrated projects including the construction of a 519-room Westin hotel, Regional Transportation District (RTD) commuter rail and bus transit center that is expected to serve more than 18,00 rail passengers daily and a vast public plaza that will feature entertainment, art exhibits, restaurants and more. The 22.8-mile Regional Transportation District (RTD) East Rail Line, currently under construction, will connect the new commuter rail station with downtown Denver. Construction of DIA’s massive expansion project began in the fall of 2011 with the Westin hotel and public plaza slated for completion later this year and commuter rail service beginning in 2016.

The public art for the new hotel and transit center is approximately $5 million for interior and exterior projects. Denver’s Public Art Ordinance directs one percent of construction costs for public facilities over $1 million be set aside for artwork to be integrated into each project.

Global design firm Gensler serves as the designer for the Westin hotel and conference center, architect of the Public Transit Center and public plaza and master planner for the entire Hotel and Transit Center Program. Anderson Mason Dale is the Architect of Record for the Public Transit Center.

DIA escalatorsLerch 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.

The Hotel and Transit Center Program will complete the original vision for the airport and is the first investment in DIA’s Airport City initiative. Denver International Airport is the 15th-busiest airport in the world and the fifth busiest airport in the United States. With more than 53 million passengers traveling through the airport each year, DIA is one of the busiest airline hubs in the world’s largest aviation market. DIA is the primary economic engine for the state of Colorado, generating more than $26 billion for the region annually. Animation of the Hotel and Transit Center can be found on Denver International Airport’s YouTube channel.

Lerch Bates Acquires Joseph Neto & Associates Of New York City

lb520x_020915_Logo Options_v2Lerch Bates Inc., headquartered in Littleton, Colo., announced it has completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. This merger expands upon Lerch Bates’ global leadership in consulting services for the building industry. Both entities are well known as specialized experts in elevator and escalator consulting and the combined resources of the two firms strengthen their positions in the tremendous New York market.

“The addition of JNA to our presence in New York is extremely beneficial because of the quality reputation and excellent relationships the firm has developed over decades in New York City,” said Lerch Bates CEO and President Bart Stephan. “JNA has superior depth of technical resources and experienced personnel active in elevator and escalator new design, modernization, service and inspection businesses. We look forward to the future, leveraging the combined resources of Lerch Bates and Neto serving the elevator consulting needs of clients throughout New York.”

Joseph Neto & Associates President Joe Neto expressed, “This new combined entity is beneficial for all employees and enables us to offer unequaled technical expertise to all of our clients and prospective clients in New York. We believe this opportunity will enable us to serve architects, building owners and managers well beyond what has been available in the market previously. This partnership with Lerch Bates expands our ability to serve our clients not just domestically, but globally through offices in key international locations.”

As a 100% employee-owned company, Lerch Bates serves the building industry with a unique employee ownership dedication to its clients in thirty locations throughout the United States. The JNA acquisition will expand the employee base of talented individuals in the greater New York market. The companies have worked closely together leading up to the acquisition developing an integration plan to communicate to clients and prospects the combined expertise, knowledge base and geographic coverage that can be leveraged globally. The new entity will operate as Joseph Neto & Associates, a Lerch Bates Company, for an interim period of time.

ABOUT JOSEPH NETO & ASSOCIATES, INC.
Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has been in business for over 28 years. Slow and steady growth, primarily through repeat business and word of mouth from satisfied customers, has allowed JNA to provide the personal service and technical expertise that our valued customers have grown to depend on. What started out as a “Mom & Pop” New York based elevator inspection agency has developed into a comprehensive vertical transportation consulting firm, providing design, project management and consulting services for new and existing buildings as well as maintenance management, inspections and testing services for existing buildings.

Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. has become one of the largest vertical transportation consulting firms in the New York City metropolitan area, working with some of the most prestigious architects, developers, property owners and property management companies throughout New York, Washington D.C./ Northern Virginia and Boston.

Lerch Bates Joins Team Designing Landmark Project In Los Angeles

$1 Billion Oceanwide Plaza Will Add Three High-Rises to the City of Angels Skyline 

Downtown Los Angeles is currently undergoing an extraordinary revival as new significant construction projects continue to revitalize the area. Lerch Bates has been awarded coveted contracts by architecture firm RTKL to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems (and waste management) for Oceanwide Plaza (formerly known as Fig Central). A groundbreaking ceremony for the retail, residential and hotel mixed-use project was held on March 19.

Oceanwide Plaza renderingOceanwide Plaza is a $1 billion development that will alter the Los Angeles skyline with a collection of three highrise towers, adjacent to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The 4.6-acre project will feature a 183-room hotel, 504 luxury condominiums, and 166,000 square feet of commercial space. The 49-story north tower will rise 677 feet and will include a five-star hotel, 164 condos, hotel ballrooms, nightclub, premium fitness center, celebrity chef restaurant and an opulent spa. The development’s 530-feet south towers will each be 40 stories and will include 170 condominiums in each highrise. The buildings will sit on a seven-story podium that will feature an upscale shopping center, restaurants and an elevated private park with greenery and a playground. The project is envisioned as an extension of L.A. Live and will add abundant retail to an area of the city’s downtown that is currently dominated by event venues and restaurants. Oceanwide Plaza is being developed by Oceanwide Plaza LLC, a subsidiary of Beijing-based Oceanwide Holdings Group and is located at the corner of Figueroa and 11th Street in downtown Los Angeles. RTKL designed the project and construction is underway with a completion date expected in 2018.

“Oceanwide Plaza will transform the already evolving downtown district of Los Angeles into a more dense and walkable area,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “The sleek and contemporary towers that make up the project will be a welcomed addition to the city’s skyline. Lerch Bates is eager to begin working on this large-scale development as it will greatly advance the dynamic urbanization of the city’s downtown.”

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. The company 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.

Lerch Bates is currently working on other high profile construction projects in downtown Los Angeles including designing the modern façade access system for Wilshire Grand, a high-rise tower being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. The high-rise will be the tallest building west of Chicago when it is expected to be completed in 2017. The $1 billion 73-story glass-clad tower is currently being constructed in the city’s financial district and is just blocks from the bourgeoning entertainment district anchored by the Staples Center and L.A. Live. The tower will include a four-star hotel as well as 400,000 square feet of office, 45,100 square feet of retail space and a soaring spire that will raise the total height of the skyscraper to 1,100 square feet, rising 82 feet higher than the city’s 1,018-feet U.S. Bank Tower.

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.