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Lerch Bates Promotes Lance McMasters To Business Line Manager, Facade Access

McMasters Joined Firm in 2006 and Has Worked on Landmark Projects around the World

Lance McMastersLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted Lance McMasters to business line manager, façade access consulting group. He previously served for as a district manager, façade access consulting group, providing façade access analysis and design.

McMasters will provide daily leadership in achieving efficient and professional delivery of façade access services including façade access maintenance evaluations and the design and construction of façade access equipment. He also will recruit, hire, train, develop and appraise the management and technical consulting staff of the the firm. Additionally, McMasters will ensure that highly motivated and technically trained personnel are in appropriate markets to meet strategic goals and objectives. He will continue to work out of Lerch Bates’ San Francisco, Calif., office.

“Lance McMasters is a greatly valued member of our management team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “He has made exceptional contributions to Lerch Bates during his previous seven years with the firm and I’m pleased to announce his new role. We look forward to the exciting impact he make on our company and with our esteemed clients.”

McMasters has worked on many prestigious high-rise projects including the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2,086-foot Wuhan Greenland Center in Wuhan, China and the 1,263-foot Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

He serves as a co-chair for Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat’s (CTBUH) Working Group, Façade Access, and on the ASME A120.1 code committee for “Safety Requirements for Powered Platforms and Traveling Ladders and Gantries for Building Maintenance.” He also is an active member in the Scaffold and Access Industry Association (SIA), Construction Specification Institute (CSI), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the International Window Cleaners Association (IWCA).

McMasters earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from California State University, Chico, in Chico, Calif.

Lerch Bates To Provide Maintenance Management Services For Retailer Forever 21

Three-Year Contract Includes 144 Stores in the United States and Puerto Rico

Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Forever 21 has selected Lerch Bates to provide elevator and escalator management services for 144 stores located throughout the United States and Puerto Rico.

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has designed a custom maintenance management program for Forever 21 that includes 168 elevators and 238 escalators. The three-year contract includes the evaluation of all service contracts with elevator and escalator repair companies, managing the rebidding process for new service contracts, selecting new elevator and escalator service providers and reviewing all service invoices to ensure accuracy. Lerch Bates also will perform on-site surveys and equipment analysis, maintenance audits of the systems, compilation of statistical analysis reports, reviews of maintenance findings and development strategies for the systems.

“Lerch Bates has seen remarkable growth recently with the demand for elevator and escalator management services,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Forever 21 is a rapidly expanding international brand and we are eager to begin consulting for yet another thriving global company.”

Lerch Bates announced in March that it had been selected by Hilton Worldwide, Inc. to provide elevator and escalator maintenance management services for the company’s Hilton portfolio in the United States. The firm designed a custom maintenance management program to support and improve the ongoing maintenance and repair of Hilton’s elevators and escalators. The Hilton owned, managed and franchised properties participating in the program exceeds 4,300 elevators and escalators in more than 1,400 hotels across the country.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has consulted on the elevator and escalator systems of many of the world’s tallest buildings. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world 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.

Forever 21, Inc., headquartered in Los Angeles, is a specialty retailer of women’s and men’s clothing and accessories, known for offering the hottest and most current fashion trends at a great value to consumers. Forever 21’s model of fast fashion works by keeping the store exciting with fresh merchandise offerings brought in -more- Lerch Bates/Forever 21 Page 2 daily. The retailer operates over 450 stores in the United States with international operations in Bahrain, Canada, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Korea, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand, and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi).

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.

Lerch Bates Selected to Join Team Constructing VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia

Multipurpose Complex is One of the Largest Projects in Russian Federation

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected by MANICA Architecture to provide vertical transportation and façade access consulting services for the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena in Moscow, Russia. The massive project will include the construction of a stadium and an indoor arena within a single building enclosure.

VTB Stadium and Arena, one of the largest projects currently being developed in the Russian Federation, features the redevelopment of historic Dynamo Stadium and the surrounding park. The exterior façade of the old stadium will be incorporated into the construction of the $700 to $750 million sports and entertainment complex. A honeycomb patterned skin will envelop the 27,000-seat soccer stadium, featuring an oculus over the playing field, and the 11,500-seat multipurpose arena. The groundbreaking design of the two ultramodern sports facilities will allow them to operate independently as well as simultaneously and is expected to be a catalyst for all sports in Russia.

VTB Stadium and Arena will be the home of Football Club Dynamo Moscow when it is expected to open in 2017. Founded in 1923 and the oldest soccer team in Russia, FC Dynamo Moscow currently plays in the Russian Premier League. The VTB Stadium and Arena development also will feature the construction of other structures on its grounds including a world-class sports academy, professional and amateur training facilities, apartments, office space and a luxury hotel.

“VTB Stadium and Arena will have a tremendous impact on how sports and entertainment venues will be designed and constructed,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “The innovative venue, while honoring the past, will be the keystone for the future development of sports in the Russian Federation and Lerch Bates is privileged to be a part of such a significant project.”

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has built a reputation as the premier designer of façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance. The firm has consulted on the elevator and façade access systems 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.

Dynamo Stadium, opened in 1928 and the home of FC Dynamo Moscow until it closed in 2008, was designed by architects Aleksandr Langman and Leonid Cherikover and constructed at Petrovsky Park in Moscow. The site has a rich history dating back to the 1770s when Catherine the Great ordered the construction of Petrovsky Palace so it could serve as the final overnight stop for nobles traveling from St. Petersburg to Moscow. VTB Stadium and Area will preserve the perimeter façade of Dynamo Stadium as the two new sports facilities will be constructed within the ring of the historic building. The existing park surrounding Dynamo Stadium will be preserved as public green space.

David Manica of MANICA Architecture is supervising the construction of VTB Stadium and Arena. The firm’s current and recent projects include Lusail Iconic Stadium (FIFA World Cup 2022, Doha, Qatar), Guangzhou International Arena and Entertainment District (Guangzhou, China), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), as well as design consulting for the National Basketball Association (NBA) and Inter Milan Football Club (Milan, Italy). Prior to establishing his own design studio, Manica worked for thirteen years as a senior project designer at HOK Sport Venue Event, renamed Populous, where he was responsible for leading the design of over $5 billion in construction worldwide.  His arena and stadium design experience includes lead design positions on some of the largest and most recognized facilities in the world including Toyota Center, Reliant Stadium, O2 Arena London, Beijing Olympic Arena and the new Wembley Stadium in London, England.

VTB Stadium and Arena will be jointly owned by FC Dynamo Moscow and VTB Bank, one of the leading universal banks in the Russian Federation and the majority stakeholder of the team.