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Lerch Bates Global Headquarters Moves To Larger Office

World’s Oldest and Largest Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Logistics
Firm Has Experienced Exceptional Growth in Recent Years

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, today moved its global headquarters from Littleton, Colo., to 9780 S. Meridian Blvd., Suite 450, Englewood, CO 80112. The firm has experienced steady growth in its personnel and number of annual projects around the world and requires additional office space for its international headquarters. Lerch Bates grew its number of employees worldwide by 42 percent and its headquarters staff by 24 percent during the past two years.

“Lerch Bates continues to strategically grow its team and consulting operations throughout the United States and around the world,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We continue to increase our market share in America, Asia, Middle East and India and the time has come to expand our global headquarters in metropolitan Denver. A larger head office will better meet the needs of our rapidly growing firm.”

Denver-area based Lerch Bates, with 35 offices worldwide, 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 Inc. announced in June 2015 that it had completed an acquisition agreement to purchase Joseph Neto & Associates, Inc. (JNA), headquartered in Midtown Manhattan, New York, New York. 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. For more information, visit josephneto.com.

Lerch Bates Inc. announced in Dec. 2014 that the firm reestablished operations in Europe with the purchase of Dewar Partnership Ltd., a London-based elevator and escalator consulting company. Dewar Partnership provides innovative technical and economical solutions to improve the operation, quality and safety of elevators and escalators throughout the United Kingdom and abroad. The firm’s team of expert consultants specializes in the vertical transportation needs of the commercial, leisure, financial, retail, education, health, transportation and aviation industries in both the public and private sectors. For more information, visit dewarpartnership.co.uk.

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.

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 Continues To Grow Staff In The United States

Carl G. Cary and Peter Wallack Join Firm as It Steadily Increases Market Share in North America

Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has once again grown its staff as the company continues to expand in the United States and around the world. Carl G. Cary has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, for the firm’s Pacific Northwest Region and Peter Wallack joins the firm as consultant, elevator consulting group, for its New England Region.

Carl G. CaryIn his new role with Lerch Bates, Cary 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.

He previously served as a Pacific Northwest district sales manager for Won-Door Corporation where he oversaw the sales and consulting functions for all of the firm’s products in Washington, Oregon, Idaho and Alaska. Cary collaborated with architecture firms regarding the added benefits of Won-Door Corporation products compared with other traditional options and provided AIA accredited presentations to firms within the Pacific Northwest region. He also compiled yearly sales forecasting based on industry trends and the projects currently scheduled with the firm and created bids based on specifications to general contractors. Cary also worked as a senior new installation sales representative for KONE and then for ThyssenKrupp Elevator. He studied at the College of Southern Nevada in Henderson, Nevada and has more than 15 years of experience promoting products and directing sales teams to increase profitability, maximize market share and expand enterprise for various organizations.

Peter WallackPeter Wallack is a 30-year veteran of the vertical transportation industry. He recently joined Lerch Bates in its Boston office as a consultant serving the New England Region. He is focused on assisting architects, building owners and developers with their transportation challenges; his work encompasses creation and development of schematic design, review of bid submissions and negotiations with equipment manufacturers and implementation of modernization and acquisition surveys.

During his 15-year career with Delta Beckwith Elevator Company (a subsidiary of Otis in the greater Boston area), Wallack served as director of operations, accessibility and new equipment sales manager. Having had experience with a broad spectrum of products and designs (including custom and OEM), he has gained an extensive knowledge of the multi-faceted elevator industry. Wallack holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and continued his graduate studies in civil engineering at Northeastern University in Boston.

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 Promotes Ron Welts To Regional Manager Of San Francisco Office

Welts Joined Firm in Late 2013 and Has Been Instrumental in Its Growth

Ron WeltsLerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has promoted industry veteran Ron Welts to regional manager of its San Francisco office. He previously served as project manager, elevator consulting group, providing vertical transportation consulting services for designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernizations throughout Northern California.

Ron quickly established himself in the vertical transportation market of Northern California after joining Lerch Bates in October 2013. He promptly demonstrated strong leadership, business development and consulting skills and substantially contributed to the growing presence of Lerch Bates in the marketplace.

“Ron has been an invaluable addition to our San Francisco based team,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Under his leadership, Lerch Bates has rapidly grown in the region and many new projects have come to fruition. I’m pleased to announce his much deserved new position with the firm and anticipate the company’s continued momentum in Northern California.”

Ron served as an elevator installation superintendent providing leadership for the installation of traction and hydraulic elevators and escalators for KONE prior to joining Lerch Bates. He also worked for Otis Elevator Company for 14 years in numerous roles including service operations manager, general manager, service supervisor and construction superintendent. He served in the United States Navy as a commissioned officer in the early 1990s.

Welts earned a Bachelor of Science in marine transportation from California Maritime Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s College of California.

Lerch Bates Names Robert Baker Business Line Manager, Logistics Consulting Group

Baker Joins International Consulting Firm with Three Decades of Industry Experience

Robert BakerLerch Bates announced respected industry veteran Robert Baker has been named business line manager, logistics consulting group. Baker is a seasoned leader with more than thirty years of experience in design consulting and engineering documentation. He joins the firm in its metropolitan Denver world headquarters.

Baker’s vast experience includes consulting on materials management, waste management and materials handling projects throughout the United States. He also has had extensive involvement with complex systems including automated transport systems, distribution centers and waste processing departments and has experience in healthcare, mixed-use and transportation projects. He previously managed a busy computer aided drafting and engineering department for a major foodservice consulting firm. Baker also has provided consulting and design services on significant materials handling projects utilizing both advanced technology and more traditional solutions. He is exceptionally proficient with both Revit and AutoCAD software.

“Robert Baker joins Lerch Bates as we continue to expand our thriving logistics consulting business,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We have experienced tremendous growth in the last few years in the logistics segment of our operations and an industry veteran with decades of industry experience is a welcomed addition to our team. Robert will be a valued asset to Lerch Bates and our diverse portfolio of clients as we strategically grow the firm.”

Baker earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland University College.

Lerch Bate To Provide Vertical Transportation, Facade Access And Materials Management Services For Boston Project

The tallest building to be built in Boston in more than 20 years is expected to break ground in the coming months. Lerch Bates is proudboston tower to announce that it has been selected by developer Carpenter & Company, Inc. to join the team designing and constructing the high-rise tower adjacent to Christian Science Plaza.  The development includes a mid-rise structure and a high-rise tower that will be the tallest building built in Boston in more than 20 years.

Lerch Bates will design the vertical transportation and façade access systems as well as perform materials management and handling services for the tower. The project at Belvidere and Dalton streets is part of a larger development plan to redesign the 14.8-acre Christian Science Plaza in the city’s Back Bay. The structure will rise 691 feet and will feature 58 floors, 712,500 square feet, a 250-room hotel, 170 condominium units, restaurants and shops. Pei Cobb Freed & Partners and Cambridge Seven Associates were chosen as collaborating architects for the project. Construction of the tower is expected to begin in early 2014 with completion in 2017.

“We are pleased that our firm will be able to showcase its three core competencies, vertical transportation, façade access and materials management and handling, during the construction of this inspiring project,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “We have designed elevator, escalator and façade access systems for some of the world’s tallest and most high profile buildings and we’re thrilled to join this project.”

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 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.

Lerch Bates Joins Team Constructing Saudi Arabia’s New Tallest Commercial Skyscraper

Capital Market Authority Tower is Focal Project of New King Abdullah Financial

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, was selected by renowned architecture firm HOK and leading architectural and engineering consultancy firm Omrania & Associates to join the team constructing the prestigious Capital Market Authority (“CMA”) tower in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Lerch Bates is providing vertical transportation, façade access and materials management expertise during the construction of the future tallest commercial tower in the Middle East. The firm is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has set the international standard for elevator consulting. The CMA tower will be served by two double-deck sky lobbies and will include 11 double deck shuttle cars, 17 twins (an elevator system equipped with two separate traction drives that allows two cars to travel on the same set of rails, one above the other), 12 escalators and 12 additional elevators including service units.

Throughout its 65-year history, Lerch Bates has built a reputation as a worldwide leader in advising on façade access and materials management/material handling. Lerch Bates has consulted on the façade access systems, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing, 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, the 1,483-foot Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and the 1,476-foot Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China.

“Lerch Bates is honored to provide the consulting of its three core competencies, vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, on the construction of Saudi Arabia’s new tallest commercial skyscraper,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “The tower will provide many firsts for the kingdom including the first building in the country to utilize a twin elevator system, the first superstructure to be LEED Gold Certified and the first to use triple-pane, utilized glazing on its façade. We are very excited to join the team constructing this new landmark in Riyadh.”

The 76-story 1,263-feet tall skyscraper will eclipse Saudi Arabia’s current tallest commercial building, the landmark 991-foot Kingdom Centre, and is expected to be complete in 2014. The CMA tower will be the focal point of the King Abdullah Financial District (“KAFD”), an unprecedented development that consists of dozens of towers and will transform the kingdom into a major hub for Middle Eastern business.  KAFD will host the headquarters of the Capital Market Authority, Tadawul, the kingdom’s stock exchange, banks, financial institutions and other service providers such as accountants, auditors, lawyers, analysts, rating agencies, consultants and IT providers.

Saudi Arabia’s Capital Marketing Authority, the government organization responsible for regulating the kingdom’s capital markets, will occupy the top three floors of the CMA tower (300,000 square feet). The 1.98-million square feet skyscraper also will house a 45-seat auditorium, dining areas and leisure facilities featuring a modern fitness center and luxurious swimming pool.

When completed, the CMA tower is expected to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (“LEED”) Gold Certified by the Green Building Council. The slim tower’s vertical transportation units will generate electricity from lift-car inertia during downward breaking. The structural transparency of the skyscraper will create internal openness and access to natural light within the floors.

To mitigate the region’s intense sunlight and heat, CMA will feature a high performance solar control system that includes an external layer of fins, gantries and perforated panels that will provide shade and amplify the thermal efficiency of the triple-pane, unitized glazing. The shading devices will minimize solar gain and internal cooling demands, reducing heating, ventilation and air conditioning (“HVAC”) requirements. The CMA tower’s internal heat gains will be minimized by eliminating copper wire-based distribution systems for data and security.

The revolutionary design will utilize wireless communications, air blown fiber optics and converged network technologies, merging voice, data and video networks to reduce costs, centralize management and boost productivity.

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Did You Know?

Our newest Lerch Bates office is located in the heart of Shanghai in the People’s Republic of China at the center of the world’s most exciting and dynamic architectural high-rise design community. This office is working on some of the most iconic and unique tall, super tall, and mega tall towers throughout Asia.

The Lerch Bates (China) Limited office provides complete design consulting services for all of our business lines—Vertical Transportation, Façade Access and Materials Management / Materials Handling— and works with some of the world’s foremost architects in Asia.

The Lerch Bates approach provides continuity of design services and project coordination with our client’s design teams in the United States, Europe, Asia, and through Local Design Institutes in China. The extensive international experience of our Shanghai consulting team results in our consultants being well versed in the code and cultural issues of each market throughout Asia Pacific. Our direct relationships with all of the China domestic Original Equipment (OEM ) manufacturers at each of the factories, as well as relationships with the engineering departments of all of the major elevator and façade access equipment suppliers, result in design solutions that directly reflect the specific equipment and capabilities available within the China domestic market as well as major European and Japanese factories.