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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 Modernize Elevators In San Francisco High-Rise

38-Story One Montgomery Tower Features 684,959 Square Feet of Class A Office Space

Downtown San Francisco is undergoing a dramatic transformation as new high-rise towers are currently under construction and many existing towers are being renovated. Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevators inside One Montgomery Tower in San Francisco’s Financial District.

Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has modernized elevator and escalator systems around the globe. One Montgomery Tower currently utilizes the 23 original Westinghouse elevators that were installed in the early ’80s. The vertical transportation systems were last renovated in 2001, including the installation of a destination based dispatch system.

“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as a leader in the vertical transportation consulting industry,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “One Montgomery Tower is our firm’s latest high-profile elevator modernization project in a landmark building. Modern elevator systems that feature exceptional efficiency and the latest in design will become the latest asset for one of San Francisco’s most prestigious office buildings.”

Pacific Telesis Tower - 1 Montgomery Street, San FranciscoOne Montgomery Tower, part of the Post Montgomery Center complex in the city’s Golden Triangle district, was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and is constructed of structural steel columns sheathed in highly polished sunset red granite panels complemented by gray tempered glass. The first and second floor levels of the high-rise are clad with stainless steel and black granite panels. The 500-foot 38-story Class A trophy office tower, completed it 1982, includes 684,959 square feet of premier office space and is certified LEED-EB Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Post Montgomery Center is an impressive mixed-use structure with almost one million gross square feet of office and retail space. The complex consists of One Montgomery Tower and Crocker Galleria, a retail destination featuring a diverse collection of shops and specialty retailers. A San Francisco landmark since opening in 1982, Crocker Galleria boasts a spectacular glass pavilion soaring above three levels of service stores, unique boutiques and a broad selection of restaurants. A farmers’ market visited by thousands of visitors a year is held every Thursday.

Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel and Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The storied Drake Hotel was constructed in 1920 and features 535 guestrooms including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in the Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, is a remarkable fusion of Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture and was the largest hotel west of Chicago upon its completion. The property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969, deeming it worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. The unique interior of the hotel features brilliant frescos and murals, hand-carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and vibrant embroidered tapestries and draperies. Millennium Biltmore Hotel features 683 guestrooms, down from its original 1,500 due to room reorganization, and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

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 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 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 to Modernize Vertical Transportation Systems of Famed Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Downtown Los Angeles

Grand Hotel Has Hosted Presidents, Celebrities and Dignitaries for More than 90 Years

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected to modernize the nine elevators in the iconic Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. Designed by architectural firm Schultze & Weaver, the property has exemplified extraordinary grandeur since it opened in 1923.

Millennium Biltmore Los AngelesFounded 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 hotel’s nine elevators are being significantly updated with new AC gearless machines, modern controllers and advanced regenerative drives. The cutting-edge equipment is expected to dramatically reduce the energy use of the current elevator systems and may allow for energy to be returned to the power grid. New car and hall fixtures that match the existing architecture of the hotel will be utilized to maintain the existing aesthetics of the property. The project is scheduled to be completed in mid-2015.

“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as one of the premier vertical transportation consulting firms in the world,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is one of the most famous and cherished hotels in the country and we’re thrilled to have been selected to modernize the elevator systems of such an esteemed property. Modern vertical transportation systems that showcase the latest in efficiencies and design will complement the hotel’s contemporary luxury and historical architecture.”

Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, is a remarkable fusion of Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture and was the largest hotel west of Chicago upon its completion. The property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969, deeming it worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. The unique interior of the hotel features brilliant frescos and murals, hand-carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and vibrant embroidered tapestries and draperies. Millennium Biltmore Hotel features 683 guestrooms, down from its original 1,500 due to room reorganization, and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.

Nine United States presidents and numerous dignitaries have visited Millennium Biltmore Hotel. During its 91-year history the property has accommodated countless momentous events including nine Academy Award ceremonies for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and John F. Kennedy’s acceptance speech as the presidential nominee during the 1960 Democratic National Convention. Scenes from many memorable movies including Bachelor Party, Beverly Hills Cop, Ghostbusters, Ocean’s 11, Splash and Wedding Crashers were shot on location throughout the property.

Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel. The storied property was constructed in 1920 and features 535 guestrooms including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in The Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.

Hilton Worldwide, Inc., selected Lerch Bates last year 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.

Lerch Bates announced in July 2013 that it was chosen to work on another high profile downtown Los Angeles project. The firm is designing the modern façade access system for Wilshire Grand, a high-rise tower being developed by Korean Air Lines Co. that will be the tallest building west of Chicago when it is completed in 2017. The $1 billion 73-story glass-clad tower is currently being constructed in the city’s financial district and just blocks from the bourgeoning entertainment district that is 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 Jim Turner Project Manager, Great Lakes Region

Industry Veteran Has More Than 22 Years of Experience in Vertical Transportation Industry

Jim TurnerLerch Bates announced that vertical transportation industry leader Jim Turner has been named project manager, elevator consulting group, in its Great Lakes area office. Turner joins the world’s oldest and largest consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and building logistics armed with more than 22 years of comprehensive experience in the elevator and escalator industry and with professional services firms in the building industry.

Turner is tasked with supporting the Great Lakes Region’s operations by providing vertical transportation consulting services for new installation designs, maintenance, due diligence and modernization projects with a particular focus on the greater Chicago area.

“Our project manager team continues to grow with the brightest and most talented professionals in the industry,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “Jim is a respected and renowned leader in vertical transportation and I’m delighted that he has joined our Great Lakes Region. He’s the perfect fit for Lerch Bates as our firm continues to expand in the Chicago metropolitan area.”

Turner most recently served 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 Dana Crawford Senior Project Manager, Strategic Accounts

Crawford Oversees Projects and Business Relationships with Strategically Assigned Accounts

CrawfordDanaLerch Bates announced Dana Crawford has joined the international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management as senior project manager, strategic accounts group. Crawford is an accomplished leader with more than 20 years of experience in sales management, staff leadership and strategic business planning.

Crawford oversees strategic account relationships as well as develops new strategic account clients in her new role with Lerch Bates. She has been in the elevator industry for 16 years and served as a sales manager and executive account manager at Otis Elevator Company for 13 years in the greater Los Angeles market. She designed tactical programs and initiatives to grow all facets of the company’s service business including repairs, modernizations, retention and acquiring new business. She also spent time working with KONE and Arizona Elevator Company giving her broad knowledge in the elevator industry.

“Dana Crawford is a seasoned veteran with remarkable experience with sales and account management,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “She brings a strong background in leadership and coaching which will be a great asset to her success. We are pleased that she has joined our talented team of project managers.”

Crawford earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from New Mexico State University and a Master of Business Administration degree from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management. She also is a certified Co-Active Coach® from Coaches Training Institute (CTI) and a Master Graduate of Rapport Leadership International.