Lerch Bates

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Lerch Bates
Employee Owned
Industry Engineering and service
Founded 1947
Headquarters Denver, USA
Services Design and management of building systems, including elevators and lifts, horizontal transportation systems, facade access systems and materials management/materials handling.
Number of employees
Website http://www.lerchbates.com

Lerch Bates is an international consulting services company [1] specializing in the design and management of building systems with 36 offices in North America, Europe, the Middle East and India. Founded in 1947, focused on elevator consulting, they work with architects, developers, building investors, owners and managers on the design, sustainability and continuous use of building systems.

Specific services offered include: planning and design (including CAD), survey and evaluation of existing systems and equipment, contracting management, development of specifications, bidding assistance and negotiation, project management and administration, testing, and training.


Some of the buildings and projects that Lerch Bates has contributed to:

Company history[edit]

In 1947, Charles W. Lerch started a company performing maintenance and repairs, C. W. Lerch Co, (widely accepted as the first independent elevator consulting company) in Chicago.[9] He later added elevator consulting as a side business. In 1964 Charles W. Lerch was joined by Vane Q. Bates and both men working full-time on elevator consulting. The firm moved to its present headquarters in Denver, Colorado that same year. In 1974 the company was incorporated as Lerch Bates & Associates and by the 1980s building boom, Lerch Bates had 15 offices in North America. In 1985 Lerch Bates Limited in London was formed and in 1990 it created the first "Performance Related" maintenance contact, which related equipment downtime and traffic performance to maintenance premiums. In 1994 Lerch Bates became an employee owned company. In 1998 Lerch Bates designed the world's fastest elevators for the then world's tallest building, the Taipei Financial Centre / Taipei 101.


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