216 S. Jefferson St
Suite LL2
Chicago, IL 60661
(312) 332-5444

Chicago is a world class city that nearly 2.7 million people call their home. The Windy City also has a rich architectural history. The Willis Tower (formally the Sears Tower) was the world’s tallest building for nearly 25 years. In addition, the city is also home to many significant buildings such as the John Hancock Center, Wrigley Building, Tribune Tower, Chicago Board of Trade and the original Water Tower structure. Iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright spent the initial 20 years of his career in Chicago and the city and surrounding area has many structures designed by the world famous innovator.

Elevator and Escalator Design & Facade Access Consulting Services In Chicago, IL.

Elevators and escalators play a critical role in the day to day synergy a building has with its tenants and visitors. These vitally important aspects of a building’s infrastructure not only provide the convenient and effortless movement of people, but they are also designed to make very positive impressions upon their daily users. Lerch Bates has many years of experience working in the Chicago vertical transportation industry. Founded in 1947, we have provided the highest quality, consultative services to the management teams of some of the city’s greatest buildings. We have vast expertise working in nearly every type of building industry including hotel, residential, education, retail, commercial, healthcare, government, transportation, stadiums, entertainment venues and many more. Our organization is proud to offer the following elevator/escalator consultation services in Chicago.


As no two buildings are alike, neither should the design of their elevator/escalator equipment. The dedicated professionals at Lerch Bates seek to accomplish the goals of maximizing space efficiency, performance, aesthetics and long term functionality with every vertical transportation system. Our design concepts address the needs of both today and tomorrow. We specialize in the following areas of the design process.

  • Conceptual & Schematic Design
  • Design Change Evolution
  • Construction Documents
  • Bidding & Negotiation Consulting
  • Start To Finish Project Management

Operations Management

Vertical transportation systems that experience constant, heavy use must be maintained in order for them to perform as they should. In addition, safety code changes and system upgrades require strong relationships with readily available, high quality contractors. Lerch Bates can utilize our many years of experience to assist with the management of maintenance and other contractor agreements.

  • Maintenance Agreement Services
  • Contractor Oversight Services
  • Asset Management Services

Modernization Services

After many years of service, elevator and escalator systems will eventually have to be replaced. Advancements in equipment technology and design can often make the cost of maintaining out of date systems unsustainable. Removing and replacing large, vertical transportation equipment can be costly, inconvenient and extremely disruptive to building tenants and visitors. The experienced professionals at Lerch Bates can provide the necessary consultation to successfully perform each phase of the modernization project.

  • Requirements Capture & Design Services
  • Bid, Negotiation & Award Services
  • Construction Administration Services

For more information on our services in Chicago, IL, please do not hesitate to request a consultation or get in contact with one of our consultants below!

Since 1947, many clients have become our valued friends. Lerch Bates consultants are employee owners who share their expertise and innovation. Our Senior Consultants average 25 years of experience