Columbia, SC

Known as the “Soda City” because of an age-old abbreviation for the city known as “Cola,” Columbia, SC is the state’s capital city and the county seat of Richland County. As the second largest city in the state, over 832,000 people reside in Columbia’s metropolitan area, including students who attend the University of South Carolina. The architectural landscape of Columbia is unique, indicative of the rich history of the city itself. The South Carolina Governor’s Mansion in Arsenal Hill is a Federal Style residence with British Colonial influence, built in 1855. Charleston is also home to renowned architect Robert Mills, who is best known for designing the original Washington Monument in Baltimore, MD and the better-known structure in Washington D.C. The Robert Mills Historic House in Columbia is a landmark, constructed with Federal, English Regency and French Empire designs. Expansive modern architecture also adorns the downtown city skyline. Capitol Center is a 26-story skyscraper and over 349 feet tall. Other architectural giants in Columbia include the Hub at Columbia, Bank of America Plaza and Tower at 1301 Gervais.

Elevator and Escalator Design & Facade Access Consulting Services In Columbia, SC.

Vertical transportation systems are critical pieces of infrastructure that tenants and visitors of buildings rely on every day. The experts at Lerch Bates are Columbia, SC elevator and escalator consultants with decades of experience and an extensive knowledge of the industry. Since 1947, our team has provided services to clients with buildings large and small. We ensure that the highest level of professional standards are followed on every project. It is our goal to provide a quality service to all of our valued clients throughout every process including design, engineering, maintenance and inspection.

Lerch Bates are also professional façade access and design consultants with the knowledge to assist with any task. Our team has developed solutions for a wide variety of industries, including buildings for organizations in healthcare, transportation, government, commercial, retail, hotel, casinos, athletics and residential development. Learn more about the consulting services we provide.


From durability to space efficiency, visual appeal and maximum performance, Lerch Bates assists with custom-tailored designs for every vertical transportation and façade access project. Our mission as expert elevator, escalator and façade access design consultants is to provide a high level of knowledge in each of these areas of the design process:

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

Operations Management

Even the best vertical transportation systems require proactive maintenance to continue to operate efficiently.

It’s important for operations management staff to maintain relationships with dependable contractors in order to achieve this goal. Lerch Bates is a trusted consultant who helps clients make connections to receive quality elevator and escalator maintenance in Columbia, SC. Using our industry-leading experience, we can assist you with obtaining several types of repair contracts:

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

Modernization Services

After years of wear or unavailability of parts, elevator and escalator systems will require replacement. As vertical transportation systems age, it also becomes more difficult to find necessary replacement parts. At Lerch Bates, we utilize our expertise to make the modernization process seamless. We provide an extensive selection of process management solutions for our clients:

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

Premier Columbia, SC Elevator, Escalator and Façade Access Design Company

As experienced elevator, escalator and façade access design consultants, Lerch Bates looks forward to providing the highest level of professional services for your project. We have helped building management teams and owners around the Columbia area to install, maintain and upgrade vertical transportation systems for decades. Through design, operations management and modernization processes, we have the experience to help clients meets their needs. Find out more about the services we offer and request a consultation. Contact us today to get started.

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