When Charles Lerch and Quentin Bates created the first independent elevator consulting firm 75 years ago, they didn’t anticipate 2,717 ft high towers in Dubai or traveling at 10m/s. But they were clear that dynamic changes in building technology and construction would be constant. And that building insight and guidance from trusted technical experts would be critical well into the future.
Today, our offices and capabilities around the world bring industry-leading expertise and technology to a far wider range of challenges. But our commitment to leadership remains constant.
For more than 75 years, a culture of partnership, technical expertise, and responsive service has defined our firm. We are proud of the way that our founders’ integrity and optimism shapes who we are today.
Bart Stephan, CEO
Charles Lerch starts an elevator maintenance and repair business in Chicago. He adds elevator consulting in response to client requests.
Quentin Bates joins C. W. Lerch Co. and both men commit to full time elevator consulting. They move the new firm to Denver.
The company is incorporated as Lerch Bates & Associates.
Lerch Bates grows to multiple offices and adds logistics and facade access consulting to its service line.
Lerch Bates is certified as an ESOP and becomes employee-owned.
Lerch Bates acquires Pie Global and Axis to provide comprehensive services in enclosures and structures and facade design.
Lerch Bates celebrates 75 years of technical excellence and launches new multidisciplinary services.