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Proudly Celebrating 75 Years of Excellence Within the Built Industry

Our Story Reflects Entrepreneurial Spirit and Vision

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.

“We’re built upon a rich legacy of integrity and technical leadership.”

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

We Are Always
Making History

1947

Charles Lerch

Charles Lerch starts an elevator maintenance and repair business in Chicago. He adds elevator consulting in response to client requests.

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1964

Quentin Bates

Quentin Bates joins C. W. Lerch Co. and both men commit to full time elevator consulting. They move the new firm to Denver.

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1974

Lerch Bates

The company is incorporated as Lerch Bates & Associates.

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1980's

New specialties

Lerch Bates grows to multiple offices and adds logistics and facade access consulting to its service line.

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1986

Employee ownership

Lerch Bates is certified as an ESOP and becomes employee-owned.

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2010's

Multidisciplinary

Lerch Bates acquires Pie Global and Axis to provide comprehensive services in enclosures and structures and facade design.

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2022

75 Years

Lerch Bates celebrates 75 years of technical excellence and launches new multidisciplinary services.

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