Downtown San Francisco is undergoing a dramatic transformation as new high-rise towers are currently under construction and many existing towers are being renovated. Lerch Bates, the world’s oldest and largest international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevators inside One Montgomery Tower in San Francisco’s Financial District.
Founded in 1947, Lerch Bates is the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world and has modernized elevator and escalator systems around the globe. One Montgomery Tower currently utilizes the 23 original Westinghouse elevators that were installed in the early ’80s. The vertical transportation systems were last renovated in 2001, including the installation of a destination based dispatch system.
“Lerch Bates continues to gain momentum as a leader in the vertical transportation consulting industry,” said Lerch Bates Area Vice President – West Jeff Marsh. “One Montgomery Tower is our firm’s latest high-profile elevator modernization project in a landmark building. Modern elevator systems that feature exceptional efficiency and the latest in design will become the latest asset for one of San Francisco’s most prestigious office buildings.”
One Montgomery Tower, part of the Post Montgomery Center complex in the city’s Golden Triangle district, was designed by Skidmore, Owings and Merrill and is constructed of structural steel columns sheathed in highlypolished sunset red granite panels complemented by gray tempered glass. The first and second floor levels of the high-rise are clad with stainless steel and black granite panels. The 500-foot 38-story Class A trophy office tower, completed it 1982, includes 684,959 square feet of premier office space and is certified LEED-EB Platinum by the U.S. Green Building Council.
Post Montgomery Center is an impressive mixed-use structure with almost one million gross square feet of office and retail space. The complex consists of One Montgomery Tower and Crocker Galleria, a retail destination featuring a diverse collection of shops and specialty retailers. A San Francisco landmark since opening in 1982, Crocker Galleria boasts a spectacular glass pavilion soaring above three levels of service stores, unique boutiques and a broad selection of restaurants. A farmers’ market visited by thousands of visitors a year is held every Thursday.
Lerch Bates is currently modernizing the elevator systems of other landmark properties around the country including Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel and Millennium Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. The storied Drake Hotel was constructed in 1920 and features 535 guestrooms including 55 executive guestrooms, 73 individually decorated suites and a luxurious five-room presidential suite. The Drake has made history many times during its fabled past including being the first hotel in the Windy City to provide air conditioning in every guestroom as well as color television for every guest.
Millennium Biltmore Hotel, originally the Los Angeles Biltmore Hotel, is a remarkable fusion of Italian Renaissance Revival, Mediterranean Revival and Beaux-Arts architecture and was the largest hotel west of Chicago upon its completion. The property was designated a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument in 1969, deeming it worthy of preservation based on architectural, historic and cultural criteria. The unique interior of the hotel features brilliant frescos and murals, hand-carved marble fountains and columns, lead crystal chandeliers, cast bronze stairwells and vibrant embroidered tapestries and draperies. Millennium Biltmore Hotel features 683 guestrooms, down from its original 1,500 due to room reorganization, and more than 70,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space.
Denver-area based Lerch Bates has built a reputation as the premier designer of vertical transportation and façade access, permanent equipment and rigs utilized for servicing exterior façades including window washing and maintenance, systems around the globe. The company has consulted on many of the world’s tallest buildings including the 2,717-foot (428-meter) Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 1,667-foot (508-meter) Taipei 101 in Taipei, Taiwan, 1,476-foot (450-meter) Nanjing Greenland Financial Center in Nanjing, China and 1,389- foot (423-meter) Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Illinois.