Lerch Bates Awarded Contract To Modernize Elevator Systems Of Downtown Honolulu's Landmark Pacific Guardian Center

08.25.2014

Renovation Project Includes Twin Mid-Rise Office Towers
and Historic Dillingham Transportation Building

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a two-year contract to consult on the modernization of the diverse elevator systems of the largest office complex in Hawaii. The multifaceted vertical transportation renovation project at Pacific Guardian Center (PGC) includes a 10-story 786-stall parking structure, twin 30-story office towers and the celebrated four-story Dillingham Transportation Building.

PGC is an award winning office complex that features more than 630,000 square feet of first-class office and retail space located in the heart of Honolulu’s Central Business District. The mirrored glass towers, named after their respective positions, Mauka (“mountain”) and Makai (“ocean”), are juxtaposed by the Mediterranean Revival/Italian Renaissance style of the the historic Dillingham Transportation Building. The vertical transportation modernization program was designed to meet the expected future demands of the center while maintaining the rich character and environment of the property. The project is expected to begin this fall and be completed in the fall of 2016.

“Lerch Bates has been a pioneer of vertical transportation in Hawaii for more than 25 years,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ vice president of business development and marketing. “Our firm has has been selected to facilitate a wide scope of services for decades from condition assessments to new construction and the modernizations. We feel privileged to be given the opportunity to design the modern elevator systems of one of Honolulu’s most recognizable and famous properties.”

Upgrading PGC’s elevator systems is one of Lerch Bates’ largest projects in the western United States. The program includes replacing Westinghouse Mark V equipment in the two seven-car banks and installing destination based technology. Destination based elevators, or destination dispatch systems, are changing how elevator systems are built and modernized and are quickly becoming the industry standard when upgrading the systems in buildings with three or more elevators. Every passenger enters his or her destination floor on entry terminals located in a lobby or in a hallway adjacent to the elevator shafts and the system groups passengers together depending on their desired destinations. The optimization process results in riders who are travelling to the same floors being grouped together.

The oldest and largest elevator consulting firm in the world, Lerch Bates has been the international leader in vertical transportation for more than 65 years. Lerch Bates’ Hawaii operation has been a leader in modernization and was fundamental in bringing new technologies to the Aloha State. The firm has modernized the vertical transportation systems of other well-known properties in Hawaii including Sheraton Waikiki, a modernization completed in 2009 that included 20 elevators and two escalators, Royal Hawaiian Center, Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, Rainbow Tower, and City Financial Tower in downtown Honolulu.

Dillingham Transportation Building was constructed in 1929 for Walter F. Dillingham, founder of the Hawaiian Dredging Company (later Dillingham Construction). The building was designed architect Lincoln Rogers of Los Angeles and is significant for its associations with the commercial development of Honolulu and the Dillingham family empire of businesses. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.