Lerch Bates, an employee-owned international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and logistics, announced David Witt has been named consultant, elevator consulting group, in its Toronto office. He joins the world’s oldest and largest elevator consulting firm with more than 10 years of experience in the vertical transportation industry.
In his new role with Lerch Bates, Witt will provide elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization design and work, maintenance audit work and due diligence studies and services. He also will be responsible for vertical transportation studies, construction services and vertical transportation maintenance evaluations.
“It’s an exciting time at Lerch Bates as we grow our presence in the greater Toronto area and around the globe,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “David has exceptional knowledge of the vertical transportation industry in Ontario and valuable engineering management experience within the materials handling industry. He joins Lerch Bates as we continue to grow our market share in the region and we welcome him to our team.”
Witt previously served as a review engineer for the Technical Standards & Safety Authority, AHJ (Authority Having Jurisdiction) for Elevating devices in Ontario, Canada. As a review engineer, he was responsible for the safety reviews of many projects involving the introduction of new technology from all major elevator manufacturers. Witt also was part of a team that developed a risk based inspection system for elevator equipment and is one of the named inventors in a patent application (20130253975). He also worked as operations manager at Bramalea Elevator. Witt is the Chair of the ASME A17.1 Dumbwaiter and ATD committee and also sits on the ASME A17.1 Hoistway and Emergency Operations committees.
Witt is a member of NAESA International (National Association of Elevator Safety Authorities) and has been a Certified Elevator Inspector, C-4499, since 2009. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and earned a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Waterloo in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.
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.