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Lerch Bates Consultancy/design firm gets major contract, hires and promotes.

The expansion of Lincoln Square promises to bring even more activity to downtown Bellevue, Washington.

Lerch Bates Inc. has been hired by Kemper Development Co. and Affiliates to design the vertical-transportation system for the 1.5-million sq. ft. expansion of Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington, which includes 47 elevators and six escalators. Among the largest projects in the region, the expansion consists of 400 Lincoln Square, a 31-story office building overlooking Lake Washington and downtown Seattle, and Two Lincoln Tower, a 40-story W hotel joined with a midrise apartment building. 400 Lincoln Square and Two Lincoln Tower will sit atop a multilevel podium housing retail and entertainment. Lerch Bates Area Vice President Jeff Marsh said the project promises to bring even more activity to an already-bustling downtown. He observed: “Retail has been the catalyst for growth in downtown Bellevue for nearly 70 years, and this extensive project is the next milestone in the city’s evolution to a regional business hub.”

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Blackwood Hired for Dallas Area Office Lerch Bates has hired Don Blackwood as a consultant based out of its South Central Dallas office. He has more than four decades of industry experience, previously holding leadership roles with Otis in the Service and Construction departments in Dallas. In his new role, Blackwood is providing elevator consulting services for new equipment design, modernization, maintenance and audit work. He performs due diligence and maintenance evaluations, completes studies and oversees construction services. He has been a CEI since 1993 and an instructor for NAESA International and the National Elevator Industry Education Program since 2008. Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan said Blackwood’s vast knowledge and expertise will be an asset to the company. Blackwood

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