Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced Craig Sawvel, PMP, has joined the company in its metropolitan Denver headquarters as project manager. In his new role, Sawvel will provide materials management technical consulting services to architects, developers and property owners around the world as well as collaborate on vertical transportation and façade access consulting services.

Craig Sawvel

Craig Sawvel

“Craig Sawvel is an established and respected project manager with decades of experience in the field of materials management,” said Lerch Bates President and CEO Bart Stephan. “We are very pleased to announce his appointment to the firm as we continue to increase our presence around the globe and be a part of the world’s largest and most unique construction projects.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Sawvel worked for Swisslog, a global provider of integrated logistics solutions for warehouses, distribution centers and hospitals, for 22 years. He most recently served as a project manager for Swisslog’s Automated Drug Management Systems (ADMS) business unit for nearly nine years and focused on hospital pharmacy austomation in the United States and Canada. Sawvel began his career in architecture as a facilities planner at Texas Christian University.

Sawvel earned a Bachelor of Science degree in architecture from the University of Texas at Arlington and has earned a Project Management Professional (PMP) certification.

Dean Herbstreit

Dean Herbstreit

Dean Herbstreit has joined Lerch Bates’ Richmond, Va. office as a project manager.

In his new role, Herbstreit provides technical consulting services to architects on material handling systems as well as collaborates on materials management, elevator and façade access consulting services. He manages automated logistics solutions for the healthcare industry through the application of various automated material distribution systems. Herbstreit also consults on the development of process improvement programs for healthcare facilities through the application of automated solutions.

“Dean Herbstreit joins Lerch Bates with more than 16 years of healthcare automated logistics experience,” said Stephan. “His superior expertise in providing logistics services to the global healthcare construction market is a welcomed addition to the logistics team of Lerch Bates. We are pleased that he joins our Mid-Atlantic Region with the talent and experience needed to ensure our firm continues to provide unmatched logistics solutions for the healthcare industry.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Herbstreit served as a sales executive for Pevco where he provided consultation and sales services for the application of healthcare pneumatic tube systems. He has also worked as an automated logistics solutions consultant for Swisslog, providing consulting and sales services for the application of automated material distribution systems within healthcare facilities, as well as a national customer service sales manager and regional account manager for the firm.

Herbstreit studied communications at Regis University in Denver, Colo.

Will Bowden

Will Bowden

William Bowden has joined the company in its Dallas office as project manager. In his new role, Bowden will manage vertical transportation system studies, perform vertical maintenance evaluations, design and oversee construction services for vertical transportation equipment and support design and construction services for façade access and materials management handling systems.

“William Bowden has more than 15 years of experience in elevator and escalator modernization sales and project management,” said Stephan. “He has a proven track record of growing modernization business volume and providing exceptional customer service year after year. As the oldest and largest vertical transportation consulting firm in the world, Lerch Bates is excited to have him join our Dallas based team.”

Prior to joining Lerch Bates, Bowden served as a service account manager for Schindler Elevator Corporation, one of the leading global manufacturers of elevators, escalators and moving walks. He also worked as a modernization sales account manager for Amtech Elevator Services as well as a service/modernization superintendent and construction/modernization superintendent for KONE, Inc.

Bowden earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interdisciplinary studies from the University of Houston-Downtown.