Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been awarded a contract to modernize the elevator systems in Chicago’s majestic Drake Hotel. Constructed in 1920 and designed by famed architect Benjamin Marshall, The Drake Hotel has a renowned history unmatched by any other hotel property in Chicago.

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. The firm relies on its unique expertise in elevator engineering and technology to design and modernize elevator systems all over the world. Lerch Bates will perform elevator equipment surveys, code compliance reviews, ADA compliance consulting, bidding assistance and construction services for the five main guest elevators, originally installed in 1920, and four service elevators at The Drake.

Drake HotelLerch Bates has also modernized elevator systems in other legendary Chicago hotels including The Palmer House, built in 1869 and the oldest operating hotel in The Windy City, and The Hilton Chicago, constructed in 1927 and the largest hotel in the city by the number of guestrooms. Modernization of the elevators at The Drake is expected to be complete in late 2014. The four service elevators are scheduled for modernization in fiscal year 2014.

“The Drake Hotel is truly one Chicago’s historical gems,” said Jeff Marsh, Lerch Bates’ director of business development. “Lerch Bates is honored to have been selected to modernize some of the most utilized amenities in such an extraordinary building. Our firm has consulted on the vertical transportation needs of landmark buildings around the globe and we are excited about modernizing the elevator systems at The Drake.”

Positioned at the gateway to Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, The Drake is located at 140 E. Walton Place. The storied hotel, conceived by John and Tracy Drake, features 535 guestrooms on 10 floors 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.

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