Industry News for August 15, 2014

LERCH BATES NAMES SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA PROJECT MANAGER
Lerch Bates Inc. has named Steve Frame project manager, based in the company’s Lake Forest, California, office. In his new role, Frame will manage vertical-transportation consulting services for clients throughout Southern California. He most recently served as project manager and superintendent for Otis, and as a project manager and field superintendent for Mitsubishi Electric. He has had a hand in developing the vertical-transportation systems for many landmark buildings, including the four-star Omni San Diego Hotel, the CNN Building in Los Angeles and Kaiser Permanente Irvine Medical Center in Irvine, California.

IN MEMORIAM: WILLIAM T. MURRAY, JR.
William T. Murray Jr., longtime Otis field engineer who retired from the company in 1992, passed away on August 5 in Allentown, Pennsylvania, at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 59 years, Barbara, and a daughter, Dale. Born in Providence, Rhode Island, he is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island. He is survived by children Dianne, David, Donald and Dawne; eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. A memorial service was held September 13 at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Avon, Connecticut.

ELEVATOR ISSUES AT ROANOKE FEDERAL BUILDING PROBED
Elevator riders in the 15-floor Poff Federal Building in Roanoke, Virginia, occupied primarily by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, are reporting sudden drops and jammed doors, and authorities are investigating, The Roanoke Times reports. One of the latest alleged incidents, in which a man said he was injured when a unit dropped several floors, resulted in one of the building’s six units being closed as OSHA investigates. The building, constructed in 1974, recently underwent a multimillion-dollar renovation, but it is unclear what work was performed on the elevators.

52-STORY NYC TOWER TO BLEND RENTALS, COLLEGE DORMS
A 52-story tower being developed by Extell at 555 10th Avenue in New York City (NYC) will include both rentals and dorms for a yet-to-be-named college, Commercial Observer reports. Designed by SLCE Architects, the building has a glass façade and is set to include 600 rental units – including 120 that are “affordable” – and 300 dorm beds. Foundation work has been completed, and the project is expected to be finished within two years.

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