Installation of elevator and escalator systems at DIA near completion
Monday, 27 July 2015 20:42

Denver International Airport (DIA), the nation’s fifth busiest airport with more than 53 million passengers traveling through the facility annually, is currently constructing a new hotel and transit center that will enhance the customer experience and provide for new business opportunities. Lerch Bates announced today that installation of the 16 elevators and 11 escalators for DIA’s Hotel and Transit Center Program is nearing completion. The Westin Denver International Airport portion of the project is scheduled to open on Nov. 19.

Lerch Bates to design vertical transportation systems for new Atlanta stadium
Thursday, 16 April 2015 20:23

DENVER, April 3, 2015 – A new $1.4 billion multi-purpose stadium is currently being constructed in the heart of downtown Atlanta and is expected to revolutionize how sports facilities are designed in the future. Lerch Bates, the oldest and largest elevator and escalator consulting firm in the world, has been selected to design the vertical transportation systems for the new home of the Atlanta Falcons and recently announced yet-to-be named Major League Soccer team.

The focal point of the sports and entertainment complex will be the eight massive triangular roof pieces that will run on individual tracks to open and close. Mimicking a camera shutter, the moving roof will be unique among sports stadiums and is expected to make the facility an instant icon in Georgia’s capital city. The stadium is expected to be completed in 2017 and will replace the aging Georgia Dome, home of the Falcons since 1992.


Lerch Bates tapped to design vertical transportation systems of Downtown Denver’s newest mid-rise office tower
Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:14

Denver’s thriving Central Business District (CBD) continues to expand with the announcement of another office mid-rise tower planned for downtown. Non-profit Downtown Denver Partnership recently reported that more than 24 projects worth just over $1.8 billion are currently underway in the Mile High City’s prosperous CBD. Metro-Denver based Lerch Bates has been selected to design the sophisticated vertical transportation systems of 1401 Lawrence.


JohnstonWells named one of top professional service PR firms by
Friday, 14 February 2014 17:24

The independent authority on public relations, named JohnstonWells one of the top 10 PR firms for professional services for February 2014. Read the full story at PRWeb

Lerch Bates awarded contract to design facade access system for China Resources headquarters high-rise in Shenzhen, China
Wednesday, 30 October 2013 00:00

Shenzhen, a city in southern mainland China with a metropolitan population of more than 10 million people, has become a major financial center with a rapidly evolving modern cityscape. Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, has been selected to design the façade access system for a high-rise tower that will become a landmark on the city’s eclectic skyline.

Lerch Bates to provice maintenance management services for Forever 21
Tuesday, 22 October 2013 00:00

Los Angeles-based fashion retailer Forever 21 has selected Lerch Bates to provide elevator and escalator management services for 144 stores located throughout the United State and Puerto Rico.

Happy Birthday to....JohnstonWells!
Wednesday, 02 October 2013 21:56

Yesterday, our team at JohnstonWells celebrated the firm's 42nd birthday.

"It's been an interesting time going from a young woman to a wiser older woman. I've learned a lot over the years. Some I wish I could take back and some that I'm very proud of," said Gwin Johnston, CEO and Founder of JohnstonWells.

Thanks to all of the clients we've worked with over the years and to the friends who supported us along the way - we wouldn't have come this far without all of you!

JohnstonWells hires new social media specialist
Thursday, 12 September 2013 16:29

JohnstonWells welcomed a new face to the team this week. Serr Her has been hired to manage social media strategies for the firm and its clients.

Serr’s interest in social media began early in his teenage life, when he discovered a social media platform known as Asian Avenue. Since those early days of social media, Serr has continued to indulge himself into his personal social media sites. Serr’s previous experience includes managing social media for Denver Hmong Alliance Church. He also managed social media efforts for the SALT young adults conference at Wheaton College.

Serr graduated from the University of Colorado Denver in Communication with an emphasis in Public Relations and a minor in marketing. He also received a public relations certificate from the Communication school at UCD.

Lerch Bates joins iconic project in Ryadh, Saudi Arabia
Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, was selected by architecture firm Nikken Sekkei to design the vertical transportation and façade access systems for the new headquarters of the Saudi Stock Exchange (Tadawul).

Lerch Bates receives approval from New York Department of Labor to perform inspections of exterior building maintenance systems
Tuesday, 30 April 2013 00:00

Lerch Bates, an international consulting firm for vertical transportation, façade access and materials management, announced that it has been approved by the New York State Department of Labor to perform periodic inspection and recertification of exterior building maintenance equipment in the state of New York. The approval is of particular importance as the department has imposed new inspection deadlines for façade access equipment systems, specifically window washing rigs, with the first deadline being Jan. 1, 2014.

Gwin Johnston judges PRSA's Silver Anvil Awards for 32nd year
Monday, 01 April 2013 19:23

For the 32nd year, Gwin Johnston was invited to be a judge for the 2013 Silver Anvil Awards. The awards, which are held by Public Relations Society of America (PRSA), are given to organizations who have reached the highest levels of professional achievement in public relations.

“I learn something new every year in the Silver Anvil competitions.  This year my lesson was that you can’t win a Silver Anvil without measurable objectives.  Surprisingly, many of the entries didn’t contain them.”

Lerch Bates to modernize elevator systems at historic Chicago hotel
Wednesday, 06 March 2013 00:00

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.

Edelman founder passes away at age 92
Tuesday, 15 January 2013 21:03

JohnstonWells joins the public relations community across the world in remembering the life of Dan Edelman, founder of the global PR firm, Edelman.

According to AdAge, Edelman died of heart failure early Tuesday morning. He was 92. A renowned public relations pioneer, Edelman had run his own independent firm for the past six decades.

"I was always amazed at Dan's success in creating a global firm," said JohnstonWells CEO, Gwin Johnston. "When we partnered with the firm years ago, I was also impressed with the quality of people we worked with at Edelman's San Francisco office."

JohnstonWells assisted Edelman with a crisis situation for Odwalla in the mid-90s, when an E.coli outbreak was traced back to the juice manufacturer. The project received a Best of Silver Anvil award from PRSA in 1997. Former JohnstonWells employee, Darby Doll currently works in Edelman's Hong Kong office.

Lerch Bates Hires JohnstonWells
Monday, 22 October 2012 14:29

Burj DubaiLerch Bates, the world’s largest and oldest elevator consulting company has hired JohnstonWells to conduct public relations efforts on its behalf.

The company, headquartered in Denver, has done consulting on elevator construction and operations in many of the world’s tallest buildings.  And, because so many buildings are now shaped differently, Lerch Bates also has created a new specialty – facade access, enabling building owners and managers to clean windows and repair the façade of the building should it be required.

JohnstonWells celebrates 41 years in business
Thursday, 04 October 2012 21:19

JW bday cake

Gwin Johnston and the team at JohnstonWells are celebrating the firm’s 41st birthday this week.

“The past 41 years have been both challenging, and a lot of fun.” said Gwin Johnston, CEO and Founder of JohnstonWells. “A lot has changed in the public relations industry since 1971. In fact, when I started the firm I used a manual typewriter. That was before faxes, before computers – I’ve seen lots of changes in how we do our business."

Here are a couple of fun facts about JohnstonWells you might not know:

JohnstonWells begins work with Allonhill
Tuesday, 21 August 2012 20:39

JohnstonWells has been hired to create a public relations program for Allonhill, a Denver-based financial service company that is working to build credibility in the mortgage industry through mortgage due diligence and credit risk management solution.

“In the few weeks we have worked with JohnstonWells, we have already begun to see positive results.” said Sue Allon, CEO and Founder of Allonhill. “We’re looking forward to a mutually beneficial relationship.”

JW mourns the death of Dan Peterson
Thursday, 26 July 2012 17:04

Dan PetersonThe team at JohnstonWells mourns the death of Dan Peterson, who was tragically killed in a hit-and-run accident while riding his bike in Downtown Denver on July 22.

A senior associate at JohnstonWells since 2010, Dan will be remembered for his dedication to his clients and his love of the outdoors, especially the Colorado mountains.

Austin Exploration launches new website
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 19:44

Austin Exploration, an oil and gas exploration company headquartered in Lakewood, Colo., has launched a new website to provide investors with the most current information on its projects in the United States and Australia.  The website, which was created through a joint effort between JohnstonWells and Peak Creative Media, can be viewed at

“This new website will enable us to provide all our shareholders, local communities, media and other interested parties with a comprehensive resource for keeping up-to-date with the company’s progress,” said Mr. Richard Cottee, Austin Exploration’s Chairman of the Board.

JohnstonWells CEO judges Silver Anvil Awards for the 31 year
Tuesday, 27 March 2012 18:51

Gwin Johnston, Silver Anvil judgeJohnstonWells CEO, Gwin Johnston, was a senior judge for the Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvils Awards, one of the most prestigious awards in the public relation profession, which was held in New York City on Friday, March 23.

“I still learn a lot by being a judge,” said Gwin Johnston. “In the 31 years I have judged the Silver Anvils, winners are usually organizations that have hired public relations firms. That doesn’t mean public relations firms are smarter than the people they serve. They just know how to put awards together.”

The Denver HALO Center changes name to the Heart & Hand Center
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 17:25

Heart & Hand logo

The Denver HALO Center, a nonprofit organization that serves at-risk youth in the local community, will no longer be associated with The HALO Foundation and will operate as a new entity known as the Heart & Hand Center for Youth and their Families.

Located in the Five Points area of Denver, the Heart & Hand Center will continue to provide warm meals, after school activities and support on week days to underprivileged Denver children, which it has done since 2008.

“As the HALO Denver Center evolved, so have the needs of the Five Points Community,” said Nikki Cady, president and founder. “We decided that our branch needed to focus our efforts at a local level and expand in order to support the families of Denver.”

The Arc of Colorado celebrates Developmental Disability Awareness Month with film festival
Thursday, 15 March 2012 19:55

More than 140,111 Coloradoans have a developmental disability. To celebrate Developmental Disability Awareness Month, The Arc of Colorado and the 11 chapters within it will hold a film festival on Tuesday, March 20 at the Denver Film Center.

“Too often people with developmental disabilities are marginalized in movies and on television,” said Marijo Rymer, Executive Director of The Arc of Colorado. “The film festival aims to raise their profile by showcasing works of all genres, featuring people who may learn, communicate, move, function and think differently.”

The film festival, which is titled “Achieve with Us,” will showcase films by and about people with developmental disabilities. This event marks the first opportunity for Coloradans to view some of the hundreds of films that feature accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities. The show times are at 2 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and will each feature seven different films that range from 2 minutes to 25 minutes.

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