Barker Mohandas

Rick Barker, Principal,

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Rick Barker is involved in most of our work and all of our tall building work. His background provides an unusually strong basis for this:

Earlier, he was Director of Technical Services at Otis World HQ, where he led pre-construction services for major projects, and product strategy for tall buildings. He also chaired the product committee for dispatching products, led a major study for product energy efficiency, co-led the Odyssey™ system integrating elevators and Automated People Movers, was the liaison with United Technologies Research Center for rope-less elevator studies, and is inventor or co-inventor for 24 patents.

Earlier, he led vertical transportation for Jaros Baum & Bolles (JB&B) Consulting Engineers in NYC, where he was involved with the firm’s largest projects. At JB&B he led design of the specical VT system for the 100-story Tour San Fins in Paris, for BDNI in Jakarta, and a modernization study for Sears Tower - resulting in a side innovation for automatic door controls for stack effect. Earlier, he was with Delta Elevator in Boston (now Otis) as modernization manager, and with Westinghouse Elevator (now Schindler) in field, sales engineering, and other roles with high-rise and transit projects in the Northeast US. Co-founders' past projects.

Rick has authored works on elevators for mile-high buildings, super-speed elevators vs. double deck and rope-less sky-lobby shuttle systems, an integrated horizontal-vertical transport system, multi-purpose elevators for first responders (in 1995 with conclusions reflected in the current IBC and NFPA 5000 codes), and case studies for 200 story designs. In 2018, he published our breakthrough designs for elevator harmonized dispatching and passenger interfaces for office buildings without any restrictions. This became the cover article in Elevator World.


He was formerly a member of the National Interest Review Group of the ASME-A17 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators, and ASME-A17.1 Emergency Operations Committee (and related NYC-NYFD elevator committees for fire safety and a joint ASME-NIST-NYFD task group). He chaired the Vertical & Short-Distance Horizontal Transportation Committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, has guest lectured at MIT School of Architecture, and more recently at Parsons The New School for Design.


Résumé, 40 Years Experience

Barker Mohandas, LLC, USA
Principal, and Co-Founder

Otis Elevator World HQ, Connecticut
Director, Technical Services

Jaros Baum & Bolles Consulting Engineers, New York, NY
Department Head - Vertical Transportation & Materials Handling

Delta Elevator, Boston, Massachusetts & Hartford, Connecticut
Modernization Manager Boston HQ, Branch Manager Connecticut

Westinghouse Elevator, Northeast USA, New York & New Jersey
Sales Engineer NE HQ, Branch Manager, Field Support - Construction & Maintenance