John Roche

Senior Inspector

Education: University of Minnesota Symposium/Annual, Digital and Industrial Specialist northwestern Electronics Institute

Certifications: Former Vice President and Board Member (NAESA), American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME), Regulatory Advisory Council Member (ASME) A17

Mr. Roche joined VDA in 2020 as an inspector with responsibilities that include many aspects of the elevator industry. His focus is the Mayo Clinic and the wide range of vertical transportation systems located across their seven Regions.  In addition, Mr. Roche is also available to provide inspection services for our clients in Minnesota and throughout the upper Midwest.   With his extensive field and code experience, John is well suited to provide oversight and hands on field services, including Equipment Evaluations, final acceptance inspections on new and modernized elevator equipment along with plan review and code interpretation for a variety of VDA projects.

 Before joining the VDA team Mr. Roche held leadership positions as the Senior Elevator Inspector for the City of St Paul and as the Supervisor of the Elevator Inspection division for the State of Minnesota.  Both positions involved supervision of staff, oversight of inspection programs, review of detailed plans and permit applications and field inspections of all types of vertical transportation.  Prior to his twenty (20) plus years as an elevator Inspector, Mr. Roche also worked as an Elevator Mechanic with Lagerquist/Dover Elevator and Millar Elevator for twelve years.

Related Projects

Mayo Clinic

Rochester, MN

Cushman & Wakefield

Bloomington, MN

Wells Fargo

Minneapolis, MN


John Roche

Senior Inspector

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