Elevator U 2015

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The 18th annual Elevator U (EU) Conference took place June 22 – 25 at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.

Elevator U supports and encourages the exchange of ideas and information relative to vertical transportation in academic facilities. Membership includes university facility mangers, consultants, vendors and others with ties to the elevator industry. Visit elevatoru.org to find out more.

This was my first industry conference and I must say it was awesome! I was able to finally meet in person many people who I previously only knew their names. The conference itself was well received by everyone. The educational and technical presentations were well attended and met with enthusiasm. On Wednesday was a round table discussion on in-house versus contract maintenance on academic campuses. This session really proved why Elevator U is such a valuable event, as attendees were able to see how other universities handle this issue. This led to new ideas that they could bring back to their workplace to incorporate.


One of the main events was the opportunity to tour OSU’s massive renovation project of the North Residential District, which includes several new elevator installations and modernizations. Their goal is to expand on-campus residential capacity to ensure availability for all first and second year students.

This year’s social event was Casino Night (play money of course!) and featured several game tables along with entertainment provided by Cincinnati Circus. In addition, the evening’s winner of the 50/50 raffle returned his earnings back as a gift to the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation (EESF).

The expo portion of the conference was constantly buzzing with discussions as well as everyone checking who was outbidding them for the Silent Auction (which would again, raise money for the EESF).

Some of the items were Fitbits, an Apple Watch and various Gift Cards to places like Lowe’s and Best Buy.


On the final evening of the expo, two prestigious awards were presented. The first was for the newest Honorary EU Member, which was awarded to Dave Flint from the University of Michigan. This award is for those who go above and beyond with their contributions to helping EU grow and succeed. The second was the John W. Blatt Memorial – President’s Choice Award. This year’s recipient was Elevator World’s own Brad O’Guynn. Through his skills in marketing, Brad has shown tremendous dedication to EU by continuing to spread the word and never missing an opportunity to make the organization more successful year after year.

Everyone is already looking forward to the 2016 Elevator U conference, which will be held in Quincy, IL and hosted by Illinois State University and Hollister-Whitney Elevator Corporation.

For the full event coverage of the 2015 Elevator U Conference which includes more photos, information on OSU’s project and an overview of the many informative presentations, just check out the September issue of ELEVATOR WORLD magazine. You can click here to subscribe today!

Thanks for reading,

– Caleb

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