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Thank You For Making The 2013 EU Conference A Success!

euisu2013jpgOn behalf or the Elevator U Board of Directors thanks to everyone for attending this years conference.  It was great to see everyone and look forward to seeing you next year.

For those of you who attended you are now Members of Elevator U and in the upcoming weeks will be sent information regarding the benefits of membership. We also will be sending out a survey about the conference so we can make next years event even better.

Attendee lists, the survey link and passwords will be sent out in the upcoming weeks. Those of you in need of educational credits/certificates we will be concentrating on those next. It was great to see everyone at the conference. Have a great summer and see you next year.


Elevator U – BOD

2013 – Elevator U Conference Update


UPDATE 5-31-2013 – The Gateway Hotel and Conference Center is fully booked for the conference. Please make your reservations at one of the overflow hotels noted below. 

Conference Will Be Held At The Gateway Hotel & Conference Center at Iowa State

2100 Green Hills Drive | Ames, Iowa 50014 | 515-292-8600 | Fax 515-268-2224

Overflow hotels if the Gateway has no vacancies

Holiday Inn Ames Conference Center

Best Western University Park Inn &Suites (across the street)

Getting to Ames, Iowa

Best Airport to Fly To:
Des Moines International Airport in Des Moines, IA (DSM)—www.dsmairport.com
The Des Moines Airport is approximately at 30 minute drive south of Ames

Shuttle Service:
There is a shuttle that travels between Des Moines and Ames regularly throughout the day.  It’s called Executive Express. If you are interested in using the shuttle please contact them directly. To make a reservation click the following link.  https://executiveexpress.hudsonltd.net/res (round trip is approximately $55-63 depending on the surcharge). You can also call in to the company directly to make reservations at 888-522-9899.

The Elevator U Conference Committee is excited to announce the opening of the 2013 online registration site. To register please click the following link.  We look forward to seeing you June 18,19 and 20 in Ames, Iowa!

Click the following link for the agenda; EU-Handout-2013-Web.pdf

Exhibitor Shipping and Other Information Updated: 5/13/13

Elevator U Exhibitor Shipping Information.pdf

Thank you for planning to attend The Elevator U Conference at the Iowa State Center. Your support and exhibits are valuable assets to the conference. We have been asked to coordinate the receiving and handling of display materials. We hope to make the process of sending your exhibit to and from the show easy and efficient as possible.

The Iowa State Center Scheman Building’s event schedule requires that we request exhibitors to ship display materials to arrive no earlier than 2 working days prior to the conference.

If you are bringing your display and products, you can park on the north side of the Scheman Building and unload there. We have carts inside on the ground floor that you can use to bring your items to your booth.
You may start setting up on Tuesday, June 18th 10am – 4pm. Tear Down will be Wednesday, June 19th 9pm – 12am.

If you will be shipping display equipment to the conference site, please use the following address to prevent lost displays and for security:

HOLD FOR: The Elevator U Conference
C/O Pat Dennis
AMES, IA 50011

Please use the attached shipping log form if you are sending any display equipment prior to the event.
The receptionist at the ground floor desk will be responsible for receiving and shipping all equipment. All equipment being shipped from the Scheman Building must have all paperwork attached to the equipment, and the carrier notified of the pickup.

All questions regarding displays or shipping should be directed to Iowa State Center, at 515-294-3347.


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2012 Elevator U Conference Agenda Set

For those of you attending this years Elevator U Conference at Michigan State University please note that the agenda is available for download through the following link. Note that presentation topics are subject to change without notice. A couple of important notes are shared below.

Program Agenda/Hand Out Download: http://elevatoru.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/ElevatorU-Conference-Agenda-2012-MSU.pdf

Vendors/Exhibitors: Please note that if shipping material to the show you will need to prepay $45 to have it moved into the Football Stadium. This needs to be done online through MSU. The link is noted below and is NOT arranged through Elevator U. See page three of the Program Agenda/Hand Out above for additional information and complete shipping instructions: http://usd.msu.edu/logistics/services/event-material-management.html

The NAEC Education Committee has reviewed your Continuing Education Application for the 2012 Elevator U Conference. We are pleased to inform you that the committee has approved the educational content at a total value of 12.0 contact hours for CET and  6.0 contact hours for CAT Continuing Education.


  • Watts Up with Lighting @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hrs.
  • What’s Killing Hoist Rope Life …  @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hrs.
  • Emergency Power Comparison @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hrs.
  • ASME: How to Cracker Barrel @ 1.0 CET contact hrs.
  • Elevator Accidents – Cracker Barrel @ 2.0 CET/CAT contact hrs.
  • Is the Elevator Working? @ 1.0 CET contact hrs.
  • Door Restrictors @ 1.0 contact hrs.
  • MCP – Cracker Barrel @ 1.5 CET contact hrs.
  • ADA Design @ 1.5 CET contact hrs.
  • Solid State Starters @ 1.0 CET/CAT contact hrs.

Thank you for your support of this years conference. Have safe travels to Michigan State and see you in June!

Elevator U – Board of Directors





Elevator U 2012 Conference Registration Open

The Elevator U Board and Conference Committee have been working hard at making this year’s Elevator U Conference a great one. New to this year’s event is a pre-conference golf outing on Monday afternoon as well as an offsite vendor expo which will be held at the Michigan State Football Stadium.

Click Following Link to View Tentative Agenda – 3/15/2011 – eu_agenda_15mar12.pdf

Get registered and make sure you sign up for the vendor-mercial slots and sponsorship opportunities as they go fast.  A complete brochure that will outline the presentations and round table discussions as well as shipping information for exhibitors will be available on-line soon.

Click the button below or visit http://www.regonline.com/elevatoruconference2012


Message From The President

Greetings From Elevator U,

As current President of Elevator U, I would like to take just a few moments of your time to introduce our association and the benefits it provides to professionals such as yourself.  As we enter a new year, it’s always good to focus on the things we can do better, for ourselves and for those we serve.

Elevator U is an association that recognizes the need for colleges, universities, government agencies and public institutions to have an organized vehicle to promote excellence in design, construction and maintenance for all forms of vertical transportation.  The primary vehicle for filling this need is education and networking.  As technologies, materials and business practices continually change, we need to ensure we have an organization to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and technical expertise to properly build and maintain vertical transportation that is safe, durable and efficient.


As a member of Elevator U, you will not only garner valuable business relationships, great friendships and the knowledge needed to keep you up-to-date in our industry; but great benefits as well.  Here are just a few:


  • Valuable educational sessions, including continuing education opportunities.
  • Affordable annual conference conveniently held on the campus of a college or university.
  • Access to online forums, membership list, student safety program, past conference videos, job board and more!
  • Networking opportunities with other university professionals and industry suppliers.
  • 15% off industry educational products such as books, DVD’s, posters and software.
  • Newly added benefit! FREE yearly print subscription to ELEVATOR WORLD magazine for Professional Members.


Please consider becoming a member of Elevator U and attending our 2012 annual conference, held at Michigan State University from June 19-21.  More information is included in this packet, including a recap of our 2011 conference, or you can visit us online at www.elevatoru.org.  Please pass this information along to others whom it could benefit and feel free to contact me directly.  We look forward to meeting you, sharing ideas, having a lot of fun and making our facilities more efficient and safe.


With Regards,

Martin Culp

Supvr. Constr. Contracts/Elevators

University of Maryland College Park


2012 EU – Conference Dates Set!

Mark your calendars, June 19th – 21st are the dates for the 2012 Elevator U Annual Conference.  Hosted by Michigan State University it will be held at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center and will have the same format as years past.  Online registration will be open early 2012.  The Elevator U Board of Directors appreciates the support that our conference receives and would like to thank all of you for making each year a success.  Consider getting your sponsorships in early. Last year there were a few slots that were taken and not available by companies who wanted them.

Sponsorship Opportunities – Elevator U sponsor form 13jul12.pdf

General Conference Information:

Event to be held at the Kellogg Center, www.kellogcenter.com
Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center
Michigan State University
55 South Harrison Avenue
East Lansing, MI 48824-1022
Phone: (517) 432-4000
Reservation Line: (800) 875-5090


Travel Information:
You can fly into Lansing http://flylansing.com/ (15 mins from MSU) or Detroit http://www.metroairport.com/ (1hr from MSU)

The attachment is (Airport Shuttle Hours) for a Kellogg shuttle to transport to/from Lansing Airport.  You can use http://www.michiganflyer.com/location-east-lansing.asp – if you use Michigan Flyer from the Metro, you will still have to use the Kellogg shuttle unless you want to walk.  It’s about a mile from the Michigan Flyer drop off/pick up (at the Marriott off campus).

The golf course is http://www.golfmsu.msu.edu/ And yes, the outing is Monday 6/18/12 at 2 pm – foursomes.  As soon as I know the cost I will let you know.

The vendor show is at the football stadium  http://www.msuspartans.com/facilities/spartan-stadium.html The show is specifically on the fourth floor (photo 11/27) http://www.msuspartans.com/view.gal?id=29685


EU Donates $2,500 to the EESF!

At the National Association of Elevator Contractors 2011 Convention and Conference in New Orleans the Board of Directors of Elevator U presented Barbara Allen, Director of the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation a check for $2500. Elevator U is proud to support the Elevator Escalator Safety Foundation and will continue to do so in the future. Elevator U worked with the EESF to create the Rise Up Safe Rider Program which is geared for the College/University setting. For more information visit http://www.eesf.org/education/riseupsaferider_information.html

Pictured Front: Barbara Allen – EESF Director &Martin Culp – EU President

Back Row:  Brad O’Guynn, Bob Schumacher, Laurie Dueitt, Glenn Duncan, Mark Ortman, Steve Pydynowski and Tom Sybert