Isaac’s Elevator Field Trip

This summer we had the opportunity to spend time with a young man who has a unique hobby. Today, we want to share his story with you.

Isaac Powers is a typical 8-year old boy, who likes chicken fingers, playing with his sister, and going to the zoo with his parents. However, there’s one thing that Isaac is passionate about, and that is elevators. His fascination extends far past riding the machines; he loves to learn about them and educate himself on all of their features and how they function. He will sometimes turn the family bathroom or closet into a pretend elevator cab with hand-drawn controls and all!

Isaac Powers (8)

When it comes to elevators, Isaac tends to have an eidetic memory. Sometimes his parents will take him to local hospitals, so he can ride the elevators and can commit certificates to memory. Isaac also enjoys watching YouTube videos about elevators and can name all of the major brands.

This past June, Steven Schmidt, one of the Project Managers at DC Elevator, invited him to a memorable experience, an elevator-themed field trip! On a Friday afternoon, Steven and Isaac’s father, Josh, took Isaac to visit two famous University of Kentucky buildings that each feature a DC Elevator unit – the Patterson Office Tower and the White Hall Classroom Building. Isaac was able to ride the elevators, operate call buttons, identify the cabinet elements, and learn a lot about elevators right from the source.

Steven Schmidt (left), Isaac, Chuck Sharp (right)

The word excitement cannot even describe what Isaac felt, so you can imagine his reaction as we took him to the Lexington headquarters of DC Elevator. He was able to speak with some of our technicians and head home with a bag of goodies and elevator parts to remember the day.

A few days after his visit, Isaac surprised Steven and Chuck Sharp, DC Elevator’s Vice President, with a handwritten thank-you note including a few Dairy Queen gift cards. Steven looks forward to enjoying the ice cream, but states that “nothing is as sweet as this young man’s passion for what we do for a living.” DC Elevator hopes to see Isaac become an elevator technician apprentice and spend a lifetime living the dream while serving our community.

If you know a child that loves elevators, here are a few Elevator World literature links on elevator terms, elevator history, and elevator-themed books and games. You can also subscribe to their magazine.

Story Update

Isaac and his customized Car Operating Panel

Our friends at Innovation Industries read our story on Isaac and his elevator field trip. They built the best gift for Isaac – a customized Car Operating Panel. Now Isaac can play elevator all day long, thanks to the Arkansas company. Please visit their website to see what they have to offer!