Utility vehicles fit right in on Big Ten campus
Bobcat 2100 UVs carry employees and tools across 17,000-acre campus
Purdue University employees easily transport cargo with the help of Bobcat utility vehicles.
About the same time as the incoming freshmen were settling in at Purdue University, a new class of utility vehicles — a dozen Bobcat® 2100 models — also arrived on campus.
Both groups — students and machines — work hard, put in long hours and contribute to the success of this Big Ten university.
"We explored all our equipment options before purchasing the 2100," says Dave Lucas, general manager of zone maintenance. "We were looking for a machine that was a little bigger than some of the other products. A larger cargo box and a beefed-up suspension system were important, so we could transport heavier items, such as 200-pound HVAC motors."
Gary Evans, director of grounds, is also satisfied with how the new utility vehicles are working. "My employees like them. That's the best endorsement for me."
Maintenance and grounds work is a massive undertaking on the campus. There are 387 buildings on 17,582 acres, along with 40,000 students and 14,000 faculty and staff.
The building maintenance operation is divided into nine zones. Each zone has an average of 15 employees, including a carpenter, electrician, indoor air quality technicians, a heating and refrigeration mechanic, preventive maintenance technicians and lighting mechanics.
"My employees like them. That's the best endorsement for me." — Gary Evans
The grounds staff, which consists of 68 employees is divided into three geographical zones. They are responsible for new landscaping projects and maintenance of existing trees, shrubs, flowers and grass.
"Our utility vehicles are constantly used for moving employees and their tools around campus," Lucas says. "Features such as the 800-pound capacity cargo box, front and rear suspension and front and rear hydraulic brakes have made the 2100 a good addition to our equipment fleet."
Ideal for carrying tools
"We keep our utility vehicles plenty busy," Evans says. "They are comfortable and easy to operate and most often the cargo box is loaded with tools such as rakes, hoses, brooms, leaf blowers and other items."
Eight of the 2100 utility vehicles are used by maintenance workers and four by the grounds crew. The machines were purchased from Bobcat of Lafayette.