Patten Cat Power Rental, a division of Patten Cat, takes on the energy needs of three major sporting events with several hundred thousand spectators combined. The week of Sept. 14-20, Patten Cat Power Rental, a Caterpillar power rental company in northern Illinois, will power the BMW Championship at Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, as well as the ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Chicago, and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
“It certainly is something we’ve never done before, but we are confident in our equipment and fleet, our knowledge and expertise, and the Patten Cat people to pull this off,” said Mike Madej, manager of Patten Cat Power Rental. “We think it says something for these three great venues to put their trust in us. We’re excited to be involved with each and every one of them.”
According to Madej, the three events are happening simultaneously across the Chicago area – BMW Championship in the northern suburbs, the Triathlon in downtown Chicago, and the Sprint Cup Series in Joliet, Illinois in the far southwest suburbs. The three events collectively will require over 122 generators that will supply over 17,350 kilowatts of power, require some 22 miles of cable, have 58 air conditioners providing approximately 1750 tons of cooling, and rely on 12 technicians.
Patten Cat has worked with the BMW Championship (formerly Western Open) for over 20 years. The BMW Championship is relying fully on Patten Cat generators to support the whole event over the 209 acre Conway Farms Golf Course except at the main club house facilities. Additionally, Patten Cat will provide air conditioning for merchandise tents, hospitality suites, the media tent, and other temporary facilities where temperature control is needed. The generators will also power all of the scoreboards around the course.
The project manager for the BMW Championship, Bana Dominick, is known as the “power patriarch” of the event. Of all the championships, he says the 2015 event has been the toughest. In many ways, “it is like a puzzle with many pieces that need to be put together just right to work.”