White Lodging did a $35 million renovation of Union Club Hotel at Purdue University, which reopened Wednesday. Provided
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White Lodging did a $35 million renovation of Union Club Hotel at Purdue University, which reopened Wednesday. Provided Facebook
White Lodging has completed a $35 million renovation at The Union Club at Purdue University, which reopened Wednesday.

The historic 182-room hotel at Purdue's main campus in West Lafayette got a complete overhaul and three new restaurants.

“It’s truly an amazing hotel with all the modern amenities guests are looking for and showcases Purdue’s legacy in so many ways,” said Vicki Wicks, general manager at the Union Club Hotel. “We want our alumni to be proud of the new hotel, and those that didn’t attend Purdue to be impressed enough to share the experience with their friends and colleagues after their stay.”

Extensive renovations included newly remodeled guest rooms, academic-inspired design in carpet patterns and other elements, and "a significant transformation of the lobby to create a grand entrance with a modern loft-like feel."

The hotel was first added onto the Purdue Memorial Union in 1929. A second wing was added a decade later and the 130-room north wing went up in 1955. Parts of it last underwent major renovations at the turn of the century.

It's now managed by Merrillville-based White Lodging, which was founded by Purdue University alumnus Bruce White. It will be used as a hands-on learning laboratory for students in Purdue’s School of Hospitality and Tourism Management to gain real-world experience, starting next year.

“At the same time we’re creating a first-class hospitality experience for our honored guests, we’re developing the next generation of our industry,” Wicks said.

The Union Club added 8Eleven Bistro, a full-service restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, offering up fare like Grilled Tuna Nicoise Salad and Croque Madame. It's named after NASA's Gemini 8 and Apollo 11 mission, both of which were commanded by Purdue grad Neil Armstrong.

The hotel also will have Boiler Up Bar, a cocktail lounge that spotlights Indiana's small-batch distillery, and Leaps Coffee & Artisan Pastries, which will offer locally roasted Hubbard & Cravens coffee and grand-and-go pastries.
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