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2/8/2019 6:24:00 PM
Purdue's Union Club Hotel closing for $35 million renovation

Dave Bangert, Journal and Courier Columnist

WEST LAFAYETTE – The Union Club, a 90-year-old hotel attached to the Purdue Memorial Union, will close for a year, starting in June, as the university starts a year-long, $35 million renovation.

Purdue’s trustees on Friday laid out the timeline, months after revealing $30 million in gifts from Purdue alum, former trustee and hotel owner Bruce White and his family.

“Very seldom do we get a chance to influence an iconic landmark, maybe other than an academic building, the way we’re going to be able to do with our Union Club,” Gary Lehman, a Purdue trustee, said. “This is something that’s long overdue. … When it’s all said and done, we have put this at a whole other level for the next, probably two generations to enjoy it.”

Mike Cline, senior vice president for administrative operations at Purdue, said work should start June 3, with a completion targeted for June 2020. He said the Union Club Hotel would be ready for occupancy by August 2020.

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