Purdue Board of Trustees approves renovation plans for Union Club Hotel

The Purdue Board of Trustees approved plans to move forward with the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel renovation on Friday.

Posted: Feb 8, 2019 4:34 PM
Updated: Feb 8, 2019 5:11 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - The Purdue Board of Trustees approved plans to move forward with the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel renovation on Friday.

The PMU has had no significant upgrades since 1953. As News 18 previously reported, renovations will transform more than 89,000 square feet of hotel guest rooms and lobby space. Renovations will include furnishings, fixtures, amenitites and the overall look and feel of the building.

The project also includes the addition of a new formal restaurant and bar. The hotel will completely shut down for one year while all renovations take place. It will close in June of 2019 and reopen again in the summer of 2020.

"We're going to get in and get out and we'll look forward to a transformed hotel and a much more exciting experience at the Purdue Memorial Union Club Hotel," said Michael Cline, Vice President of Administrative Operations for Purdue.

Some members of the board questioned if the one year timeline was too ambitions. Cline said he was confident in their timeline because other hotels who take longer to renovate usually do it in chunks. Whereas the PMU renovations will all be done at once.

He said that while the shutdown will be an inconvenience for people who regularly stay at the hotel, he said they have been getting feedback for a long time that the hotel needs updated.

Cline said it's important to the board to preserve the building's history throughout the renovation process.

"As we transform and modernize we don't lose the charcter of the existing building which is iconic and so important to Purdue students, faculty and alumni," he said.

The renovation will also include the addition of an additional 8,500 square feet to create a new formal restaurant and bar. Students will still have access to the lower food and retail level of the union, but the top level will close.

As we previously reported, the renovation is partially made possible by a $15 million donation from Bruce and Beth White, who own the White Lodging hotel management company. 

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