WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI)- The Union Club Hotel on Purdue's campus is shutting down for one year. The 90-year-old building is undergoing major renovations to modernize the hotel. The university was awarded $30 million in gifts last year to make the project happen.
Purdue officials told News 18 they have been doing their best to try and document the history of the facility, which has been around since 1929, so that its original state is never forgotten.
The last guests to stay in the hotel before renovations will check out on Monday, June 3rd at 3:00 p.m. Once the last guest checks out the hotel will then close its doors to begin construction.
The first process is clearing out all the inventory in the hotel. That includes furniture, artwork, curtains, bedding, etc. The university will host a liquidation sale starting June 8th.
News 18 was told the hotel has been in contact with guests who have already made reservations to stay over the next year. Union officials said they have been calling guests to make sure they are aware the hotel will be closed.
The Union Club is also working with its current employees to help them find other opportunities for the next year, both on and off-campus.
Zane Reif, Senior Director of the Purdue Memorial Union, said the quality of the end product will far outweigh the temporary inconveniences.
"The level of detail and the level of work that's going into these rooms to make this a really quality hotel," Reif said. "This'll be the best place to stay in West Lafayette-Lafayette. You'll want to be here."
Some new aspects to the hotel will include a formal restaurant and bar, and upgrades in furnishings and fixtures. Areas of the Purdue Memorial Union may be included in the construction as well.
News 18 asked officials why the time was right to undergo construction.
"There's never a good time to do something like this. If we said hey let's wait another year, things just keep growing and purdue keeps getting better and better," Reif said.
The Union Club is the largest hotel in Tippecanoe County.
What can we expect during this year-long renovation? Click here to find out.