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Purdue’s landmark Union Club Hotel reopens after $35M renovation, now with bar, dining, new management

August 5, 2020

As first guests started checking in Wednesday to the Union Club Hotel in more than a year, the time it took for a $35 million renovation that put the Purdue landmark under new management, Purdue President Mitch Daniels took note of the timing, given an ongoing pandemic.

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“At a time of such huge difficulty for the hotel and hospitality industry, when hotels are vacant or even closing all over the world,” Daniels said, “we are opening a world-class facility here. There’s something, to me, that’s uplifting about that. There’s a little something ‘Boilermaker’ in that.”

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Purdue's Union Club Hotel nears end of $35M renovations, prepares for August reopening

June 12, 2020

The Union Club Hotel, a 91-year old hotel attached to the Purdue Memorial Union, is completing $35 million in renovations, preparing to reopen in August. The hotel closed in 2019 to modernize rooms and create additional dining spaces.

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The Union Club Hotel will reopen Aug. 5 and is already accepting reservations either online or over the phone, Vicki Wicks, hotel general manager said. The hotel is now under management by White Lodging Services, founded by Bruce White, a Purdue alum and former university trustee from 2011 to 2015 who donated the money for renovations.

Read the full article at JC Online.


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Sneak peek: Renovated Union Club Hotel pays 'homage to Purdue'

June 15, 2020

The Union Club Hotel will be “a new era … (of) an elevated hospitality experience” when it reopens in August, General Manager Vicki Wicks said walking through its halls Monday morning. The hotel, which was originally built in phases from 1929-53, has not seen “significant upgrades” since it was last renovated in 2000, according to Purdue. This project is being overseen by the private hotel management company White Lodging.

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All changes, cosmetic and functional, were made with the University in mind, Wicks says. The rooms — all 182 of them — are filled to the brim with “homages to the University.”

Read the full article at The Exponent.


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Purdue University preparing to re-open Union Club Hotel

June 14, 2020

Purdue University's Union Club Hotel is getting ready to re-open on August 5th. The historic hotel closed last May for a face-lift and now the hotel is taking job applications and workers are excited to open its doors.

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It's been a long time coming for the Union Club Hotel on Purdue University's campus.

"This place will continue to last forever just like it has the last 91 years," said Vicki Wicks. 

Read the full article at CBS Lafayette.


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Union Club Hotel at Purdue Names Chef

June 23, 2020

Purdue University has hired Chef AJ Buchanio to oversee all of the culinary offerings at the Union Club Hotel. He most recently served as research and development chef at White Lodging.

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Prior to that, Buchanio served as the chef de cuisine at Magee Homestead.

Read the full article at Inside Indiana Business.

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