$30M Gift to Fund Purdue Hotel Renovation

Updated:
The Union Club Hotel was built in 1929. (photo courtesy of Purdue University) The Union Club Hotel was built in 1929. (photo courtesy of Purdue University)
WEST LAFAYETTE -

Purdue University says it plans to use a $30 million gift to transform an existing building into a world-class hotel. The gift from Bruce White, a Purdue alumnus and former trustee, his wife Beth, and the Dean and Barbara White Foundation, will fund the renovation of the Union Club Hotel, which will also serve as a laboratory learning environment for students.

The university says the renovations will feature upgrades in furnishings, fixtures, and amenities for the hotel, as well as an expansion of some rooms to suites. There will be an overhaul of the hotel's entry to include a grand entrance and atrium. The project will also include the addition of a formal restaurant and bar which will give students training and internship opportunities.

The Union Club Hotel was built in 1929 as an addition to the Purdue Memorial Union. A timeline for the renovation efforts has not yet been determined. 

The gift was announced Saturday as part of the Homecoming celebration at Purdue. 

"We couldn’t be more thankful to Bruce and his family. We are excited to work with the White family on this long-needed modernization of our historic Union," said Purdue President Mitch Daniels. "We know our alumni, our future guests, and our faculty and staff will be equally thrilled to see the all new Union Club Hotel come to life."

Bruce White is the founder and chief executive officer of Merrillville-based White Lodging Services Corp. and graduated from Purdue in 1975 with a degree in management. He served on the Purdue Board of Trustees from 2011-2015.

White has made previous donations to the university, including establishing an endowment fund for future Hospitality and Tourism Management students on the West Lafayette campus. Additionally, Purdue University Northwest renamed its hospitality and tourism management program to the White Lodging School of Hospitality and Tourism Management following a gift from the Bruce & Beth White Family Foundation and the Dean & Barbara White Family Foundation.

  • Perspectives

    • Filling the Gap Between Background Checks

      Because I run a background screening company, you might be surprised when I confess that there’s a huge inherent flaw in background screening. The flaw isn’t in our services or our people, both of which are remarkably thorough. The problem is that a background screening captures a moment in time. Whether you screen someone as part of the pre-employment process or check on their background a decade after you’ve hired them, even the most effective background screening...

    More

Subscribe

Name:
Company Name:
Email:
Confirm Email:
HTML
INside Edge
Morning Briefing
BigWigs & New Gigs
Life Sciences Indiana
Indiana Connections
INPower
Subscribe
Unsubscribe

Events



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (photo courtesy of Purdue University)

      Purdue Among 'Top Colleges That Pay Off'

      With the ever-increasing cost of higher education, college students and their parents want to ensure they’re getting a good value for that diploma. A new report from CNBC seems to indicate that students who choose Purdue University will indeed get a return on their investment, especially those who choose engineering. 

    • (Photo Courtesy: Roche Diagnostics)

      Roche VP on List of Influential Women Executives

      An executive with Roche Diagnostics has joined an exclusive list of prominent and influential women, including Oprah Winfrey and Serena Williams.  Cindy Carlisle, Vice President of Human Resources at Roche Indy, was named to Savoy Magazine’s 2019 Most Influential Women in Corporate America. 

    • Shelly Timmons

      IU Health Names New Leader of Neurosurgery

      The Indiana University School of Medicine and IU Health Physicians have named Shelly Timmons to lead the department of neurosurgery. She previously served at Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center as vice chair for administration in the department of neurosurgery and director of neurotrauma.  

    • New Mixed-Use Development Planned for Fishers

      A new mixed-use development is coming to Fishers. Thompson Thrift Retail Group has announced the development of The Station, an office building that is part of an overall project that includes a 150-room hotel, a future retail pad along 116th Street and nearly 40 3-story townhomes.

    • Photo courtesy of White Lodging

      Ribbon Cutting Set for Fort Wayne's Newest Hotel

      Fort Wayne city officials hope a new 136-room hotel overlooking the city’s minor league ballpark will be a big hit for the economy. A ribbon cutting ceremony is scheduled for Thursday morning at the Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton. Merrillville-based developer White Lodging Services Inc. built the hotel adjacent to Parkview Field and the Grand Wayne Convention Center.