The Steve Ballmer Building has a wide variety of rooms and spaces for reservation, including small break-out rooms, large traditional and flipped classrooms, and a customizable 200-person space.
Our event manager will work closely with you throughout the planning process to ensure your needs are met, and day-of, you will be assigned an event liaison to ensure your event runs smoothly.
All room rates include A/V equipment; Every room is equipped with at least one monitor and/or projection screen, and most have your choice of handheld or lapel microphones (see room details below). Custom setup and arrangement of furniture requests is provided in your rental. Your rental includes the use of our kitchenette, which has a sink, microwaves, refrigerators, and prep space. Directional signage will guide guests from our free parking garage below the building to your event on the floors above.
Have questions about renting space in the Steve Ballmer Building? Contact our dedicated event manager.
Photography and Event Marketing
We offer the unique chance to work with our in-house photographer and videographer to receive the best event coverage. Full-coverage event photography and limited videography is available for the duration of your event, including audience candids, speaker portraits, event programming, and more in a way that best showcases your event in the Steve Ballmer Building.
Work with our photographer and receive day-of access to selected photographs for fast sharing to social media. All photos will be delivered in high-resolution formats that are appropriate for web, print, and other use without attribution or license restrictions.
We are able to rent additional technology, including a portable projector and screen, easels, mobile or tabletop whiteboards, laptops, or even a language translation booth and equipment. We can also provide a dedicated, onsite AV tech to help with any technology needs.
We can provide limited refreshment services, including coffee, tea, and water for up to 40 people with an additional fee. If you’d like additional support with catering, we are able to coordinate the ordering and day-of execution, setup, and cleaning of external catering vendors. Work with our recommended caterers or your own and your event liaison can provide logistics details to the caterer before your event. Note: the event organizer will be responsible for all vendor payments.
Want to create a truly memorable, unique experience? Partner with the GIX makerspace on the second floor to create custom giveaways or prizes for your attendees or VIPs! The makerspace crew is able to create 3d-printed objects, laser-etched awards, and more. Contact us to learn about options and pricing.
Sponsorship for Technology Events
The Steve Ballmer Building is home to the Global Innovation Exchange, which offers graduate degrees in technology innovation through the University of Washington and Tsinghua University. Does your event relate to cutting edge technology, entrepreneurship, design thinking, or related topics? Contact us today to discuss possible sponsorship of your rental costs by the UW Master of Science in Technology Innovation graduate degree.
We are aware of the ever-changing and unique challenges brought about by the coronavirus situation and are dedicated to helping your event run as smoothly as possible within the guidelines provided by the state and other authorities. We are not charging cancellation fees for events that need changes as a result of the coronavirus situation, and are flexible with date changes.
We are uniquely positioned to help your event succeed within public safety guidelines. We can provide your guests with face masks, our staff regularly clean the spaces with approved solutions, and our rooms are large enough to accommodate social distancing. If you prefer to host a hybrid-online event, contact us to learn how our rooms are easily adaptable for this need.
Have questions about hosting an event or any specific details about what the Steve Ballmer Building can offer? Contact Taryn Echert, the GIX event manager.
The Steve Ballmer Building is located at 12280 NE District Way in Bellevue, Washington.