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Ballmer Building Event Spaces

The Steve Ballmer Building is a modern, flexible space just minutes from downtown Bellevue and the 520 bridge that offers flexible event spaces, high-tech amenities, and a variety of available services. Perfect for your hackathon, corporate training, or non-profit retreat, we have space available for reservation at competitive rates.

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Key Facts

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.

Add-on Services

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 Prototyping Labs on the second floor to create custom giveaways or prizes for your attendees or VIPs! The Labs 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.

Contact Us

Have questions about hosting an event or any specific details about what the Steve Ballmer Building can offer? Contact Taryn Echert, the GIX assistant director of engagement.


The Steve Ballmer Building is located at 12280 NE District Way in Bellevue, Washington.