- General Questions
- Technical/AV Questions
- Available Furnishings
General Questions How do I check availability?
Please complete Availability Request form
above. A Chamber team member will review your request and contact you with further information. If your date is available, you will receive a link that contains required reservation forms and directions on how to make a deposit.
What are the capacity and dimensions of the Microsoft Events Center?
The Events Center can be divided into three separate rooms that accommodate groups of 28-49 people at banquet rounds. When combined, the Events Center can accommodate 119-seated attendees. Standing capacity is 148. (See "Floor Plan" above for seating configurations)
Is parking available in the building?
Valet parking is available in the Rainier Square Garage, located on Union Street between 5th and 4th Avenue. Additional parking can be found at a variety of nearby parking structures. Do you validate parking?
Unfortunately, the Chamber does not
validate visitor parking. For Rainier Square Garage parking rates or to purchase validation stickers for your event, please contact Republic Parking at (206) 624-7040. What is your policy on after-hours events?
Events Center operating hours are 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Events outside these hours must have Chamber staff present. If you are planning an after-hours event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to check staff availability. After hours rates may apply. The Rainier Tower—which includes the Chamber and the Microsoft Events Center—is not open to the public on weekends. How do attendees access the 15th Floor after business hours?
The Rainier Tower is open from 6:00 am – 6:00 pm, Monday-Friday. The main entrance doors on 5th Avenue lock at 6:00 pm, but the entrances to Rainier Square along 4th Avenue stay open until about 10:00 pm. After-hours attendees must enter Rainier Square on 4th Avenue proceed southeast to the 12-24 FL elevator bank. I want to serve food for my event. What catering options are available?
The Chamber has partnered with a list of select caterers to choose from when serving food at your event. These caterers are familiar with the Microsoft Events Center, ensuring a more seamless experience for your event. If there is a caterer not on the list that you’d like to use, you are welcome to do so for a fee ($100 members/$150 nonmembers). (See "Catering" above for a list of approved caterers). May we serve alcohol at our event?
Per Washington State law, a banquet permit must be displayed if alcohol will be served at your event. Selling alcohol is not permitted. If your caterer does not have a banquet permit, you must purchase one for your event. Please visit the Washington State Liquor Control Board for more information. When you purchase your banquet permit online, an email copy of it is sent to your local liquor enforcement office. Officers can visit gatherings, so it is important that you sign and post a copy of your permit at the location where you will be serving the alcohol at your event.
Technical questions I have a PowerPoint presentation. Do you have a projection screen?
Each speaker's podium has an attached laptop connected to a ceiling-mounted projector and screen (click to download floor plan). An attached touchscreen Creston console guides presenters through a step-by-step tutorial for PowerPoint set up. From here, users can control lighting, select displays, set volume, and operate window shades from one single screen. Please contact email@example.com
for a full list of available audio-visual equipment.
Can I use my own laptop?
Using our attached laptops is the best way to connect to our system. We cannot guarantee the performance of outside AV and/or electronic equipment and recommend you bring your presentation on a USB drive to use on the laptop provided as a backup. The Microsoft Events Center does not provide cables, chargers, etc. for operating systems other than Microsoft Windows.
Does the Events Center have conference call capabilities?
Each meeting room has a phone jack and a Polycom speaker phone available. Renting parties must have their own conference call account/subscription to use.
What about Skype™ calls?
Renting parties may use the provided laptops or the free-standing 60” touchscreen MondoPad (latter subject to availability) for video calls. The renting party must sign-in to a unique Skype account to use this service. The Chamber does not provide Skype credits or subscriptions for outside parties. Please see Skype's support page
to learn how to add contacts for video calls.
Available Furnishings Can I use a table for name tags/registration?
Yes, the Chamber has a 5' x 3' rectangular table available for events registration at no additional charge.
Are there flip charts/markers/pens I can use?
We ask that outside parties provide their own meeting materials.