Meydenbauer Center's convenient location in the heart of the greater Seattle area makes it a perfect location for groups looking to attract attendees from througout the region. Located just 9 miles east of Seattle and with easy access from I-405, I-90 and Highway 520 getting to Bellevue is easy for you and your guests.
Meydenbauer Center's experienced events team makes planning meetings, conventions, banquets, fundraisers and tradeshows a breeze and your event a success. Meydenbauer Center is one of the largest and most flexible event venues in Bellevue, WA. Whether you are looking for space for 6 or 3,500, the convention center can be transformed to meet your specific event needs. From Conventions and Meetings, to Banquet and Auctions and Tradeshows our experienced event planning team is ready to help you work out the details. With a convenient location just off the highway in downtown Bellevue, WA, your guests will have easy access to the venue from all over the Puget Sound region.Source : Venue Website
Mar 24, 2016
Meydenbauer Center Completes $12.5 Million Renovation
Bellevue, WA (March 4, 2016) Meydenbauer Center (www.meydenbauer.com), originally built in 1993 as the second largest convention facility in the Greater Seattle area, has completed substantial renovations to its interior and exterior. Transforming the Center Hall Lobby and the fourth floor meeting rooms, and refreshing the facility’s exterior have created a more inviting, tech-forward space that matches the innovation and sophistication Bellevue is known for. The overall feel of the refreshed Meydenbauer Center with its abundance of natural wood, warm color palette, artistic lighting and comfortable seating areas provides a welcoming atmosphere that unlocks the value of person-to-person connections and helps professionals thrive.
As part of the renovation, Meydenbauer Center has also modernized its logo; ensuring its total look reflects the modern and tech-influence in the community it serves. A streamlined version of its original logo, the new brand features modern lines, colors and a welcoming feel.
“Since Meydenbauer opened 23 years ago, Bellevue has developed into a vibrant urban city that is home to several major corporations and ambitious start-ups,” said Stacy Graven, executive director of Meydenbauer Center. “Bellevue has attracted a number of top hotel properties that serve the corporate guest as well as leisure travelers seeking a safe, clean, modern and upscale experience. Meydenbauer Center’s recent renovation elevates the convention center’s interior and provides a new level of finishes and technology that is consistent with our hotel partners.”
Aug 5, 2015
Press Release-Meydenbauer Capital Improvements Plan
Bellevue, WA (August 5, 2015) Meydenbauer Center (www.meydenbauer.com), the Puget Sound region’s second largest convention facility, today announced plans to advance a $12.5 million capital improvements plan that will fund much-needed exterior and interior improvements to the facility.
As confirmed by the City of Bellevue’s finance department, the $12.5 million Meydenbauer Center capital improvement program does not require any contribution from the City’s general fund. Instead, Bellevue City Council approved a transfer to the Bellevue Convention Center Authority of approximately $4.1 million from the proceeds of the sale of the Old Convention Center Site currently held in reserves. In addition, the Council approved support from the City in the form of bond funding, which will allow the Center to secure the best possible interest rates. The Center will cover the debt service for the bonds within its own dedicated revenue streams.
“Investing in the future is critical as we continue to grow and meet our clients’ changing needs,” said Meydenbauer Center Board Chair Rick Carlson. “While still in generally great shape, the reality is that Meydenbauer is a 20-year-old facility that needs investment from time-to-time to ensure it operates competitively and efficiently. We hoped to begin some of these projects about 10 years ago, but the Great Recession prevented that from happening. Now, the timing is right to put this back on the table and ensure Meydenbauer continues to be an important economic development engine for the Eastside and the region now and in the years to come.”
Capital Reinvestment Projects
Meydenbauer Center is a self-sustaining facility that operates as a Public Development Authority. Revenues generated from direct charges to facility users, catering, meeting services and Bellevue hotel/motel taxes fund its operating expenses.
The new capital reinvestment projects will focus on interior and exterior improvements to both the structural health of the facility and regional/national competitiveness of the convention center.
These capital reinvestment projects include:
Meydenbauer Center plans to begin work in June 2015 and finish by September 2015. This timing will minimize client disruption since work will be taking place during the slower summer months, and it also allows time to accomplish the architectural design, construction bidding and other preparations.
Meydenbauer Center: 20 Years Fueling the Eastside & the Region
In 2013, Meydenbauer celebrated its 20th anniversary. This milestone was a time to celebrate two decades of economic development, performance art and community gatherings, as well as a time to reflect on the future of the Center as a leader and partner in a growing and diversifying Eastside community.
Meydenbauer is the greater Seattle area’s second largest convention facility. It includes 54,000 square-feet of event space, including a 36,000 square-foot Center Hall, nine meeting rooms totaling 12,000 square-feet, a 2,500 square-foot Executive Conference Suite and a 410-seat performing arts theatre.
Last year alone, Meydenbauer hosted 353 conventions and events and welcomed more than 177,000 attendees, generating $34.5 million in economic impact. The Theatre at Meydenbauer provided a venue for 159 local and regional artistic performances and hosted more than 40,000 patrons.
Through its performing arts Theatre, Meydenbauer also reflects the increasing cultural diversity of the region through groups like the Asian American Performing Arts Theatre, Bolly Steps Dance Studio, Hwa Sheng Chinese Opera and many others that thrive at the Theatre.
“We opened Meydenbauer Center back in 1993 as a venue to cultivate culture and community – a place where Bellevue could host large events, national conferences and public forums,” said Robert Wallace, one of Meydenbauer Center’s founding board members. “Fast forward 20 years and downtown Bellevue is a regional economic force – and Meydenbauer Center has played a significant role in its evolution.”
Since opening, Meydenbauer Center hosted more than 7,600 events and contributed more than $390 million in economic impact to the City of Bellevue.
“Strong financial performance has always been at the heart of our planning and operational goals,” said Stacy Graven, Meydenbauer Center’s executive director since 1994. “We have to manage downturns and recessions just like any business, but we work hard to make sure we rebound well and regain our competitive edge. In fact, 2014 is on track to be one of our best financial years to date.”
Convention Sports Leisure, a leading consulting firm specializing in the convention, sport, entertainment and visitor industries, released a study last year that highlighted Meydenbauer Center as a national industry leader in financial operating performance compared with 10 similar venues locally and around the country. The Center currently ranks fourth highest nationally in operating revenue and third highest in revenue per square foot.
Mar 18, 2015
Meydenbauer Center closing for summer renovations
Bellevue, WA (March 18, 2015) The Bellevue Convention Center Authority expects to award bids next week for the Meydenbauer Center’s $12.5-million renovation, closing the venue through the summer for construction.
“For the first time in 20 years, the Meydenbauer Center will be closed,” said BCCA Chairman Rick Carlson to the city council on Monday.
Carlson said the BCCA board expects to award bids at their March 24 meeting, which includes interior, exterior and technology upgrades. He added the exterior color of the Meydenbauer Center will be changed to better match with the Bravern buildings clustered around it.
Executive Director Stacy Graven began reviewing the bids on Tuesday, said Sharon Linton, marketing and communications manager for Visit Bellevue, adding a complete design won’t be known until next week.
“We don’t have a design until we know what we can afford,” she said. “We have a lot of great sketches, right now, but some of them might have to come off the table.”
Construction is expected to start June 15 and take 88 days to complete, the center already booked for an event the day after. Linton said a summer construction schedule works because hotels are busiest while the center sees less usage.
“People don’t always want to get together and go to meetings in the summer,” she said. “It’s the best time to do it, but it’s still hard to have it offline for 88 days.”
Oct 28, 2013
Meydenbauer Center Celebrates 20 Years As Economic Engine for Bellevue & the Eastside
Bellevue, WA (October 28, 2013) Twenty years ago, Bellevue civic leaders celebrated a
major milestone for its emerging downtown: the opening of its first convention and events
center. Named for early Bellevue settler William Meydenbauer, the Center opened in fall of
1993 near Interstate 405.
Over the past two decades, Meydenbauer Center has stayed true to its purpose of providing
economic stimulation to the Bellevue community through new jobs, tax revenues and
commercial activity. Since opening, Meydenbauer Center hosted more than 7,600 events and
contributed more than $390M in economic impact to the City of Bellevue.
“We opened Meydenbauer Center back in 1993 as a venue to cultivate culture and community
– a place where Bellevue could host large events, national conferences and public forums,” said
Robert Wallace, one of Meydenbauer Center’s founding board members. “Fast forward 20
years and downtown Bellevue is a regional economic force – and Meydenbauer has played a
significant role in its evolution.”
The Center currently includes 54,000 sq. ft. of large, functional space consisting of, a 36,000 sq.
ft. Center Hall, 12,000 sq. ft. of meeting rooms, a 410-seat sloped theatre, a 2,500 sq. ft.
executive conference suite and 434 parking spaces.
Meydenbauer Center is proud to be a self-sustaining facility that uses no general funds or taxes
from Bellevue residents. Operated as a Public Development Authority, the Center’s operating
expenses are funded by revenues generated from direct charges to facility users, catering,
meeting services and Bellevue hotel/motel taxes.
“Strong financial performance has always been at the heart of our planning and operational
goals,” said Stacy Graven, Meydenbauer Center’s executive director since 1994. “We have to
manage downturns and recessions just like any business, but we work hard to make sure we
rebound well and regain our competitive edge. In fact, 2013 is on track to be one of our best
financial years to-date.”
Convention Sports Leisure, a leading consulting firm specializing in the convention, sport,
entertainment and visitor industries, released a study early this year that highlighted
Meydenbauer Center as a national industry leader in financial operating performance
compared with 10 similar venues locally and around the country.
The Center ranks 4th nationally in highest operating revenue and 3rd highest in revenue per
Two Decades of Convention Business Blossoms as Downtown Booms
A convention center was a daring new concept for Bellevue in 1993 and while Meydenbauer
Center’s founders set what they felt were lofty operating benchmarks for the new facility, the
Center quickly outpaced its growth projections.
“Our first operational plan projected just 137 events and 76,000 attendees annually – we
quickly exceeded these numbers and proved we could have an impact on expanding and
attracting business and opportunity for Bellevue,” said Graven. “Things changed significantly,
however, once companies like Microsoft and Expedia invested in significant downtown office
space. Our volume and demand changed after that. “
With nearly 50% of annual events now stemming from corporate clients, Meydenbauer
regularly hosts conferences and meetings for business clients that include Boeing, Microsoft,
Expedia, Costco, Paccar, and more. It also hosts a range of smaller-scale events for a wide
range of groups and organizations – from cheerleading competitions to knitting shows.
Its community fundraising events alone have raised more than $94 million for programs that
benefit education, at-risk youth, health care, literacy, animal welfare, housing and feeding
those in need. In addition, its community performing arts theatre has hosted more than 1,100
events for nearly 658,000 attendees.
Meydenbauer Takes On ‘Visit Bellevue Washington’, Centralizes Citywide Destination Marketing
Backed by a healthy, vibrant downtown, Bellevue’s tourism continues to grow. To support
these efforts, Meydenbauer Center recently launched ‘Visit Bellevue Washington’ to help tell
Bellevue’s story, increase the number of travelers to the city and boost tourist spending.
“We estimate that in 2012 alone, more than 1.3million visitors spent an estimated $620 million
in Bellevue,” said Graven. “The Visit Bellevue Washington mission is to inform these important
visitors about all there is to see and do in our great city. Our vision is to help ensure Bellevue
retains and grows this important revenue from our expanding base of convention and leisure
Revenue stemming from 2012 Bellevue tourism resulted in $5.9 million in city of Bellevue
sales and B & O tax revenue, more than 9,759 jobs and $336 million in wages.
Looking Ahead: The Next 20 Years for Meydenbauer Center
As Meydenbauer Center leadership looks to the future, evolution and change remain at the
forefront, ensuring the Center stays competitive as the Eastside market continues to grow.
The Bellevue Convention Center Authority Board of Directors, which is the Public
Development Authority that owns and oversees Meydenbauer Center, will continue evaluating
these changes as it helps staff plan for the future.
“Investing in the future is critical as we continue to meet our client’s needs,” said Meydenbauer
Center Board Chair, Rick Carlson. “The board and staff are currently contemplating necessary
capital reinvestments to the 20-year-old facility to bring its interiors, finishes and technology
up-to-date in order to remain competitive in the marketplace.”
Carlson added, “Meydenbauer Center’s location has also become more central to downtown
Bellevue’s day-to-day commerce. In fact, Meydenbauer Center’s ability to bring in large
convention business over the past two decades has been a key driver for downtown’s hotel
and retail boom. Then you add our new City Hall, Microsoft and the Bravern – as well as the
potential future Metro site development and Bellevue light rail station – these are all key signs
additional growth is on the horizon. Our job is to be ready for it.”
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