In a sea of city construction, new event spaces are popping up.
The recent boom of construction in Columbus is finally beginning to produce more than just a miserable commute. With all the sleek new buildings popping up across the city comes a plethora of new meeting venues. Whether you’re trying to impress investors or show your employees a good time, location is everything when it comes to events. The setting of your gatherings is as much a part of the occasion as whom you invite and what you say.
Why settle for the same stuffy conference room when there are up-and-coming spaces offering dynamic, adaptable spaces that will provide an experience for your guests? Here are three examples that each have their own unique offerings.Stay up to date with the region’s movers and shakers, top employers, philanthropic causes, real estate developments and thriving creative and startup scenes. Subscribe to Columbus CEO’s weekly newsletter.
National Veterans Memorial and Museum
You could host your next event inside a touching piece of our nation’s history. Opened on Oct. 27 last year, the museum hosts corporate events, veterans’ reunions, weddings and anything in between. Some spaces have projector setups while others can be laid out for dinners.
The premier event space, the Great Hall, is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows that provide a beautiful view of the city. But for a truly breathtaking sight, you’ll have to book their rooftop space. Able to accommodate 1,000 people, the roof is complete with an amphitheater and a 360-degree look at the Columbus skyline and the lush Scioto greenway. “You are in this completely historic, unprecedented architectural design,” says Amy Taylor, COO of Columbus Downtown Development Corp. “But one of the best parts of the architectural design is what it allows you to have in looking at the city and the skyline.”
The structure was definitely built to impress. Its grandeur would do well for more formal events but could prove to be a downside for those seeking a casual atmosphere. The museum has a seamless flow between event spaces and exhibits, which, while impressive, may prove to be too heavy for more lighthearted happenings.
Details: Events ranging from 30 to 1,000 people
Spaces: The Great Hall seats 200 guests for dinner, 600 for a reception; The Rooftop seats 600 guests for dinner, 1,000 for a reception; Franklin County Meeting Room seats 60 guests at classroom tables, 30 for a board meeting; Gallery 33 seats 40 guests for dinner, 75 for a reception
Booking contact: Victoria Boczkowski, (614) 362-2800, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center at Gravity
On the far end of the spectrum from the National Veterans Memorial and Museum, you’ll find Gravity. This new live-in community in Franklinton boasts a robust but exceedingly casual event space called The Center.
There are also outdoor spaces, including two rooftop venues, a food truck alley and a movie screen on the side of the parking garage. Coupled with an easily customized footprint and a full bar, these features allow for a wide variety of events. The only thing this space can’t do is formal, so you would have better luck elsewhere for board meetings or shareholder presentations.
More in line with the community’s intended purpose are lunches, breakout meetings or workshops. Events that can engage the residents of Franklinton, like campaign kickoffs and product launches would be even better. The all-purpose, “live, work, play” nature of Gravity means there is a built-in audience for such events. “We’re not trying to be just an isolated bubble in the community. We want to be part of that fabric,” says Patrick Cline, a Gravity consultant. “And a big important piece to that is making sure that we can make it approachable and connected to the wider community.”
Details: Events ranging from 10 to 1,000 people
Spaces: The Center is the only indoor space, max 150 people; Event Lawn, Rooftop, Garage Rooftop and Food Truck Alley
Booking Contact: gravityproject.com/event-booking; Events@GravityProject.com
The Terrace, a new Short North location from Cameron Mitchell Premier Events, is the perfect spot for more niche events.
A large patio space, comfortable seating and modern design overlooking High Street make it a great place for intimate gatherings. Plus, its location above Del Mar SoCal Kitchen and below Lincoln Social Rooftop, two Cameron Mitchell restaurants, means there are some great options for catering. Private dinners are definitely one of its strengths.
The Terrace does have its limitations, however. No on-site audiovisual system and an atmosphere that oozes trendy means the event options are narrow. Like Gravity, this may not be the place for your black-tie events or more conservative clients.
While it doesn’t have the flexibility or variety of the other locations, the Terrace certainly does its thing well. A major advantage of the location is the Cameron Mitchell team, which has plenty of experience in pulling off classy affairs. The Terrace is one of their four locations for a variety of gatherings. They offer full event coordination, helping you every step of the way with planning, logistics and execution.
Details: Holds up to 100 guests for dinner, 200 for a reception
Cost: $50-$150 per person. Rental fee is $1000 on weekdays and $3,500 on Saturday nights
Booking Contact: Jenny James at 614-848-4700
Nicholas Youngblood is an intern for Dispatch Magazines.