Bell Works is a lot of different things. It’s an iconic building with an inspired history. A visionary self-contained metropolis with its own label, metroburb. A community of two million square-feet of businesses, restaurants, and more. It’s also a killer event space for anything from a small meeting to a large festival.
With over 100,000 square feet of highly flexible indoor event space —and an additional 10,000 square feet of space outdoors— Bell Works is now a premier destination for meetings, events, weddings and more.
Just like the original Bell Labs, event spaces here inspires innovation, encourages collaboration and sparks creativity. Now, just how does an organization or event planner get access to these remarkable spaces? Easy. They talk to Tricia Tierney, Director of Events at Bell Works, who is more than happy to help clients utilize this one-of-a-kind destination to create an amazing event.
What kind of event can I book at Bell Works?
Weddings, galas, corporate luncheons, Ted-style speaker events, drone races, movie shoots, festivals and movie screenings – just a small selection of the events Bell Works can accommodate. Tierney and her team rent out everything from the turf fields and the expansive atrium to intimate corporate meeting spaces.
“We are fortunate to have a stunning canvas to create extraordinary events,” says Tierney. “At times, the space speaks for itself and is stunning on its own. For other events, we pair the amazing background with personal touches from the client. This may be to bring in pipe and drape, greenery, or their name in lights — we do it all!”
At its core, Bell Works was created to reframe the relationship between work and community. It was also designed to embrace both the corporate and social worlds. The Bell Works event team is adept at juggling where corporate ends and social begins, helping create memorable meetings and exceptional gatherings.
Whether it’s a sales conference, a gala dinner, or a product launch, these bespoke spaces provide a novel approach on how to bring people together in productive and meaningful ways.
How far ahead should I book?
For corporate events, Tierney recommends a lead time of at least six months, and up to a year in advance for larger events. For smaller team meetings and social events, you can reach out to contract the space up to the week prior to the event.
“As long as we have the meeting space,” says Tierney, “We are happy to contract it for your meeting or event.”
There’s more than 60,000 square feet of highly flexible meeting space, including a 320-seat amphitheater, multiple break-out rooms for smaller groups to brainstorm, and abundant pre-function areas. Cutting edge —but easy to use— audio and video equipment is integrated into all of these rooms, providing the perfect environment to bring every presentation to life.
And once you have the space booked, that’s when it’s time to get every detail right. And Tierney and team are ready to help with that too, with innovative, flexible solutions to work for you and the nuances of your event.
“You can cozy up your event space with soft seating and lounge areas or designate open space to relax and refresh on break for an afternoon yoga session. The sky’s the limit with our flexible event space,” she says.
One of the most stunning examples of these flexible locations is The Ballroom at Bell Works: With floor-to-ceiling park views and natural lighting, it’s ideal for general or large educational sessions, conference dining, private parties or weddings. In the evenings, color-changing lights can be styled for your event’s theme. And there isn’t a column to block anyone’s view.
“Our ballroom is over 13,000 square feet featuring all glass walls, a tall ceiling and no-air walls. It’s very unique for this area,” says Tierney.
The tall ceilings and straight lines of the ballroom provide a blank canvas that can be transformed into anything your imagination can dream up. Like an outer space themed Halloween party with stilt walkers and LED glowing rollerbladers. Check out the party pics from Out of This World here. Or a Havana-themed holiday party with a live band, multiple bars and even a cigar rolling station. Both events were designed and styled by Bell Works’ Creative Director Paola Zamudio.
If the ballroom is designed to wow audiences, then the the atrium is designed to bring them together. It’s the heart of Bell Works and many events held here are open to the public, like the weekly Bell Works Fresh farmers’ and makers’ market, and the monthly Fitness With The Works events.
“The Atrium truly speaks to the energy of the metroburb vision,” says Tierney. “It comes to life daily with our tenants, local community and special events.”
An example of these one-of-a-kind special events in the atrium was the recent Mardi Gras celebration, which Tierney says was a huge success with record attendance. The space was transformed into the famous French Quarter for one night with New Orleans-themed bites from Bell Works restaurants Mezza Luna and Estrella Azul; entertainers, live painting and a Mardi Gras-themed makeup bar; and NOLA cocktails, raw bar and Po’ Boy counter by Bell Market. And in the past it’s hosted everything from the Hope for Children Foundation’s Mix, Mingle, & Jingle Wine Tasting to ESPN’s Drone Racing League.
Say bye-bye to a basic event and hello to a one-of-a-kind experience when you book your next meeting or event at Bell Works.