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Facilities Update
Pure Space, Portland's Newest Event Venue, Open For Bookings

Early Events at Pearl District Facility Earn Strong Feedback From Hosts, Caterers

Pure Space, Portland’s newest event and meeting venue, is ready to fill its calendar with bookings after staging successful early events for corporations, VIPs, school fundraisers and brides-to-be in its first two months of operation. Conveniently located on the Pearl’s west side at Northwest 14th & Overton, and with more than 650 parking places and streetcar access nearby, Pure Space already has hosted events for guests ranging from 20 to nearly 1,000. The facility has 10,000 sq. ft. of flat space, roughly equivalent to two NBA-size basketball courts, plus a fully-equipped VIP mezzanine. It has two sides of solid glass walls and an arched ceiling that rises above 25 ft.

“Pure Space is the city’s newest and most flexible meeting space where you can create whatever environment you desire, from elegant receptions to industry conferences,” said Duane Smith, president of West Coast Event Productions (WCEP) which operates Pure Space. Celebrating its 30th year, WCEP has grown to become Oregon’s largest event rental and design company and one of the top 30 nationwide. Pure Space has more than a dozen approved caterers, including Art of Catering in Portland. “We are excited to have a venue that can accommodate this many guests, and look forward to sharing it with our clients,” said Jen Loveland, Art of Catering’s Senior Event Coordinator. “It is a very user-friendly catering space, and we were able to create an intimate meeting environment in a large space.”

Unlike most hotel and convention center venues, Pure Space is easily accessible for guests, suppliers, caterers and exhibitors on a flat city block corner with multiple double-door entrances and loading areas. Pure Space is equipped with standard lighting and sound systems that can be enhanced to large-scale lighting and special effects for major events. It has a large-capacity electrical distribution system along all four walls for multi-exhibit trade shows and events, and offers 200 internet connections. Just a block away from Pure Space, WCEP maintains its primary warehouse of furniture, décor, lighting, tents, audio-visual equipment and supplies, which is used by WCEP staff to stage more than 10,000 events a year.

Pure Space can be reserved by contacting Elizabeth Hermann, director of Sales, or Danette Papke, event sales manager, at (503) 294.0412.
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