Conference & Meeting Center
The Rensselaer Banquet & Conference Facility, a state of the art meeting and events destination, boasts over 32,000 square feet of elegantly appointed space both lavish in style and functional in use.
The meeting center and conference rooms are named for area notables from Troy’s past, most are alumni of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Here you will find the 7,000 square foot Ferris ballroom named for the creator of the Ferris wheel and The Roebling Library, with its cozy fireplace, oriental carpets and leather couches, named for the designer of the Brooklyn Bridge.
Stay connected in the 100 seat “green” amphitheater with full webcasting and telecasting capabilities.
Open your mind to new ideas outside on the private, manicured enclosed lawn, large enough for cocktail receptions, team building, or as the best breakout space imaginable.
Alexander Cassatt (class of 1859) was the President of Pennsylvania Railroad, one of the world’s largest corporations in 1900. He is best known for planning and beginning the project to give Pennsylvania Railroad a station in New York City, otherwise known as Pennsylvania Station.
The Cassat Boardroom is elegantly appointed with a large board table that allows connection of a laptop to a 32” plasma screen in the room. There is also the ability to video-conference from this room. The table is surrounded by ultra-comfortable Herman Miller Mirra chairs that are adjustable and ergonomic.
One of America’s great philanthropists, Margaret Sage endowed the Mechanical & Electrical Engineering Department and financed construction of Russell Sage Laboratory & the Russell Sage Dining Hall at RPI. She is also the founder of the Sage Colleges, in the name of her husband.
The Sage Ballroom offers natural light and an intimate setting for a wedding or social event. This room is also divisible into two sections, each of which can be set for a variety of meeting needs.
Fitzroy Conference Room
Nancy DeLoye Fitzroy (Class of 1949) has spent 37 years with General Electric Co, and is internationally recognized for her contributions to the study of heat transfer and fluid flow. She is an advocate for women in Engineering and was the first woman to lead the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.
Baltimore Conference Room
Garnet Douglass Baltimore (Class of 1881) was the first African American graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He was a noted civil engineer, involved in bridges, railroads & canals as well as a landscape engineer who designed Troy, NY’s Prospect Park.
Ferris Grand Ballroom
George W. Ferris (Class of 1881) was the inventor of the first Ferris Wheel for the 1893 Columbian World’s Fair in Chicago, IL. This first Ferris Wheel was 250 feet high and moved 1,400 people at one time in 36 cars of 40 people each, capacity.
The Ferris Grand Ballroom offers soaring ceilings and elegant cherry wood trim. It is divisible into two rooms, as necessary, with the ability to set the room for a banquet for 600 people. The Hotel offers a variety of linen choices, and all of the china, glassware and silver flatware to set for an elegant affair, or a meeting luncheon.
Washington A. Roebling & Emily Warren Roebling engineered and managed the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge.
The Roebling Library is a sumptuously decorated and intimate setting for a relaxed board reception, or a VIP gathering. The oriental carpets, dark laminate flooring and cozy leather furniture, augmented by a fireplace and plasma screen all add up to a flexible and inviting space suited for any number of events.
Frank C. Osborn (Class of 1880) founded Osborn Engineering in Cleveland, and pioneered the use of reinforced concrete. Frank’s son, Kenneth H. Osborn (Class of 1908) furthered this aim by leading the firm to be the nation’s most noted designer of major league, municipal & collegiate stadiums, including Fenway Park, Yankee Stadium and the original Notre Dame Stadium.
The Osborn Amphitheatre offers videoconferencing and a built in drop-down screen and LCD projector. This room was carefully thought out, with meeting-level acoustics and ergonomic Herman Miller Mirra chairs to aid in a comfortable and distraction-free meeting experience for all guests.
Hoff Conference Room
Marcian ‘Ted’ E. Hoff (Class of 1958) invented the first electronic circuit that combined complicated computer functions on a single silicon chip. For this he gained the moniker, the ‘father of the microprocessor’.
DuMont Conference Room
The foremost inventor & developer of early television technology, Allen DuMont (class of 1924) developed the cathode ray tube as an integral part of the first all-electronic television.
Tomlinson Conference Room
Ray Tomlinson (Class of 1963) implemented the email system that was the first system able to send email between users on different hosts. He used the ‘@’ symbol to accomplish this.