Using the NCSA building for events

Several rooms at the NCSA building are available for meetings, conferences, workshops, and other events. The space is primarily intended for NCSA-sponsored events; other campus events will be accommodated if they do not conflict with regular NCSA operations or with NCSA-sponsored events. Base support includes local audio with mics, connection to projector, presentation laptop and a technician to remain with the event for the duration.

[NOTE: There is no public event space available at the National Petascale Computing Facility.]

Hours of availability

The NCSA building is open Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. (with the exception of University holidays). The building's doors are programmed to lock after 5 p.m., so use of the building outside standard business hours requires advance notification/approval of facilities manager Tedra Tuttle (ttuttle@ncsa.illinois.edu).

Available space

The following areas of the NCSA building can be used for events. While there is no charge for the space itself, there are charges for all audio-visual services. When requesting space using the form at events.ncsa.illinois.edu you will be asked about your audiovisual needs and to provide a University account number; a cost estimate will be provided when you complete the request form.

Auditorium (NCSA 1122)
NCSA auditorium

Seats 196. Fixed auditorium seats with fold-down desktops face a stage and podium at front; the stage also can accommodate a panel of speakers (up to 8), although tables and chairs for this configuration must be rented from Facilities & Services. The room layout cannot be reconfigured. Suitable for seminars, lectures, etc. No food and drink permitted.

Equipment/services available:

  • 20’ Floor-to-ceiling projection screen
  • VGA connection to HD projector
  • Presentation laptop running Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 3.5mm mini jack at podium for audio from laptop
  • 2 wireless lapel mics
  • 1 wired mic at podium
  • 2 wireless Q&A mics
  • 4 push-to-talk mics for panels up to eight people on stage (Event Coordinators are responsible for chairs, tables and table skirts)
  • Telephone interface for conference line
  • Videoconference with HD Polycom
  • Webcast and/or recording archive with Wirecast
  • Mixed audio feed for videographers
  • Web conferencing with WebEx or Lync
  • Event photography
Instructional Lab A (NCSA 1030)
Room 1030

Seats 50 in a classroom setting with long tables, chairs, and a podium at front. The room layout cannot be reconfigured. Suitable for workshop, training, lecture. No food and drink permitted.

Equipment/services available:

  • 20’ projection screen
  • 2 HD projectors
  • 1 standard definition projector
  • VGA and HDMI connections to projectors at podium
  • Presentation laptop running Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 3.5mm mini jack at podium for audio from laptop
  • 1 wireless lapel mic
  • 1 wireless handheld mic
  • 1 wired podium mic
  • 25 push-to-talk tabletop mics
  • Telephone interface for conference line
  • Videoconferencing with HD Polycom and EagleEye Director cameras
  • Web conferencing with WebEx or Lync
  • Webcast and/or recording archive with Wirecast
  • Mixed audio feed for videographers
  • Event photography
Instructional Lab B (NCSA 1040)
Room 1040

Seats 50 in a classroom setting with long tables, chairs, and a podium at front. Suitable for workshop, training, lecture. There is an inexpensive option for NCSA staff ONLY to use this instructional room with limited service. Contact eventservices@ncsa.illinois.edu for details on this option. No food and drink permitted.

Equipment/services available:

  • 20’ projection screen
  • 1 HD projector
  • VGA and HDMI connection to projector
  • Presentation laptop running Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 3.5mm mini jack at podium for audio from laptop
  • Event photography
Executive conference room (NCSA 1104)
Room 1104

Seats 20 around a large conference table. Suitable for meetings. No food and drink permitted.

Equipment/services available:

  • 20’ projection screen
  • 1 HD projector
  • VGA and HDMI connection to projector
  • Presentation laptop running Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 3.5mm mini jack for audio from laptop
  • CX3000 Polycom speaker phone
  • Event photography
Conference room 3000
Room 3000

Seats 13 at V-shaped conference tables. The room layout cannot be reconfigured. Suitable for small virtual meetings. Contact eventservices@ncsa.illinois.edu to book space/services. No food and drink permitted.

Equipment/services available:

  • 13’ projection screen
  • 2 standard definition projectors
  • VGA connection to projector
  • Presentation laptop running Windows 7 and Office 2010
  • 3.5mm mini jack for audio from laptop
  • Telephone interface for conference line
  • Tabletop mics for 13 people
  • Videoconferencing with HD Polycom
  • Web conferencing with WebEx or Lync
  • Webcast and/or recording archive with MediaPOINTE
  • Event photography
Lobby/Atrium
NCSA atrium

Seats 86 at small café tables; maximum capacity 292 for a standing room-only event. Suitable for receptions, boxed lunches, buffets. The lobby furniture cannot be removed and can be minimally reconfigured; event organizers will be responsible for any desired rearrangement of the furniture. Additional furniture—such as long tables for catering or additional trash cans for box lunches—must be ordered from campus Facilities & Services or your event caterer. A reception desk is available for registration/check-in. Available equipment includes a wireless mic/PA.

How to request space

Space and audio-visual services can be requested up to one year before an event and must be requested at least one month before an event. To initiate a request, go to events.ncsa.illinois.edu and use your University email address to log in.

Your request will be reviewed based on availability of the faciliting, conflicting NCSA-sponsored events, A/V staff availability, etc. You should receive a response to your request within two weeks.

Food and drink

Food and drink are not allowed in the auditorium and instructional labs, rooms 1030 and 1040.

NCSA does not provide catering services. If you contract for catering service, please notify facilities manager Tedra Tuttle to request a date/time when catering equipment can be dropped off without disrupting other events. All catering equipment must be removed from the NCSA building immediately following an event.

The sponsoring unit is responsible for cleaning the food service and consumption area and for removing all litter. When boxed lunches will be served, the event organizer must provide additional trash bins. Contact Facilities & Services Public Functions to request trash receptacles.

Alcoholic beverages may be possessed and consumed at approved events. The appropriate forms may be obtained from the Campus Administrative Manual - Section VIII - 10 or http://cam.illinois.edu/viii/VIII-10.htm.

  • Use Form A, if alcohol will be sold or included in the registration fee.
  • Use Form B, if you are only serving alcohol.

Prior to your event a copy of your approved alcohol form must be provided to the NCSA Facilities director: Tedra Tuttle, 1008 NCSA, MC-257.

Safety

During public events the safety of attendees and the facilities in use are the responsibility of the sponsoring unit. Attendance at any event is limited to the stated capacity of the reserved space.

Parking

Metered parking is available near the NCSA building on Clark Street, in the parking garage just north of NCSA, and on other surrounding streets. Rates are 75 cents/hour, and the meters accept quarters, dimes, nickels and dollar coins. While you can park all day in the garage, time limits for surrounding streets are usually two hours. Please note that there is no free parking, and that all nearby public parking requires coins.

Questions?

If you have questions about using NCSA space, please contact Facilities manager Tedra Tuttle (ttuttle@ncsa.illinois.edu). For audio-visual service questions, contact eventservices@ncsa.illinois.edu.