Designed to enhance the learning experience for conference attendees and provide a stunning waterfront backdrop for gatherings of all sorts, intimate or grand, the facility quickly became an events landmark in the Pacific Northwest. Natural light floods the building at every turn, providing spectacular views of Puget Sound, the Olympic Mountains and iconic Seattle landmarks. The Bay Auditorium, one of Bell Harbor’s most popular meeting rooms, was fashioned after the United Nations auditorium. It offers permanent hardwood tables, tiered seating, and a large stage with state-of-the-art rear-screen projection. Lobbies were specifically designed to facilitate attendee interaction. Exhibit halls and reception venues were strategically located to open onto a 4,000-square-foot exterior deck overlooking Elliott Bay.
Bell Harbor International Conference opened in 1996 with The World Trade Center
across the street soon to follow in 1998. Pier 66 - also known as the Paul Schell Center - continues to be a focal point for business, trade, tourism and recreation.