Who We Are
The Palmer Events Center (PEC) is a multi-purpose venue nestled next to Butler Park with a gorgeous view of downtown Austin. We are in close proximity to a strong cluster of hotels with 11,000 guest rooms.
Our venue features a flexible floor plan with 125,000 gross square feet. Its two column-free exhibit halls provide 70,000 sq. ft. and its covered outdoor canopies offer an additional 50,000 sq. ft.
The Palmer Events Center (PEC) actually dates back to 1940 when the City of Austin purchased an airplane hangar on the south shores of Town Lake. The hangar was then converted into an all-purpose City Coliseum that opened to the public in 1949. Approval from voters for a whole new structure, the Lester E. Palmer Events Center, went through in the 1998 bond election. This vote brought to life what many know today as the PEC.
We are 100 percent powered by renewable energy from Austin Energy’s Green Choice Program. Our comprehensive recycling, reuse, and composting program diverts 50 percent of all waste generated from landfills.
The central mission of the Austin Convention Center Department is to provide outstanding event facilities and services to our customers, so they can have a positive experience.
Our PRIDE guides us in hosting citywide conventions and conferences that help shape Austin every day, keeping the city moving forward.
Public Service & Engagement - We will partner with one another and with our community to provide the best service possible.
Responsibility & Accountability - We take responsibility for achieving results and hold ourselves accountable for our actions.
Innovation & Sustainability - We actively seek out good ideas that have a lasting, positive impact on our work, our community and our environment.
Diversity & Inclusion - We recognize and respect a variety of perspectives, experiences, and approaches that will help us achieve our organizational goals.
Ethics & Integrity - Our actions will maintain the trust and confidence of the public and the organization.
“You provide great customer service and are amazing at being proactive and anticipating our needs.”
- Windy Leal, Austin Independent School District; 2018 Urban Education Team 2.0