Continuing Education and Conference Center

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Are you being asked to do more with less money? This Saint Paul campus meeting facility and conference center offers you 13 meeting rooms with numerous setup options and a full range of dining choices—all for a low per-person fee. Additionally, we'll help you plan and manage everything from setting up meeting rooms and rental agreements to meal planning and hotel arrangements.

Virtual Tour

For virtual tours of individual room spaces, see links in the room capacities section.

 

Pricing for Packages

Select from two package options and different day breakdowns within each option described below. Need a customized package? Please let us know.

Room Meeting Packages

The Room Meeting Package includes a general session room with podium and microphone, LCD projector use, flip paper, markers, tape and one Ethernet line. One breakout space is included for every 50 people with a maximum of three breakout spaces. Need additional equipment or breakout spaces (options below)? Just let us know.

Room Meeting Packages Pricing U of M Pricing
Full Day (8 a.m.−5 p.m.) $15.25 per person $13.50 per person
Evening (6−10 p.m.) $12.00 per person $11.00 per person

Dining Room Rental

Available from 7:30–9:30 a.m. and from 3:30–10:00 p.m.

Courtyard $300 (includes microphone and podium)

Club $100

Courtside $100

Food Service Packages

A full-day food service package includes a morning continental breakfast break, buffet lunch, afternoon break, and continuous beverage service until 3:30 p.m. Need food service requests outside these times? Just let us know.

Food Service Packages Pricing/Per Person*
Full Day  $24.90
AM Break (7:30−9:30 a.m.) $8.25
Lunch (11:30 a.m.−12:30 p.m.) $12.10
PM Break (1:30−3:30 p.m.) $5.60
AM/PM Breaks $13.45
AM Break with Lunch $20.20
PM Break with Lunch $17.05

* Food and beverage charges are subject to a 7.375% sales tax.

 

Attendee Prepurchased Lunch

If you do not intend to provide lunch to attendees, they can prepurchase a lunch (up to four days in advance) from the U's Dining Services. Please let us know if you are requesting this option.

Food Samples

Continental Breakfast

Continental Breakfast

7:30−9:30 a.m.


Rotating items:

  • pastries, bagels and cream cheese
  • yogurt and granola
  • hard boiled eggs, sliced meat and cheese
  • assorted fresh fruit
  • oatmeal and gluten-free oatmeal bars
  • coffee, tea, juice, milk, and beverage fountain
Lunch Buffet

Lunch Buffet

11:30 a.m.−12:30 p.m.

 

Lunch offers delicious choices to satisfy both meat-and-potato lovers and health-conscious attendees alike.

Afternoon Break

Afternoon Break

1:30−3:30 p.m.


Rotating items:

  • fresh cookies
  • pretzels, snack mix
  • chips and salsa
  • carrots, celery, and hummus
  • trail mix
  • ice cream bars
  • assorted sodas
  • whole fruit
  • freshly brewed coffee and tea
  • beverage fountain

Technology

The conference center offers advanced technology services and ongoing technical support to meet your connectivity needs.

Computer Technology Services to Support Your Event

Are you planning a large conference with multiple breakout sessions and presenters? To ensure that everything runs smoothly, we can arrange for:

  • speaker laptop connections
  • configuring and testing all systems requiring an internet connection
  • projection setup
  • presenters to email data files to our staff
  • installation and testing of files and notification of results

Wireless Internet Service − $5 per Person 

The Center offers free wireless at a speed sufficient for accessing email and the web. However, if your attendees will need to be online en masse, we encourage you to purchase sponsored accounts ($5 per day/person).

The sponsored account operates in excess of 24 MB. Let us know if you'll need this service at least two weeks in advance.

How to log in to free U of M wireless:

  • Select "UofM Guest" from the Wi-Fi network options
  • Launch internet browser
  • Agree to the Terms of Use

Room Capacities

 

Upper Level

Room

Number

Theater

Classroom

Chevron

Modified

Chevron

U-Shape

Spoke

Room

Minimum

135

392

240

192

240

45

180

200

135AC/BD

196

120

96

120

42

84

100

135A/B/C/D

70

48

36

48

21

36

50

155

112

72

60

72

30

48

50

155A/B

42

24

24

24

15

24

25

156

54

36

30

NA

24

24

20

156A/B

24

18

12

NA

12

12

10

166

54

36

30

NA

21

24

20

166A/B

24

18

12

NA

9

12

10

Upper Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

250

 

Dining Room/Meeting Room

Room

Maximum Capacity

Courtyard

264

Restaurant

24

Club Room

16 conference, 36 (9 four-tops)

Courtside

12 conference

 

Lower Level

Room

Number

Theater

Classroom

Chevron

Modified

Chevron

U-Shape

Spoke

Room

Minimum

32

NA

48

36

48

24

42

32

42

NA

72/90*

54

72/90*

39

72

65

42A/B

NA

36

NA

36

24

30

30

52

NA

36

36

NA

24

24

22

55

NA

24

NA

NA

15

18

5

62

NA

48

36

48

24

42

32

77

NA

24

18

NA

15

18

20

83**

NA

102

NA

NA

NA

NA

50

Lower Level

 

 

 

 

 

 

130

* Maximum seating for this type of setup is dependent on direction room faces.

** Round tables only.

Download and print these convenient documents in PDF format: Room Capacities and Seating Options.

Floor Plans

Upper level floor plan
Lower level floor plan

 

Directions and Parking

1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

Continuing Education and Conference Center Map

Driving Directions

From I-694 take 35W south to the Cleveland Avenue exit (Note: exit to the left). Follow Cleveland Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue. Go east (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (right) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From I-35W take the Highway 36 exit and turn south on Cleveland Avenue to Larpenteur Avenue. Go east (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (right) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From downtown Saint Paul: Go west on I-94 to Snelling Ave. Go north on Snelling Ave. to Larpenteur Avenue. Go west (left) on Larpenteur to Gortner, turn south (left) on Gortner, and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

From downtown Minneapolis: Go east on I-94 to MN-280, exit number 236. (Note: exit to the left.) Merge onto MN-280 north. Exit at Larpenteur Ave. Take Larpenteur east (right) to Gortner (third traffic light). Turn south (right) on Gortner and go to Buford Avenue. Turn east (left) on Buford Avenue to the parking area.

Public Transportation/Parking Information

Please see this Parking and Transportation Services page for all public transportation options. 

Recommended lots and ramps include:

  • Lot S104 − South of the conference center; follow Buford east one block to stop sign, S104 is to the right 
  • Lot S108 (not open June−August) − South of the conference center; follow Buford east one block to stop sign, S108 is directly ahead
  • Gortner Ramp − West of CECC, across Gortner

 

Contact Us

612-624-3275 | cce-confctr@umn.edu

1890 Buford Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55108

 

Name Title Phone Email
Sue Borowick Director 612-624-3642 boro0009@umn.edu
Leslie Berry Client Relations Supervisor/Reservations 612-624-3275 lberry@umn.edu
Michael Wybierala Conference Operations Supervisor/Technology Manager 612-624-3667 wybi0001@umn.edu
Ron Forsyth Food Service Manager 612-624-4234 forsy119@umn.edu
Wendy Gardner Conference Services Coordinator 612-624-3411 wgardner@umn.edu
Matt Caflisch Communications Specialist 612-624-0790 cafli002@umn.edu
DJ DuFrene Communications Specialist 612-624-9249 dufre044@umn.edu

 

Conference Center Highlights

Snack Attack

We have food service packages to fit any size group and budget. Order the full day package ($24.90/person) or pick and choose from our list of meals and snacks, starting at $5.60 per person.

 

Continuing Education and Conference Center

Tour Our Facility

Make an appointment to visit or take a virtual tour of our full-service facility. We can accommodate groups of up to 392 (in a single meeting room), with multiple room configurations available.

If you’re in need of meeting space this fall, we have openings September through November. Give us a call, we’re here for you! 612-624-3275 or cce-confctr@umn.edu.

 

Book Smarts

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Online Event Planning Course

For a deeper dive into event planning, take advantage of the Festival & Event Management Online Course offered by U of M Extension. The six-week course will teach you strategies for a winning event, including defining your audience, branding, and recruiting volunteers, staff, and sponsors. For more information, visit the Extension website.

 

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