Nestled among tall trees and manicured gardens in a quiet corner of the Rensselaer Technology Park Campus, Pat’s Barn is a distinctive, multipurpose venue that’s ideal for conferences, daylong retreats, and other corporate and social functions. The unique architecture and layout of the two-floor, 5,000-square-foot facility offer an open and serene atmosphere with flexible seating that accommodates plenary and breakout sessions. The Barn’s large windows provide plenty of natural daylight that further adds to a warm, relaxed setting. In addition to large spaces ideal for group meetings and other corporate events of up to 200 guests, Pat’s Barn has a conference room and other segregated spaces for smaller gatherings.
A Beautiful Venue in an Ideal Location
“Pat’s Barn provides a rustic charm and an elegant environment that promotes relaxation, meaningful connections, and in-depth interactions, whether guests are attending a corporate meeting, holiday party, or other social event,” says Pat’s Barn Operations Coordinator Kim Sleicher, who oversees all events at the Barn. “It’s one of the best kept secret venues in North Greenbush and the Capital Region at large for corporate events.”
For Judith Elad, the meeting and program specialist at the Healthcare Association of New York State (HANYS), Pat’s Barn has been an ideal location for various social gatherings. “The Barn is an absolutely lovely place for different types of events,” says Elad, who for the past three years has organized HANYS’s annual holiday party for about 125 people. “The location is a plus for us because it’s close by,” says Elad, who added that the Barn is about 10 minutes from HANYS’s corporate offices in the city of Rensselaer. “There is ample space for parking as well.”
Service and Amenities
Shanti D'Souza, a doctoral student at Albany Medical College, helped organized a summer retreat at Pat’s Barn, where 70 students, postdoctoral trainees, and faculty members shared their work via posters and presentations followed by a social networking event.
“I was impressed with how easy Kim and her team were to work with,” says D'Souza, who is looking forward to booking next year’s retreat at the Barn. “The space also allowed us to split our activities in various areas. We conducted PowerPoint presentations downstairs, poster presentations upstairs, and social activities outside.”
Pat’s Barn amenities for corporate and wedding events include tables and chairs, temperature-controlled venue for year-round use, and a space that’s fully wheel chair accessible, including elevator access to the second floor.
The Barn can also provide projectors, podiums, microphones, audio-visual speaker systems, portable and stationary screens, and teleconferencing capability. Barn guests can select from two highly rated caterers, Nicole’s Catering and Inspired Events, that assist in providing food, beverage, and other hospitality services
“The Rensselaer Technology Park staff are always available to help with any technology or other issue, and the caterers have always served us delicious breakfast and lunch,” says Denise Geyer, the regional certification officer at Questar III BOCES in Castleton who has organized two administrative professional development days for 25-30 staff members at the Barn each summer for the last five years. “We will be back next summer."
“If you’re here for a business gathering, Pat’s Barn provides a beautiful and serene environment that allows you to get away from the hustle and bustle of the typical workweek,” Sleicher says. “For social events and other gatherings, the Barn provides a stunning, but quaint, environment that will capture memorable, fond moments for a lifetime.”