Venue Spotlight: Energy Innovation Center (EIC)

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Located in the Lower Hill District of Pittsburgh, minutes from Downtown is the Energy Innovation Center.

The Energy Innovation Center (EIC) is housed in the former Connelley Trade School, which was built in 1930 and was one of the largest trade schools in the state and most modern in the country. After years of declining enrollment, it was closed In 2005. Today this historic school has been transformed into a 200,000 square foot, LEED Platinum multi-disciplinary campus.

You may be thinking, “This really doesn’t sound like someplace I want to have my wedding.” Folks, half the battle with planning a beautiful event is finding a venue that does most of the work for you. And that’s just what EIC does. We’re talking a large space with a bright and airy feel, tall ceilings, wood flooring, large windows, a GORGEOUS city view. Or if you’re looking for something a bit more intimate, they also have a cozy space with exposed bricks and colorful pipes running overhead.

Here are the spaces EIC offers. ALL of them are available with your rental!

Covestro Brightspace

  • 2,000 square feet

  • Enormous windows showcasing dramatic views for the Pittsburgh Skyline

  • Can hold around 120 people for a sit-down dinner

  • Built-in state of the art audio/visual equipment

  • Use it as a ceremony space and then flip it for the reception, or use it as one large dance room/lounge!


  • Exposed brick walls and colorful piping

  • Ideal for ceremonies or cocktail hour

  • With a dramatic, industrial vibe, the Roadway provides a more intimate dinner experience (for up to 200).

Glass Elevator

  • Another ideal setting for cocktail hour (for up to 75)

  • Floor to ceiling windows offer views of Pittsburgh and the North Shore

  • No matter which other space you use, your guests will enter through this gorgeous space.

Green Roof

  • Can hold up to 75 people for an outdoor reception

  • Just imagine taking portraits with your love up here at sunset!!! 

Rental Specifics

  • RENTAL FEES: 2019 Rental fees range from $5,500 for Saturday only (8am - 11pm), to $8,000 for Friday evening (3pm-8pm) - Sunday Morning (8am - 12pm).

  • VENUE COORDINATOR: Included in the site rental fee, plus 1-2 additional staff members.

  • PARKING: Available for up to 130 cars.

  • PREFERRED CATERERS: You must use a caterer from EIC’s preferred list. This list includes some amazing caterers such as Bistro To Go, Sausalido, and Kimberly Ashlee Catering.

  • INCLUDED FURNITURE: Renters have free access to (150) Gunmetal bistro chairs, (8) 7 ft wooden tables, and a number of both long and round tables and cocktail tables.


  • PROHIBITED ITEMS: Candles without votives, cash bars, alcoholic shots, helium balloons, glitter, feathers, confetti, sparklers, and rice. Those last five items will incur an additional fee.

Book your tour TODAY!

Contact Shannon Kelly, Senior Event & Wedding Manager, at or 412-802-6780 .

Need help planning your wedding at the Energy Innovation Center?

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And here’s a sneak peek of a soon-to-be-published shoot we put together at EIC!

Photography by Kathryn Hyslop Photography