Book Your Wedding with The ESB (Environmental Services Building)
A PARK IN UNIVERSITY PLACE, WA
The Environmental Services Building at University Place in Washington is found within Pierce County's Chambers Creek Regional Park. This unique location allows to-be-weds to have both their ceremony and their reception in one location. It is here that couples will be able to plan every detail of their wedding so that it truly matches their vision. To start off, the bride and groom will tour the following areas to decide which spaces they'd like to use for their big day.
Event lawn. Couples are welcome to use the event lawn if they'd like to have their ceremony, as well as their reception here. Chairs can be set up to face the water. With 6,250 square feet of space in this area, you won't have any trouble inviting your family and friends.
Courtyard. Once the ceremony has concluded, the wedding party and the guests can move over to the outdoor courtyard for a cocktail hour. This space has a covered patio and looks out across both Puget Sound and the Olympic Mountains. There's 2,000 square feet of space to utilize.
West room. When outdoor weather isn't cooperating, the west room saves the day. With 1,090 square feet of space, 75 people will comfortable fit here for a banquet-style reception. There's a sliding glass door that opens out to the courtyard and since all of the windows face west, you'll enjoy the most beautiful sunsets.
East room. Only slightly larger than the west room at 1,325 square feet, the east room accommodates up to 88 guests. It is the better option if you need to use audio or visual equipment. It also has a counter that connects to the kitchen. Should you require additional space, you can use both the west and east rooms together, which will host as many as 163 friends and relatives.
Lobby. Couples in search of an indoor cocktail space may want to consider the lobby. This are measures 2,000 square feet and is also a great place to set up a table for place cards.
What You Should Know
The facility can be rented from 9 a.m. until midnight for a Friday or Saturday wedding, but must conclude by 10 p.m. on a Sunday. To comply with noise ordinances, all music must come to an end by 10 p.m. Couples will find that the kitchen is theirs to use. You may opt to hire a caterer or have friends and family prepare the food. The only stipulation is that all food must be cooked on the premises and cannot be brought it already made from a different location. With the kitchen, the bride and groom will have all of the plates, tableware and coffee mugs they need for the event. There's also a commercial coffeemaker for serving a hot beverage with dessert. If you'd like to offer alcohol, the park has partnered with the Chambers Bay Grill, so you'll need to contact them to set it up.
Included in the rental fee are the use of both indoor and outdoor tables and chairs. These come in white and black so that you can match them to your wedding colors. Couples are welcome to decorate, but may not use duct tape, nails or staples. Rose petals are accepted, however, guests are not allowed to throw birdseed, rice or confetti when the bride and groom walk down the isle for the first time as a married couple. It is also important to note that sparklers and fireworks are not allowed at the park, although tea lights and votive candles are acceptable. At the end of the evening, the wedding party are responsible for ensuring that the building is clean and that all of the dishes have been washed and put away.
There are multiple benefits and extra perks to selecting the Environmental Services Building as your wedding venue. You'll find a few of these listed below.
- Audiovisual equipment
- Wireless microphones
- Complimentary Wi-Fi access
From the Vendor
Amazing South Sound Venue Overlooking the Water
Located in University Place at Chambers Creek Properties, the ESB is a unique and beautiful setting for your wedding and/or reception. The outdoor courtyard features a covered patio and a lawn with spectacular views of Puget Sound and the Olympic mountains. Copy this link into your browser to virtually tour our venue: https://beta.visitingmedia.com/tt8/?ttid=environmental-services-building-university-place.
Amenities + Details
Outdoor - Not Covered
For more details about amenities, please message the Venue.
$$ – Affordable
Commitment Ceremony, Elopement, Interfaith Ceremony, Non-Religious Ceremony, Religious Ceremony, Same Sex Ceremony, Second Wedding , Vow Renewal Ceremony
The staff was 110% into making sure my wedding day was perfect. Anything I needed they got right away. They were professional and kind the whole time. The venue was clean and ready to go! Would highly recommend this as a wedding venue, my wedding day was perfect and the view was absolutely beautiful!
Beautiful venue!Reviewed on 9/24/2014 Kara V
We couldn't of picked a better venue! This venue with its amazing views of the Puget Sound showed our guests why we love living in the Pacific Northwest. The staff was also very accommodating and took care of any questions we had. The venue has everything you possibly need to make for a perfect day. Perfect for a small party wedding as well as large groups!
Absolutely PerfectReviewed on 7/15/2012 Vanessa S
The staff there were friendly and helpful. They made everything easy. The facility was beautiful with a great view. Super convienent and AV system. Did not have to haul things around. Everything was as promised. Also, they refunded our damage deposit super quick, no waiting!
I got married at this venue on December 3, 2016. Most people get married at this venue during the summer but I would recommend this place for a winter wedding as well! We use half the room for the ceremony and quickly transformed both sides into an amazing space for our ceremony. The venue for a simple, beautiful look that can be decorated with just a few things to give it any theme you could imagine! We had a more rustic wedding but just by decorating the tables and entry area we had the perfect place! All of the staff from the venue, and Chambers Bay were amazing to work with. This price is amazing for what you are getting and I would highly recommend this venue to anyone and everyone!
The view and venue were essential to making this our perfect day! Such a helpful staff and having AC on the hottest day of the year was a life saver! PLUS! It totally was budget friendly! Thank you for an amazing experience!
Amazing venue with great views. Very helpful staff, and refunded our deposit very fast. All our friends and family were amazed with the location, and at such a good price compared to nearby venues!
We had our daughter's wedding reception at the Environmental Services Building (ESB) overlooking the Puget Sound. We were able to come early in the morning with a helper crew to set up and there was plenty of parking for guests. Since it was a beautiful sunny (but not too hot) day on July 31st, 2016, we had planned for dining inside as well as outside, and our DJ and the Cash Bar attendant were outside under the covered courtyard where we had dancing later. The DJ could easily move inside and out utilizing the sliding glass door which remained open to the lovely view. Guests could mingle, go into the lobby for food, restrooms, and in the dining area as well as outside. There was plenty of room for the bridal party to get dressed in "ladies" and "gentlemen" rooms off of the lobby, prior to heading to the church for the wedding and then back again for the reception. Everything went smoothly and we were so happy to have the event there. It was beautiful, the guests loved it, our daughter loved it, our son-in-law loved it, and we will definitely recommend the ESB! Becky & Jim Nylander ;)
We had the absolutely best experience having our daughter's wedding and reception at the ESB. The venue was picture perfect. The staff was so nice and helpful. They were completely responsive and present on the day of the actual event. Thank you for making my girl's wedding truly the best day ever!
Thanks to all of the staff at the ESB for helping us have a wonderful wedding! Everyone was very friendly and eager to help out with all of our last minute changes. Andrea was my main point of contact and she was alwaya available via email or phone. The venue requires that you use Chambera Bay bartending service. If you're wanting a specific beer/wine/spirit I suggest you try to get a full list of their offerings.
Our wedding was beautiful and fun and it was awesome to work with the staff of the Environmental Services Building! They were so helpful and the place was amazing!
The perefect day!Reviewed on 9/08/2011 shelby r
I just got married at the ESB on August 28th and it was beautiful. The scenery is gorgeous and is the perfect romantic setting for any dream wedding day. All of my guests commented on how beautiful it was and said, "how did you find this place?" It was wonderful to have all of my friends and family enjoy the beautiful puget sound and breath taking sunset on my special day. I feel as though I picked the perfect place for my wedding and would recomend the ESB to anyone i know. Unforgetable experience! :)
Gorgeous sunsetReviewed on 9/06/2011 aimee c
The environmental service building in University Place has amazing views and we were lucky enough to have a beauitful sunset the night of our August wedding. The price is just right and staff are more than willing to help with any additional details.
Wonderful venue!Reviewed on 10/06/2010 Stefanie S
The venue was beautiful and so special to my husband and I. The day of things went about as well as can be expected with only a few hang ups - otherwise they were so accomodating and helpful! Loved this venue!
ESB Fantastic!Reviewed on 10/04/2010 Marissa S
We rented the ESB for our wedding mainly because it was the least expensive option we could find in the area that still had a decent overall appearance. We were able to fit 140 guest comfortably, with a large dance floor, and cake table into the great hall. The grounds are beautiful, so it's perfect for an outdoor wedding. We had our chairs facing the water, the grass was perfectly cared for, and the water feature was fun for the kids. The employees are very helpful and their preferred vendor list came in very handy.
Beautiful Setting!Reviewed on 6/02/2010 erin P
I had my May 23rd, Memorial Day wedding at the Pierce County ESB. It was a wonderful, no nonsense type of venue. They had a variety of supplies provided with your rental and were very helpful in answering questions. The price was great as was the view! The view was spectacular and we somehow got a perfect day. What a beautiful background we had for all of our wedding photos. I would recommend this spot to anyone!