Facility Information

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Palmer Commons offers flexible conference and meeting spaces, accommodating up to 274 people. The conference areas are on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors—one flight above the main Palmer Commons entrance and the Windows Lounge room.

On the 4th floor, Forum Hall and the Great Lakes Room can be used for many different functions and perfect for receptions and events. There is also an atrium perfect for receptions on the 5th floor. On the 6th floor, there are five boardrooms and an atrium for meetings and receptions.

Palmer Commons is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and all of our event spaces are ADA accessible.

To learn more about room dimensions and capacities, click here.

Room Rental Rates

Our room rates are a flat hourly rate for rooms that have built-in audio-visual equipment. These rooms include the Great Lakes Room, Forum Hall, Plaza Room and our Zoom Room Boardrooms 4 & 5. The rooms have built in AV equipment.  For Great Lakes Room there is a 3 hour minimum reserve time for Non UM Departments and UM Departments . We are here to make your events easier for you. No more carrying your own equipment across campus. One of our skilled staff members will have the AV ready to go when you walk in your room!

Reflection Room

We have added a Reflection Room at Palmer Commons for the University of Michigan community to use for structured or unstructured reflection, meditation or prayer. The room (3024) is adjacent to our Welcome Desk and features a carpeted floor, yoga mats, round ottomans, a table with sanitizer and a West facing window.

For access, please see the Welcome Desk staff.

Executive Zoom Rooms

Our executive boardrooms 4 & 5 have been recently upgraded to U-M Zoom Room. Each contains an 86 inch LG Nano Smart TV, a Polycom X70 auto tracking HD video/audio bar, and a touch screen control panel that allows you to start your meetings with the touch of a button. These rooms also allows for wireless screen sharing of any content from any device by simply inputting a share key when you enter the meeting. Remote participants can view the content being shared as well as see and hear people in the room as if they were there.

Record Your Next Event

Learn how video conference meetings, lectures and other presentations can be recorded, stored, and shared live and on-demand

Facilities Use Policy

General Policies for All Groups Using Palmer Commons

All food, beverage and catering services must be obtained from one of the Palmer Commons Approved Catering Partners.

  • MCatering & MCatering To Go

Floor Plans and Sample Sets

For a full picture of each floor click on the building map thumbnail. Looking for a room? Click on the room name to find its location.

Great Lakes Room

Great Lakes Room

View the Great Lakes multipurpose room on the 4th floor at Palmer Commons

Forum Hall

View the Forum Hall auditorium on the 4th floor at Palmer Commons


View the five boardrooms on the 6th floor at Palmer Commons

5th floor atrium


View the atriums on the 4th, 5th, and 6th floors at Palmer Commons