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View from the Top: Vue 17

Located on the 17th floor of University Tower in Richmond Heights, Vue 17 offers a unique, state-of-the art venue for corporate and private events. “It’s named for its unobstructed, panoramic views of downtown St. Louis,” says Corbin Holtzman, vice president of St. Louis Commercial Real Estate, the company that operates the building. “Everything is managed in-house, so the people showing you the space are the ones who will be with you every step of the way. We work to ensure that your event doesn’t just go according to plan, but exceeds expectations.”

The space features flatscreen monitors, theater lights, a high-end sound system and the capability to meet more complex audio-visual needs. The unique features make it perfect for corporate meetings, training sessions or seminars. The world-class facilities have hosted organizations like Stifel, Cisco, Washington University, Harris-Stowe State University and the University of Missouri. “Everything is interactive and customizable,” Holtzman notes. “The screens, sound and lighting can be adjusted. We also have room dividers so the space can physically be altered to better fit your needs, whether you’re meeting with 20 or 200 employees.”

From birthday and graduation parties to weddings and bar and bat mitzvahs, Vue 17 can customize various private events. “Our facilities can be engineered to fit your unique needs,” Holtzman says. While there are no in-house food and beverage services, University Tower works with several local caterers, and the venue includes a warming kitchen.

Vue 17 is equipped with broadcast technology as well, so your event is not confined to the physical venue—an especially useful tool right now. “It is a really cool place to record in,” Holtzman says. “We have all of the necessary infrastructure, including a full sound stage, cameras and crew. It’s a great way to raise the level of production and keep people engaged. You can communicate with your audience and even interact with them in real time whether they’re across town or across the globe.”

Beyond hosting events, Vue 17 has a partner company, Outreach Studios, that offers even more tech resources. It helps businesses and individuals produce TV shows, broadcast product launches and even organize virtual meetings to connect with employees and clients, which Holtzman notes has been helpful with the pandemic. “We have multiple studios along with rooms for news, green screen work and focus groups,” he explains. “We also help with pre- and post-production and still photography. Working with multiple organizations, from businesses to charities and religious organizations, we do whatever we can to help clients get creative.”

With COVID-19 impacting so many events, the flexibility Vue 17 offers is invaluable. To ensure people’s safety during in-person gatherings, the space is outfitted with an ionizer air filtration system, and University Tower follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations for sanitization throughout the building. “Like all industries, we’ve been impacted by the pandemic,” Holtzman says. “As things open up again, we’re excited to share this one-of-a-kind space with everyone.” 

Located on the 17th floor of University Tower, Vue 17 offers a unique, state-of-the-art venue for corporate and private events. Pictured on the cover: Rob Glessner and Corbin Holtzman. For more information, call 314.399.8327 or visit

Cover design by Julie Streiler
Cover photo by Tim Parker Photography

Pictured at top: Corbin Holtzman and Rob Glessner
Photo: Tim Parker Photography