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U of New Mexico to open six-story building where students and live, work and innovate


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: July 12th, 2017

The University of New Mexico (UNM) is opening a new facility that will pair students with scientists and industry professionals to launch start-ups and take new technologies to market.

The six-story, 160,000 square-foot Lobo Rainforest building is part of UNM’s larger goal to create an innovation ecosystem in Albuquerque under the Innovate ABQ umbrella.

The top five floors of the Lobo Rainforest building will consist of student apartments, providing the critical setting for ambitious, innovative students to live, work and create entrepreneurial opportunities together.

“The co-location of our students with all the other folks on site is what excites everybody,” says Rob DelCampo, director of UNM Innovation Academy. “It’s a totally new venue for students to live and work in a dedicated space to innovate, invent and create.”

The first floor of the new building includes about 30,000 square feet and is already fully booked with committed tenants. The ground flood will host UNM Innovation Academy classrooms, co-working spaces and conference rooms. The main entrance itself will have huge open meeting areas, conference rooms and a “visualization” room equipped for high-tech video conferencing.

“We want to get students interacting with business people and technology transfer professionals with lots of events,” says Lisa Kuuttila, chief economic development officer at UNM and head of Science and Technology Corp (STC), the university’s tech transfer arm.

Source: Albuquerque Journal

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