Faculty, groups can rent spaces in Lobo Rainforest building

About one month after its grand opening, the Lobo Rainforest in Downtown Albuquerque building is getting closer to being complete.

A networking space is available within the Lobo Rainforest building in downtown Albuquerque. The space is available to rent. Photo by Sarah East / Advance at UNM

Lobo Rainforest features multiple spaces for anyone to rent.

A large, open space suited for networking is present after entering on the north side of the building. This space is $500/hour. There are conference rooms around that offer a little more privacy and start at $40/hour and go up to $100/hour.

In addition, a visualization room with whiteboard walls can be rented for $250/hour.

The 160,000 square-foot building also houses a number of organizations, including Innovation Academy classrooms and the Supporting Technology Transfer and Catalyzing Economic Development at the University of New Mexico. There will soon be a Nusenda credit union branch and a cafe. Space for Sandia National Laboratories and the Air Force Research Laboratory is ready, but neither group has moved in yet.

The balcony on the second floor of Lobo Rainforest overlooks the courtyard below. The balcony is only accessible to students, but the courtyard can be accessed by anyone. Photo by Sarah East / Advance at UNM

The second through sixth floors house approximately 100 students, although it has the capacity for about 300 students. All of the businesses are on the first floor.

The building also includes a courtyard.

One of the most noticeable features of Lobo Rainforest is the large number of windows. Every floor features a view of the street below and the Albuquerque area.

The goal of Lobo Rainforest is to provide a state-of-the-art space to connect UNM students in a place to live and work in an environment committed to creating cutting-edge business ventures in a close-knit community.

“We describe our Lobo Rainforest as a human innovation ecosystem in which creativity, business acumen, scientific discovery, investment capital, and other elements come together in a fertile environment that nurture budding ideas so they grow into thriving, sustainable enterprises,” Interim UNM President Chaouki Abdallah has said