Former Day Shelter Turns into Center of Opportunity
Albuquerque- Today Mayor Richard J. Berry announced the upcoming renovations of the former Noonday building on the Innovate ABQ site. Renamed "The Epicenter", this building will serve as a centralized hub in Albuquerque's emergent innovation district. The City of Albuquerque signed an interim lease agreement for the property last week with the University of New Mexico.
The Epicenter will be operational as early as March thanks to a generous donation from the Cinco Amigos Fund in care of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. The Cinco Amigos, a collaboration of local philanthropists, have raised almost $137,000 to immediately begin furnishing the interior and installing technology throughout the building. These critical renovations will help to cultivate an environment for success and collaboration at the Epicenter. Through this donation from the Cinco Amigos fund, youth-centric digital literacy programs like Microsoft DigiCamps will be held in the building to mobilize workforce development and entrepreneurial education outside traditional models. The city will also look to partner with other local educational and research institutions to bring programs to the site.
“The Epicenter will continue a tradition of service for your neighbor,” said Mayor Richard J. Berry. “I am excited that today’s announcement will continue to cultivate a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit in Albuquerque.”
Before use, the City will renovate the interior of the building, and is in the process of ordering Wi-Fi workstations to be installed to accommodate the educational programs. Local design firm Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is donating the interior design work, including paint and color schemes.
Innovate ABQ is a collaboration among the City of Albuquerque, UNM, STC.UNM, Bernalillo County, and Nusenda Credit Union (previously the New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union).