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Lobo Rainforest at Innovate ABQ

Albuquerque, NM

Innovate ABQ is a collaborative public-private partnership between the University of New Mexico, the City of Albuquerque, and a private development team. The project develops spaces to accelerate the commercialization of intellectual capital to generate successful startup companies.

Together with our development team, Dekker/Perich/Sabatini designed Lobo Rainforest, the first building for Innovate ABQ. A six-story, mixed-use building, Lobo Rainforest includes ground level fabrication labs, offices, and common area support amenities for use by students and public enterprises. Support spaces include a café, bike storage room, fitness facility, housing offices, and an elevated second-level exterior deck overlooking the south facing courtyard.

Floors two through six provide 310 beds of student housing for those acquiring skills related to the program. The 2 bedroom/2 bath student apartments are 604sf and include kitchen, living, and dining room spaces. All bedrooms are single occupancy.

Innovate ABQ is located on UNM-owned land north of the First Baptist Church near downtown Albuquerque. Through a master planning process involving the study of multiple sites, this location was selected due to its proximity to downtown and concentration of businesses and amenities, such as restaurants and the Albuquerque Rapid Transit line along Central Avenue.

The existing Church was built in three phases and the two earliest phases are considered historically significant. Our team worked carefully to help preserve the historically significant buildings while utilizing a site area in the courtyard north of the Church through a building ground lease with UNM. It takes advantage of existing parking surrounding the site.

The new development creates new and vibrant activities to reactivate the UNM satellite campus and supports the local economy through the creation of new business startups.

Innovate ABQ Overall Development Plan

Innovate ABQ Overall Development Plan

What We Create

Dekker/Perich/Sabatini is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients for 60 years. Our staff includes architects, interior designers, planners, structural engineers, landscape architects, and experts in sustainable design in offices in Albuquerque, NM; Phoenix, AZ; Las Cruces, NM; and Amarillo, TX. As a regional leader in design excellence and sustainability, we have successfully completed thousands of projects by collaborating directly with owners and communities.


Our professionals are experienced in primary, secondary, and post-secondary facility design to provide specialty design services for a variety of educational facilities. This diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the Southwest. A well-designed building not only provides an aesthetically pleasing and functional environment for the people who work and learn in them, but also centers on a balanced response to changing ideas in teaching with recognition of our client’s reputation and traditions.


We are an award-winning, multidisciplinary design firm that has served public and private clients  for more than 55 years. To better respond to our clients’ needs, we have concentrated our design and technical resources into “Practice Areas,” where our personnel specialize in building types such as housing, commercial, healthcare, government and education. Through the Practice Area concept, designers work on the projects they are passionate about, honing their skills specific to that type, keeping abreast of the latest trends, and training the next generation of designers.


We provide specialty design services for a variety of commercial projects, including workplaces, mixed-use developments, retail, and restaurants. We have experience with commercial projects in markets throughout the Southwest, as well as major markets elsewhere in the United States. Our diverse pool of talent enables us to develop innovative design solutions that draw upon the best ideas and practices from throughout the nation. A well-designed building provides an “edge” to our clients, whether the task at hand is to reach out to customers or to recruit and retain tenants and employees.

Landscape Architecture

We provide landscape architecture services to all of the specialized design groups within our offices as well as to external clients. The Landscape Architecture team focuses on the planning and design of exterior places  – with a thorough understanding of real estate development and the interrelatedness of structures, land, and people. From project inception to the close of construction, our landscape team makes important contributions to a collaborative, multidisciplinary design process with their expertise in concept development, site planning & design, and landscape design.


We are committed to delivering quality multi-family housing. With full-time dedicated staff, we have developed the knowledge, resources, and networks to deliver the best, most well-designed product for our clients. We work closely with our clients to quickly produce graphic packages that illustrate flexible solutions that can be easily priced and worked into a pro forma. Focusing on the amenities, construction costs, rent structure, and financing options very early in the process helps give shape to the finished product.

Structural Engineering

We provide structural engineering services to all of the specialized architecture design groups across our firm, as well as for external clients. Our goal is to create a truly integrated structural solution for any design challenge. We strive towards creative and efficient design solutions, utilizing a wide variety of structural systems and building materials. To accomplish this, we are involved in projects from inception to final punchlist.


We provide specialty design and planning services for a variety of public clients. Our professionals have “hands on” experience with civic projects throughout the southwest, including personnel who have project experience while serving in the public sector. Their talent enables us to develop innovative planning and design solutions that draw upon “lessons learned” from the various public agencies served. 


As a leader in the field, we have over 20 years’ experience in the design of healthcare facilities. With more than 20 multi-disciplined personnel, our Healthcare Group has collectively worked on more than 250 healthcare projects. Our group has created master plans for medical centers, planned new hospitals and hospital additions, orchestrated major renovations to outdated hospitals and created spaces for highly specialized equipment.


We have extensive experience in the design of LEED buildings, and we’re committed to incorporating appropriate sustainable strategies into our projects. Although sustainable design has recently become a popular national trend, our firm has embraced this concept for many years as responsible design professionals. We have realized energy efficient projects for our unique climate by using common sense approaches to building siting, solar orientation, appropriate fenestration, building mass, appropriate mechanical systems, and the use of building materials readily available in our region.


We provide a wide range of planning and design services, from conceptual land use plans to design guidelines to municipal submittals and approvals. We excel at providing integrated design and planning solutions that are market-driven and sustainable. Projects range from large-scale master planned communities to small in-fill tracts. Our group utilizes the design expertise of the firm and a collaborative approach to maximize development opportunities for the client. With our integrated team of planners, landscape architects, and architects, we can generate initial design concepts and take projects through to construction documents.

Interior Design

We believe the successful interior design of a space requires a collaborative effort. We work as a team with our clients and consultants - a team with a common goal of achieving the most dynamic results, smoothly and reliably. Our staff of Interior Designers and Interior Architects provide the highest level of expertise in design and construction.

In Progress

Our passion is to help our clients realize their dreams by partnering with them through a collaborative, multidisciplined process that recognizes new trends and utilizes technologies to create functional, comfortable, and stimulating places. Browse some of our newest projects that are currently in construction.