By Cameron Goble
April 14, 2014
Albuquerque, NM -- Local maker space Quelab announced today that it will host a grand opening for its new facility after a successful year of public engagement and community fundraising. The grand opening, planned for May 3rd, will showcase the workshops and equipment now made available to Quelab's members and the general public. "Last year, Quelab was operating out of a little frat-style house" explains Greg Moran, Quelab's President. "Now that we're in our new space, the members have much more room to build even bigger and more amazing projects." Creative workshops to build and destroy things will be featured throughout the event. In addition, local community groups such as Junkado, LEGO Users Group, and Blackout Theater will join in the celebration with attractions and hands-on projects for all ages.
Festivities open to the public on Saturday May 3rd from 10 am to 6 pm. Coffee and food will be available on site from The Toasted Bean, and other local food trucks.
"We want to share this great new space with the Albuquerque community," continues Moran. "Quelab is a place to meet people with hugely diverse sets of interests and get access to high-end tools and equipment."
Recent projects undertaken by Quelab members include launching green chile into space with a balloon, the restoration of an industrial laser cutter, and the construction of a public 3D printer.
Woodworking, yarns and fabrics, electronics, and upcycling projects are also common at Quelab. The new building contains workshops dedicated to many different materials and ways to create.
"We're planning to welcome lots of new members bringing their own interests into the space. That's great to see new and different skills, too." Located at 680 Haines NW near downtown Albuquerque, Quelab's new building is 4 times larger than the prior location and boasts nearly 6,600 square feet of floor area. Quelab's move was funded through donations from community outreach events and online grassroots campaigns.
Quelab is a community driven organization with a mission to promote creativity, invention, and collaboration in Albuquerque. It is one of a growing movement of community driven, do-it-yourself maker spaces around the world. Quelab is sponsored by The School Factory, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation.
Since 2010, Quelab has hosted regular events for technology enthusiasts, artists, tinkerers and builders. Quelab boasts 45 members with diverse backgrounds and interests who like to learn and build things. Quelab provides the space and resources to work on group collaborations and private projects, including entrepreneurial ventures and co-working. Quelab memberships start at $40 a month for 24/7 access to the space and equipment. The public is welcome to come explore Quelab during open hacknights on Tuesday and Sunday evenings. Equipment and facilities can be used at those times for a $5 fee at the door.
For information, please visit http://quelab.net.
Location: 680 Haines NW, Albuquerque NM 87102
Open to the public: Saturday, May 3rd, 10am - 6pm
To learn more about Quelab, please contact
Greg Moran, President
or email the board of directors: