Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX) - Cultural Hub & Market

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A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 and 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities included a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. The Priorities identify both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as key contributors to attracting and retaining talent, providing quality of life and supporting creative businesses as strategic objectives. The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset.

On August 11, 2020, after several years of study and planning, Niagara Falls City Council approved funding for the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new market and cultural hub designed by DTAH and located in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood. Construction is expected to begin in September 2020.

The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. Located in the historic Main and Ferry district, it will include a large culture and market hall, café, artist studios, creative workshop and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets. The Market Hall, which will house the regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, will be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets.

Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, the site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.

The project name - Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX), speaks to the rich exchange of ideas and creativity that is anticipated to occur on site and between the arts and culture, food and farming communities of Niagara Falls.

This area has the potential to become the cultural and social heart of our community

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A Hub for Culture, Food and People

Niagara Falls City Council’s 2015-2018 and 2019-2022 Strategic Priorities included a commitment to building and promoting a vibrant, sustainable city that supports an active, connected and creative community. The Priorities identify both the revitalization of the Niagara Falls Farmers' Market, and fostering culture as key contributors to attracting and retaining talent, providing quality of life and supporting creative businesses as strategic objectives. The City of Niagara Falls Culture Plan expressed the desire for cultural intensification to create a vibrant and well planned city, and called for the development of an integrated, centralized cultural asset.

On August 11, 2020, after several years of study and planning, Niagara Falls City Council approved funding for the construction of the Niagara Falls Exchange, a new market and cultural hub designed by DTAH and located in the Main and Ferry neighbourhood. Construction is expected to begin in September 2020.

The new Niagara Falls Cultural Hub & Market will become a vibrant centre of activity in the community by providing shared spaces where artists, musicians, food vendors and patrons, and local businesses can come together and create. Located in the historic Main and Ferry district, it will include a large culture and market hall, café, artist studios, creative workshop and public washrooms surrounded by two multi-functional civic plazas that interconnect the flanking streets. The Market Hall, which will house the regularly scheduled Farmers’ Market, will be a space for other events that include music, theatre, lectures and other weekend markets.

Located adjacent to the Niagara Falls History Museum, the site is knit together with a design language that prioritizes an accessible public realm, and creates quality indoor and outdoor space that is durable, flexible, and sustainable.

The project name - Niagara Falls Exchange (NFX), speaks to the rich exchange of ideas and creativity that is anticipated to occur on site and between the arts and culture, food and farming communities of Niagara Falls.

This area has the potential to become the cultural and social heart of our community

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  • Construction Update - December 3, 2021

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    We took a Friday tour of the construction site today with the Site Supervisor and can really see things shaping up. The steel studs for the main floor of the Studio building are in place, and you can see the Woodworking shop, the offices, the washrooms and cafe shaping up.


    The team is busy trying to get the walls up and the exterior windows up to allow for indoor work to proceed. Things are progressing well, but more still needs to be done. Check out the photos and video from our trip today to get some insight as to what it looks like at the Exchange.

    Artist Studios
    Studio Building
    Gallery
    Studio Building
    Woodworking Shop
    Studio Building
    Offices looking through to Woodworking Shop
    Studio Building
    Washrooms
    Studio Building
    Overhang looking through to cafe and towards Main Street
    Studio Building

    Market Hall Market Hall
    Studio Building Market Hall


  • Closing in for winter and looking forward to 2022

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    Construction on the site has changed the look and feel of the property substantially in the last couple of weeks. You can see from the photos, that the walls on the market building and the studio building are starting to go on, and the shape and feel for the new facility is really shaping up.

    The flooring has also been poured on the main floor of the studio building which will house the cafe, woodworking shop and an office.

    Images courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd.


    We are also starting to ramp up towards programming the site and getting things going on the property.
    The Culture team has been speaking with Community Creators about their Cultural Development Fund applications and use of the space for great things in 2022. Recently, City Council approved the pricing structure for the site. We are not accepting bookings (yet), as we still have to line up the insurance needs and the guidelines. We are hoping to have this available in early 2022. Please stay tuned.

    The Market Hall is 338.3 m2 / 3,641 SF and will accommodate 14 indoor vendors, could seat over 200 people in various configurations and be suitable for theatre, music, lectures and many other community functions. We will be equipping the Hall with one large video wall that is 16 feet x 9 feet and two other video screens that are 96" wide. We have put an emphasis on creation space and have acoustic paneling and black out blinds incorporated to the design to provide flexibility in the uses of the space, but at the same time, ensuring that natural light radiates into the space during market days and other daytime events.

    Market Hall @ The Exchange Rentals $ Fee $ HST $ Total
    Hall Rental – Community Makers* - full day 221.24 28.76 250.00
    Hall Rental – Community Makers* - per hour 88.50 11.50 100.00
    Hall Rental – Private Sector – full day 442.48 57.52 500.00
    Hall Rental – Private Sector – per hour 176.99 23.01 200.00
    Hall and Outdoor Space Rental – Community Makers – day 331.86 43.14 375.00
    Hall and Outdoor Space Rental – Private Sector – day 685.84 89.16 775.00
    Hall, Outdoor Space & Parking Lot Rental – Community Makers -
    day
    442.48 57.52 500.00
    Hall, Outdoor Space & Parking Lot Rental – Private Sector - day 796.46 103.54 900.00
    Indoor Stage Rental (with minimum 3 hour rental) 88.50 11.50 100.00
    Fencing around outdoor space 353.98 46.02 400.00
    Rentals outside of regular operating hours and on statutory
    holidays additional fee per hour**
    132.74 17.26 150.00

    *Community Makers are Niagara Regional Not-For-Profit organizations or Niagara Regional based artists putting on an
    event that is artistic in nature (Performance Art, Workshop, Presentation, etc.). This does not include trade shows or retail
    events unless artistic in nature.
    **these are hours before 8:00 am and after 9:00 pm any day of the week.
    A daily rental of the Market Hall on Saturday will start at 2:00 pm.
    50% discount for last minute (within 2 weeks) bookings – provided during normal hours of operations at both Museum and
    Exchange.

  • Call for Public Art for the Wilma Morrison Courtyard and more

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    The construction continues to show progress towards opening next year. Recently we announced the call for a permanent art piece to be in the Main Street Courtyard. On the Sylvia Place side of the building is the Wilma Morrison Courtyard. We dedicated this space to the long time historian and community builder. As part of that dedication, we saw that one of two locations in the Courtyard that have space for temporary public art, should be dedicated to the namesake of the space.

    The call out for artists is now out and can be found on the City of Niagara Falls website, along with more details.

    Last week, we were able to get onsite and take some great new photos and videos to highlight progress to date. Check these out.

    Market Hall Market Hall facing North

    Studios Market Hall facing South


    Aerial view facing east from Main Street The Market Hall from the Wilma Morrison Courtyard




    Roof line of the Market Hall Studio Building from Wilma Morrison Courtyard.
    Location of the Wilma Morrison Public Art
  • Work continues into the Fall

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    The construction on the exterior continues on the site. Part of this update are photos taken by the General Contractor, Garritano Bros. From the photos, you can see that the Market Building is starting to get the steel studding on the walls and the work to get the buildings enclosed is moving forward. Over the following couple of weeks, you will see more of the studding going up and really giving us a sense of the shape and feel of the building.

    The team will also start to work on the interior flooring prep work and the canopies over the next couple of weeks.

    The Market Building View of the Wilma Morrison Courtyard and both buildings
    View from Main Street of the front of the Studio Building Aerial View of the job site
    Photos courtesy of Garritano Bros. Limited
  • We have floors (and ceilings)!

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    That is right, another great stage in the construction started last week. The nail laminated timber arrived on the construction site and started to shape the space again. Once installed in the Studio building, you can now see the rooms starting to form.

    It has been interesting to see how quickly this building material was put in place around the steel structure. This product was pre-formed off site and just slid into place in a couple of days. This forms the base of the floor and ceilings in the Studio Building.

    View from the Wilma Morrison Courtyard into the woodworking studio View of the woodworking studio facing east
    View of the corner of the woodworking studio on the first floor and the studios on the second (with the Market Hall in the background) View of Cafe facing east
  • Market Hall is looking good

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    Steel Structure

    Bradshaw Ironworks has been busy erecting the steel on the property over the past couple of weeks. The photos below begin to paint the picture of what the building will look like. Check out the photos from Garritano Bros. from today as they checked the progress and recorded it with their drone.

    Images courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd.


    Next couple of weeks

    We are anticipating that the nail laminated timber will start arriving onsite in the next week or so. At that point, the flooring will start going in and you will really be able to get a sense of the Studio Building construction and what that will start to look like. Stay tuned, there might be some great shots of the flooring 'flying' into the building and being put in place.

    In the news

    We had a visit from the Niagara Falls Review who provided readers with an update. Check out John Law's story here.

  • Prequalified Artists named for Public Art Commission

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    The Main Street Courtyard will have a commissioned piece of public art once the project is complete.

    Details on the prequalified artists and the process are on this page.

  • Market Building is going up

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    The ironworkers on this project have turned their focus towards the Market Building. It is great to see it come together. We are quite excited about what possibilities this building holds for us.

    Market Days

    As you know, the Market has relocated to MacBain Community Centre for last and this summer season. The market will finish there at the end of November. Following that, the plan is to bring the vendors back to Main & Ferry in Spring of 2022 with a new building and a new indoor/outdoor experience. The site will be a wonderful blend of market stalls inside and outside of the building. We are also planning on adding Wednesdays to the rotation of the market during peak season. For years, residents have complained that they work every Saturday. The addition of a Wednesday market should be a welcome addition to the Exchange. We hope you are as excited about that as we are.

    The Market Hall

    Besides hosting the Market on Saturdays and Wednesdays (during peak season), the Market Hall is intended to be equipped to host a wide variety of events and activities. We heard the need for a space that is a mid-sized facility (150 seats theatre style) that is affordable to host vendor shows, music, theatre, dance and so much more. Community celebrations and events that bring the people of Niagara Falls will find a home here at the Exchange, and the Market Hall will be at the heart of it. This truly community gathering place will be a public space for City and community events alike.

    Aerial images courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd.


  • Steel, art and videos

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    Construction update

    The steel is going up on the Studio building and the form of the building is starting to become more apparent. The weather hasn't quite been on our side, but the work went really well and there is more to come. The construction team have also completed all the underground ductwork at the Studio building. Over the coming weeks, you will see more steel go up as they shift to the Market Hall building. And servicing for the site continues, as the water line service line will be completed shortly.

    Public Art RFPQ

    We have started the two stage process to have public art created for the property. The call to artists for the first phase has closed. The adjudication panel will now take a look at the applicants and select five to proceed to the next phase.

    The qualified applicants who move on to the adjudication stage:

    Aligned Vision Group

    Bermingham Studios

    Ferruccio Sardella

    Germaine Koh Studio Ltd.

    Kyle Thornley

    LeuWebb Projects

    Lilly Otasevic

    Nate Nettleton

    Nicholas Crombach

    Opus Art Projects

    Robert Cram

    Signature Sign & Image

    Slipper Liu Studio

    Stephen Cruise

    Studio Iregular Inc.

    Ted Fullerton

    and some videos

    We captured some photos and videos today that can show off the work to date.


  • Construction Update - June 2, 2021

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    Work is moving along on the property. The exciting news in the past two weeks is the completion of the floor of the Market Hall and the movement of the steel onto the property. In the coming weeks, you will start to see the buildings move up from the ground, as a lot of the foundational work is nearing completion. There is still some work underground to do, but a lot is completed. There is still a staircase from the basement to finish and some of the underground ductwork that is underneath the ramp in the Studio building to complete.

    The team on site will be testing the water supply into the buildings in the coming weeks as well. Hopefully, the steel framing will commence in the coming weeks and the shell will start to take shape.

    It is also exciting as the RFPQ that we have out to create the Public Art on the property is closing today. Can't wait to see the great ideas coming forward for that part of this project. We will share results as we move forward on that.

    AND, we had a visit from YourTV Niagara this week. Check out the video.

    Views of the Market Hall
    The Studio building from Main Street The Studio Building next to Bickles
    Another view of the Studio Building The rest of the yard

    Photos courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd.


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