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

Subscribe to future updates - click on the "subscribe" button to the right!

  • 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.


  • Construction Update - May 19, 2021

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    It is a significant milestone in the project for several reasons. We hit a point where the foundation work is pretty much complete (except for some ramps, stairs and a small entrance space). We are also looking at a substantial completion date that is approximately one year from now (okay, so maybe we are jumping it a bit, but the current projection is the end of May 2022).

    You can see from the photos provided by Garritano Bros. Ltd that work is progressing along very nicely. The concrete floor finishing for the Studio building is halfway done. The crew continues to work on weatherproofing, insulation and vapour barriers on the property. And they have completed the testing of the radiant heating system.

    In the next two weeks, they will continue with more of the concrete floors in other areas and you will see some structural steel start going up. The team has been working hard since last November, but you will really start to notice changes once the building goes vertical.

    While the steel is going up, the work on the ductwork will continue as they will also continue to backfill the foundations when appropriate. It will really start evolving over the coming few weeks/months.

    Images Courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd
  • RFPQ out for Public Art at the eXchange

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    We are really excited to launch our search for the public art piece to be located in the Main Street Courtyard of the eXchange.

    The official bid page and all details can be found here.

    For a summary of the project and to follow the process. Check out the Public Art Let's Talk page.


  • Flyover of the property

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    Thought we would share this quick video we took this week.

    This takes one from above the Market Hall through that space towards the Studio Building and the front cafe space.


  • Archeology at the eXchange

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    Last week the Museums hosted Doug Todd of ASI to talk about the history of the property and what was discovered. Check out the youtube video of this discussion.

  • Construction update - May 6, 2021

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    I think we come on here every two weeks and say that things are progressing in the same ways. It is hard to explain how far things really have moved forward. But when you are on the property, you get a really great sense of change. Yesterday that struck me as I saw the insulation for the market hall floor in place. It is getting real. Basement floors are going in, servicing to the building - at least the conduits - are in place.

    The final foundation work is getting into place very shortly, as the 'two buildings' will be connected very shortly. They have started moving steel onto the property for the next stage of work as the building starts to move upwards.

    As it is in many aspects of life, the foundation is so critical, so there is still a little bit more before we start seeing the building go vertical, however floors will be poured in the next couple of weeks and the radiant heat system will be put in place and tested just before that. This are moving really well and we anticipate that we can be moving into the building a year from now.

    On a similar note - the Farmers' Market is relocated to MacBain during construction and is opening on May 15th! We are really excited about that sign of summer.

    All images in this post are courtesy of the General Contractor on the project, Garritano Bros. Ltd.

    And one last reminder - the Niagara Falls Museums will host a talk tonight by Doug Todd on the archeology found on the property during construction.


  • Construction Update - April 21, 2021

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    The construction site was covered with snow like the rest of the region today. Work continues on the site as it meets the criteria to continue under current restrictions.

    If you look closely (and hopefully tomorrow on our social media we hope to have a few more pictures from the site) in the pictures, you will see that they have started to support the basement walls of the Studio building with steel braces. Next will come (hopefully) in the next two weeks the concrete floors for both the Market Hall and the basement of the Studio building. As the team has completed the foundations, they will start to backfill on the site, giving us an even better sense of what the buildings footprint will be like.
    It is slowly taking shape. We are very excited to think, in just over a year, we hopefully will be enjoying a coffee in the front courtyard on a nice, sunny and warm spring morning. It was easier to picture last week than today.

    Photo courtesy of Garritano Bros. Limited

  • Construction update & upcoming lecture - April 8, 2021

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    It seems like every two weeks we let you know that more walls are going up and foundation work. Well, still kinda what is happening. However, you can see from the photos provided, there is a bit more going on. The shape of the building is really coming into view. One can see the ductwork being set in the walls and floor of the Market Hall. You can see the basement floor being set in the Studio building and you can see all the work going into making this great building.




    Bottom two images are courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd.


    Also - check out the programming by the Museum staff

    History & Archeology @ the eXchange
    May 6th @ 7pm

    The City of Niagara Falls is adding a new addition to the landscape on Main Street. Located along original portage route, the property once housed a hotel and a theatre. Evidence of both have been uncovered during the construction of this new facility. Join us as we have a discussion with Doug Todd of Archeological Services Inc. as we unearth the history of the new eXchange property and material that was found there.

    Click on the link to Register: https://niagarafalls.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DjFEDBTqRpmW84hX0pMPVw

  • Construction Update - March 24, 2021

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    The weather has been spectacular for this construction project.

    The work has been progressing very steadily over the past couple of weeks. We are quite literally laying the foundation for the project. Every day you can see that they have moved a little bit further with the project. It isn't huge leaps and bounds, but steady progress. From the photos I am sharing today. You can see that they are finishing off the foundational walls to the South building. They are also continuing to add waterproofing to the foundation. They have also started to lay the ductwork for the heating of the Market building.
    Over the coming few weeks, they will continue to work around the site foundations, will continue waterproofing and weeping tiles. They will start to add underground plumbing into the South building and they will start to back fill into the foundations. It is slow and steady work, but if you look at it over time, you can see how the project is moving.

    Take a look at the photos taken day by the Garritano team.

    Images Courtesy Garritano Bros. Ltd


  • New video and foundational work continues

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    There is a great new time lapsed video to show the work to date put together by the Communications team at the City of Niagara Falls.


    The Construction team continues to make great progress on the side. Most of foundation work is complete. When you see the photos, you see the Market Building complete. There is still some work on the Studio building (building closest to Main Street) to be done. But from the photos, you can see the large basement is nearly closed in. With this great weather, they will continue to move forward with the walls. They are adding waterproofing, weeping tile and some of the exterior plumbing.

    It continues to move forward and start to be a new reality. Unfortunately it won't be ready for the 2021 Market season (was never supposed to be) but as we get closer to great local produce, we can start imaging the possibilities on this property.



    Photos courtesy Garritano Bros. Ltd.