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

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

  • Main Street Public Art - Stage 2 Applications are in

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    We are excited to announce the 5 short listed applications to create the public art for the Main Street side of the building.

    We encourage you to check out the concepts presented by the artists, as well has provide your thoughts on them as well.

    To view all the images and artist statements, please check out our Let's Talk page for the Public Art

    To provide your thoughts on the submissions, check out the survey here.

    Germaine Koh Studio Ltd

    Fluid Changes

    Kyle Thornley
    Creating a Buzz

    Lily Otasevic
    Dia·log

    Nicholas Crombach
    Flock
    Slipper Liu Studio
    The Niagara Falls Husk Dance
  • New Call for Public Art @ the Exchange

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    Continuing with our wish that this facility both contribute to the vibrancy of the neighbourhood and also provide spaces for artists to showcase their work. The City of Niagara Falls Culture Division is excited to put out a new call for a digital mural to span the Market building facing Main Street.

    Artists are encouraged to read all the guidelines and details on our Calls page

    This is a Provincial two-stage competition for professional artists as per the Canada Council’s guidelines.

    Proposals are encouraged from Artists and Artist-Led Teams who have experience in creating large scale works and the technical skills to provide the work in a digital format suitable for large scale reproduction. The City of Niagara Falls will be responsible for printing the mural onto aluminum composite panels and installation.

    Artists will be selected by a Jury through a two-stage process involving a written statement of approach and qualifications, followed by submission of a detailed final artwork by short-listed Artists. The short-listed artwork can be created in any medium but must be provided as high resolution digital files suitable for large format printing. Final proposal can be illustrated, painted, digital, photographic, collaged or any artwork that can be reproduced two-dimensionally/ digitally.

    Award: $7,500 Short-listed applicants completing a stage two submission will receive $500.

    Stage 1 Submission Deadline:

    Monday May 2, 2022 11:59pm

    Artist Information Meeting:

    Tuesday April 19, 2022 5pm via Zoom

    Artists are invited to view a presentation on the adjudication process and submission requirements. This is not a mandatory meeting.

    SUBMISSION FORM HERE.

  • Construction Update - March 21

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    With the changing of the weather, we were able to get back onsite and take some photos inside and outside of the building. You can see the progress being made by the team on the site. Stay tuned as we will continue to show you construction progress as well as programming and rental possibilities.

    Lobby and future home of the Arts & Culture Wall of Fame Woodworking Studio
    Wilma Morrison Courtyard Cafe

    Artist Studios Market Hall
    Gallery View of buildings from Sylvia Place
  • Construction Update - February 9, 2022

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    Ongoing work happening as the team starts to get ready for the building occupancy. You can see from the photos below. The construction team has been putting in wood blocking in preparation of the skylights going in. The Studio Building second floor curtain wall is almost in place and should be complete shortly. The drywallers are starting to add drywall to the ceiling where possible and the rooms are starting to shape up. In the coming weeks, the contractors will continue with drywall, drains, ductwork and electrical rough ins.

    The Culture division team is just completing some of the details for renting studio spaces, the Market Hall and membership in the woodworking studios. We will start releasing some of the details within the coming weeks and are really excited to share those with you.

    View of the Studio Building looking south Overhead view of the site
    The Market Hall facing west. This area will be busy on market days. Vendors will be set up outside and inside the market hall in this area. Wilma Morrison Courtyard. Once complete, this will be a great space to sit down, enjoy some food from the market and meet with friends and neighbours.
    View above the Market Hall showing the wood blocking going in to get ready for the skylights. View in the basement showing some of the rough ins and ceiling drywall.


  • Construction Update - January 14, 2022

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    The construction team onsite has been working busily on the interior and exterior. They are approaching a critical stage of closing in the building. Once this happens, a lot of the interior work can commence. There is continued work on the windows around the property and the numerous skylights are to arrive shortly.

    The team has installed the main staircase in the Studio building and lots of the materials for the interior has arrived or will arrive shortly.

    We are also starting the job of looking at furnishing the property once it is completed by the contractors. We have worked with many people to ensure that we do this right.

    For the woodworking shop, we have spoken to many experts in this area to ensure that the shop is fitting to make it a great community asset. We also are looking at what needs that creatives, promoters and producers will need to utilize the Market Hall and the rest of the facility to be an interesting and engaging community asset.

    Check out some views around the property this week.

    Artist Studios Basement storage area Cafe
    Artist Studios and Gallery Main Staircase in Studio Building
    Market Hall in foreground with Studio building to the left - view from Sylvia Place
    Photo Courtesy of Garritano Brothers Ltd.


  • Construction update - December 17, 2021

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    The winds are kicking up and the weather is getting colder, however, the construction on the site moves on. From the photos below, you will be able to see how the building is starting to shape up. Since these photos were taken, some windows have been added to the market building. The orange that can be seen in some of the aerial photos, is tarping to protect the building until the skylights are moved in place.

    Since the last report, all the concrete flooring has been poured. The team has started adding insulation in some areas and windows have also been added to the Studio building.

    In the coming weeks, the team will continue working (with a short break for the holidays) on windows, vapour barriers, ducts and rough ins. The next larger piece will be the main staircase which will be going in shortly after the holiday. Can't wait.



    Photos courtesy of Garritano Bros. Ltd
  • 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
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