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Rail Station & Yard at Water City

aec   Ideation and conceptual design with 3d rapid-prototyping, for mixed-use destination resort with regional rail station and rail servicing yard.  Proposed at Water City Niagara Falls project, now in design.  Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada.


Illustration work shown here is a product of aec‘s Rapid Prototyping Unit, combining feasibility results with preliminary project scaling, layout, and overall guest experiential design – created to assist Ownership group in confirming design intent and project budgets.


Posted information and images regarding this assignment is limited at client’s request.




Consultant for Mixed-Use Development

Consultant for Mixed-Use Development

Consultant for mixed-use development to be located in the Niagara region of Ontario, including feasibility analysis and conceptual design.  The mixed-use project, with the working name “Cross Link Niagara” is a hybrid resort with substantial retail-entertainment and outdoor recreation anchors.  The project has since been renamed along with a change of ownership.  The project site is situated adjacent to the historic central business district of Niagara Falls (Ontario, Canada).


StoneCreek Partners was retained as the feasibility and business planning consultant for this 51-acre mixed-use development, for the purpose of preparing a property offering memorandum to describe the project to third-party investors and strategic partners.


The master plan for Cross Link Niagara includes a man-made downhill (artificial surface) ski slope, a retail outlet mall, resort hotels, destination spa, a family entertainment center (FEC), and additional destination recreation and attractions.   In total, the “mega project” is envisioned to encompass 2.1 million+ SF of gross buildable area.   Cross Link Niagara is envisioned as a multi-faceted mixed-use development that will augment and propel the Niagara region’s tourism industry with an array of new attractions.



Consultant for Mixed-Use Development

Shown here, the architect’s view of the area context for the Cross Link Niagara project, with the Niagara river at left of the drawings.


The artificial ski slope at Cross Link Niagara was envisioned to use a Snowflex dry slope technology and materials. Dry ski slope (a/k/a artificial ski slopes) mimic the attributes of snow using materials that are stable at room temperature, to enable people to ski where natural slopes are inconvenient or unavailable.  Dry slope skiing has been around since the 1960’s.  Many of the “dry ski” slopes are lubricated using mist or jet systems to increase speed and prevent damage to equipment from friction heat build-up.


Cross Link Niagara, LLC was the legal entity and owner of the project at the time of this work, and was subsequently acquired by Cocov Destinations (Toronto).


cocov - Tourism Destination Strategy Consultants

BtoB Destination Marketing – “New Awe for the Falls”

Cocov Destinations  |    Strategic marketing support to Cocov Destinations.   Work includes creation of company naming, marketing nomenclature, leasing brochure, and previsualization studies, for a portfolio of retail-entertainment developments in the Niagara Falls region of Ontario and New York state.   Work has included umbrella promotional taglines for the portfolio.


The previsualization studies of the planned development has included rapid-prototyping of overall project concepts, specific tenancies, public areas and gathering places, and vertical oganization approaches.



Global Real Estate Consultants - project feasibility consultants

Cornell Gates Wellness District

Initial business plan conceptual work for planned wellness district in Markham (metropolitan Toronto), Canada.


Cornell Gates is a 20-acre master-planned mixed-use community to be developed in the rapidly growing Town of Markham in Greater Toronto. The project and Markham community are part of burgeoning urban growth underway in Greater Toronto, directly in the region’s direction of growth. The Toronto market has been largely unaffected by the world’s economic crisis, due to a local economy based on high-tech jobs growth and continued influx of new immigrants to Canada.


The project site enjoys excellent access to and from regional highway routes and public transit system, and just ten minutes from rail access to Downtown Toronto. The Cornell Gates community will be situated immediately adjacent to Markham Stouffville Hospital, a billion-dollar health care facility preparing to double its facilities by 2014 to serve local residents of more than 300,000.


Cornell Gates is part of an area Secondary Plan that sets the foundation for a major regional center at this location.


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