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Water City Niagara Falls, a Cocov Destinations Niagara property

Water City Resort Niagara Falls (Ontario) – Conceptual Design

aec  Cocov Destinations (Toronto)  |  Location based entertainment consultants for massing and vertical structure organization for year-round ski structure with interior sports and recreation venues, major hotel and fractional residence towers, in planning.  An indoor water park and play area is a major component of the project.

 

Water City Niagara Falls consists of 51 acres situated in the heart of downtown Niagara Falls (Ontario) and proximate to the Niagara River. The land is relative flat and suitable for development without significant mitigation required. The scale of the Project site is somewhat unique given the urbanized nature of much of the city of Niagara Falls. The site is a former Canadian National Railway (“CNR”) property.  Canadian National Railroad’s operation at the Subject Property and the bridge, dates to predecessor rail companies beginning with a grant of charter in 1834 (to London & Gore Railroad). That rail charter became the first railway across southern Ontario.

 

The Property was acquired by Cocov Development Co. in 2015, through two special purpose legal entities formed for this purpose.

 

At client request, the images shown here include limited details only.  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.

 

 

 

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).

 

hockey rink design

Hockey Training Facility

Rapid prototyping of indoor hockey training and regional league play facility, planned for the greater Buffalo region of New York state.

 

Client:  Cocov Destinations – Toronto.  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.

 

 

 

mixed-use development consultants

Ski Miami

StoneCreek Partners was retained to participate in ideation and product concepting for this innovative retail-entertainment attraction to be situated in North Miami, Florida. The facility was to include an indoor facility for downhill skiing, an extreme sports zone, and an array of retail and entertainment shops and activities.

 

 

Outdoor recreation consultants and designers

Snowtubing Hill – Artificial Snow material

aec   Confidential Client  |  Ideation and initial layout for snowtubing hill using all-weather Snowflex® artificial snow material.   Second phase of development to include a second all-weather facility, a Glice® synthetic ice skating rink and path.  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.

 

The project is inspired by the outdoor artificial Snowflex Tubing Park at Wolfe Mountain (Branson, Missouri), a 400-FT slope with a simultaneous capacity of eight snow tubes to make a run.  The Wolfe Mountain facility uses Briton Engineering’s (West Yorkshire, UK) Snowflex snow sports surfacing product.