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exploration of mall redevelopment for entertainment use in Niagara Falls region.

Mall Redevelopment for Entertainment

AEC was retained by this regional mall owner to explore the mall’s redevelopment for entertainment use, in Niagara Falls (New York).  As the design consultant for the project, we considered all manner of repurposing options that could best utilize the existing physical configuration and infrastructure of the shopping center.


The starting point established by client Cocov Destinations, was to provide an all-weather “participatory sports” and recreation facility, serving league and sports club enthusiasts of all age groups.  One competitive advantage for the property was the substantial grounds at or about the former shopping center and the potential for using additional nearby land also owned by the developer.


Formerly operated as the Summit Mall, the newly-dubbed Niagara International Sports & Entertainment Center (“NISE Center”) transforms a derelict 850,000-square foot shopping mall into a world-class sports facility.   More than 900,000 annual visitors are estimated to participate in or view the athletic functions currently committed in the facility’s first years.  This estimate includes the athletes, coaches, friend s, families and other walk in event related (coaches, administrators etc.) traffic.  The attendance number is expected to increase as additional leagues and events are booked.


Confidential – At client request, the rapid-prototyping (previsualization) image for this exploration of mall redevelopment for entertainment use, includes limited details only.   Shown below, a view of the defunct mall prior to commencement of revitalization effort by Cocov Destinations.    Note – this is an update to a prior post.



Defunct regional shopping mall, slated for redevelopment.

Owner Representation Consultants

Facilities Management – Sport Center Las Vegas

Urban Land of Nevada  |  Owner representative consultant, facilities manager, and event producer for Sport Center Las Vegas, including daily operation of family entertainment center activities associated with the facility.


Events included all manner of spectator sports, concerts, major private team-building events, and corporate incentive meetings. Restaurant offerings and catering coordinated with on-site food provider, Delaware North.



Project Feasibility Study for Partial Golf Repurposing

Feasibility Study for Partial Golf Repurposing

Feasibility study for partial golf repurposing for a part of an existing public daily fee golf course, located in an exurban area of greater Los Angeles.


Initial schematic design and project feasibility analysis of proposed “family entertainment center (FEC)” to serve an upscale community of the Conejo Valley area of greater Los Angeles. Work included facilities recommendations, guest events and activities, and strategic marketing considerations.


The project was an opportunity to repurpose an underutilized portion of an existing golf course, and achieve partial highest-and-best-use.   In this feasibility study for partial golf repurposing, the golf practice range would be relocated.   This relocation would create an excellent commercial pad for the intended re-use, with direct freeway visibility.   The required re-routing of existing golf irrigation lines, storm drainage, and outdoor lighting was minimized as a part of the feasibility evaluation. The design for the relocated golf practice range included additional putting and chipping areas for golfers using the practice facility as a standalone out-of-home activity.


Most project information and specific location are intentionally obscured, at client request.   This work on behalf of the golf course owner is an example of a recent golf industry trend, of golf assets being evaluated for potential renovation and/or redevelopment to achieve highest-and-best-use of the underlying property.



Golf Course Redevelopment Consultants

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.

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FEC at Shopping Mall Retrofit

Summit Mall (Wheatfield, NY)   |  For the former Summit Mall (Wheatfield, New York), a large family entertainment center was explored to replace vacant store spaces. The FEC would operate with week-part synergies with the planned all-weather recreational sports facilities.  As part of the assignment, we created interim collateral materials (strategic marketing) for use in marketing the facility to third-party sports, sports retail, and recreation-related tenants.


The Summit, formerly Summit Park Mall, was an enclosed regional shopping mall in Wheatfield, New York near Niagara Falls.  he original anchor stores of Summit Mall were Sears, AM&A’s (bought out by The Bon-Ton in 1995), Hens & Kelly, and Jenss.   In October 1992, Macy’s opened a closeout store.  The mall first opened in 1972 and was largely vacant by the late 1990’s.


Project Conceptual Site Planning

Community Recreation Center – Concept Site Plan

Northern Cheyenne Tribe  |  As part of a reservation master plan, SCP created an inexpensive community center concept through repurposing a defunct automotive lubrication business.


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.





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