Zoos and Aquariums
Close encounters.

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From Heart of Africa in Columbus, to the Georgia Aquarium, to the award-winning Sea Lion Sound in St. Louis, our attractions reflect our commitment to innovation, a passion for animals, and a deep understanding of visitors. No one knows more about connecting people and animals in meaningful ways than PGAV Destinations.

Our designs enrich the experiences of your guests – and your animals – because they’re built on research and insight.

We understand how and why people move through exhibits and attractions. We know how to reveal surprising and delightful details in the right way, at the right time. From understanding and influencing guest (and animal) behavior, to incorporating technology and multimedia in new ways, we’re always looking to boldly go a step further. We know that it makes a difference in the lives of your guests.

The Grand Aquarium at Hong Kong's Ocean Park

We know your animals are the heart of your institution, which is why they’re at the heart of everything we do.

From day one, we’ll collaborate with your experts to create a program for healthy, happy animals, and safe, staff-friendly spaces for training, veterinary care, and enrichment. Back-of-house experiences are integrated into our designs from the very beginning.

Every corner, every walkway, every exhibit, and every space makes an impact.

Our work with zoos and aquariums extends beyond individual animal exhibits to include other critical aspects of the guest experience, like gift shops, restaurants, special event facilities, and wayfinding.

We believe in the power of zoos and aquariums to change the course of our environmental future through education, conservation, and the sheer joy of wonder in wildlife.

We help animals by helping our clients achieve their conservation missions without forfeiting business goals – or the guest experience.

We’re big thinkers.

Our branding, business, and master planning strategies help you develop your institution into its world-class best – financially, educationally, and experientially.

Create an unforgettable experience with us.
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Zoos and Aquariums Services


  • Master Plans
  • Business Strategy
  • Earned Revenue Plans
  • Brand Strategy
  • Product Development
  • Consumer Research
  • Visitor Experience Plans
  • Destination Tourism Assessments


  • Exhibit Design
  • Landscape Design
  • Site Planning
  • Architecture
  • Retail and Food Venue Design
  • Interior Design
  • Graphic Design
  • Sustainable Design
  • Ride Integration
  • Show and Interactive Media Design
  • Transportation Planning and Design
  • Digital and Physical Modeling
  • Cost Estimating
  • Budget and Schedule Management


  • Project Management
  • Construction Administration
  • Punch List
  • Onsite Project Review
  • Post-Occupancy Evaluation
  • Onsite Art Direction
  • Rock and Theming Art Direction