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When Your Project is on Life Support: Part 3 – Cage Match: Steel vs GFRP Rebar in Animal Habitat Construction

  – By Jedd Pellerin, project architect Details matter in the design of animal habitats. Even the details that guests will never see because they are buried in a four foot thick concrete slab. Rebar (or reinforcing bar) is a critical component of most modern, reinforced concrete construction. This includes the concrete walls and slabs that are… Continue reading.

Three Tips for US Attractions’ #1 Reported Visitation Barrier

  – By Karen Baker, Sr. Director of Marketing and Branding   When was the last time you visited another country? Were there times you felt uneasy? Or even unwelcome? On a very basic level, visitors to a country want to feel both safe and welcome. While this seems obvious and straight-forward, not feeling welcome… Continue reading.

When Your Project is on Life Support: Part 2 – Planning for Renovations

  – By Jedd Pellerin, project architect Brand new zoos and aquariums are not built every day. Therefore, much of the design and planning work we do at PGAV is for existing facilities. Carrying out renovation work in these facilities while still keeping the doors open, the animals safe, and maintaining a high-level guest experience, offers… Continue reading.

PGAV Destinations’ List of “Must-see” Fantastic Creatures

Some of the Incredible Living Animals that Exist Today   With the widely anticipated November 16 release of the latest adventure into the world of wizards, we at PGAV Destinations were inspired to think about all the incredible living animals around us in America today. In the first film, Jacob Kowalski and Newt Scamander venture… Continue reading.

The Year of the Pollinator

– By Joe Poelzl, architectural designer Every year at PGAV, we pick a new cause for our “Conservation Awareness Campaign.” In our inaugural year, we raised awareness of the illegal ivory trade and the poaching of elephants, which was a big success, and led to new legislation to ban ivory trade in Missouri. In year… Continue reading.

Earth Day 2018: PGAVia Celebrates Frogs!

  The PGAVia team hopped right in to this year’s cause: frogs! Frogs and toads are important indicator species – they are among the first animals affected by environmental changes, which means they can tell us a lot about the health of an ecosystem. Like last year’s bee-centric Pollinator Café, our challenge was to figure… Continue reading.