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Creating Space – Managing Inclusive Experiences to “Remember the Alamo” Now

The Alamo is contested ground. In 2018, after decades of failed planning efforts, however, a bold vision for the Alamo’s future won public approval and is now in design. The team responsible for the project will share their evidence-based, stakeholder-focused approach that is shaping a common ground where multiple histories find their voices in a… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Posts of 2019

  2019 was PGAV’s biggest blogging year yet, with new authors, new projects and programs to celebrate, and 25 posts throughout the year! We’re counting down the eight most popular posts of 2019 in this annual round-up to explore the biggest trends and headlines of our final year of the decade.   8. Inspiration Doesn’t… Continue reading.

Swimmin’ and BIMin’: A Partnered Collaboration of Transforming Union Station into an Aquarium

BIM has changed the way we work together, demanding new levels of collaboration. Teams need to come together in the early stages of the project to determine workflows before the work begins. The days of working in silos are going away. We have to communicate, coordinate, and collaborate more than ever. PGAV Destinations’ BIM Manager Matt… Continue reading.

And Then I said, ‘That’s Not My Dog, that’s My ROVER!’

  By Ben Cober, Director of Business Development and Research A recent article in the UK’s Daily Mail really caught my eye: NASA is looking for comedians. At the American Association for the Advancement of Science annual conference, professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Jeffrey Johnson spoke on the topic of “Building… Continue reading.

Designing Tomorrow

In celebration of the conference theme – “Celebrate 70: Back to the Future” – this session will provide insights from a panel of internationally recognized attraction design company executives that will discuss trends and considerations for accommodating, entertaining, and engaging tomorrow’s attraction visitors. PGAV’s Vice President Ned Diestelkamp The Producers Group’s Co-CEO and Founder Bob… 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.

Story Living: Bringing Ideas to Life through Technology, A Case Study of the St. Louis Aquarium at Union Station

Utilizing the visually captivating Saint Louis Science Center Omnimax Theater, the opening keynote is a case study presentation about the upcoming renovation of the St. Louis Union Station and its transformation from historic train station to urban mall to world-class aquarium. Presented by PGAV Project Manager Justin Stichter and Visualization Lead Steve Mohesky, this can’t-miss… Continue reading.

The PGAV Way

From Creative Culture to Master Planning to 3D Visualization Join PGAV Destinations Vice Presidents Tom Owen and Diane Lochner to learn how PGAV uses our resources and tools to help create successful collaborations with clients. The casual format will include an overview presentation followed by a facilitated discussion.

Lateral Thinking: How to Build the Impossible in SketchUp

What do you do when someone puts a sketch of a turtle-shaped restaurant on your desk… or a circular, spiraling, space frame observation tower…and asks you to build it in SketchUp? By harnessing the power of Lateral Thinking, you can build just about anything using SketchUp. When Push-Pull and Follow Me won’t get you there,… Continue reading.