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Time to Change: Creating an Inclusive Guest Culture to Meet Rapidly Changing Demographics

Zoos and aquariums play an important role within their communities as leaders in conservation, environmental education, animal care, and family fun. However, just as important as this ability to lead is the willingness and agility to adjust to their communities’ needs. As visitor demographics, habits, and expectations change, what are zoos and aquariums doing to… 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.

America’s Space Program and the Importance of Higher Purpose in Your Work

  – By Mike Konzen, CEO   This July we are celebrating America’s space program. Fifty years ago on July 20, 1969, Neal Armstrong became the first human to walk on the moon’s surface. Forty-two years later on July 21, 2011, Space Shuttle Atlantis landed at Kennedy Space Center, concluding STS-135, the final mission of NASA’s storied… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Summer Travel

  The sun is shining, the kids are out from school, and it’s time to use those well-earned vacation days (more than ever) to hit the road and explore the country! With the prevalence of Yelp reviews, TripAdvisor reports, and your cousin’s never-ending social media feed, it can be hard to find any unturned rock… 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 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.