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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 and McCarthy will… Continue reading.

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.

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.

Remember the Alamo! Because It Is Going to Change for the Better: A Case Study

One of the world’s best-known historic icons has recently undergone an extensive planning effort to restore reverence and dignity to the site. The Master Interpretive Plan, lead by PGAV Destinations along with Cultural Innovations and Reed Hilderbrand, will transform the site into an historic and cultural destination that lives up to the fame. The plan… Continue reading.

Site Master Plan Development: Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum Case Study

PGAV Destinations recently developed a Site Master Plan for the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum located in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Vice Presidents Diane Lochner and Tom Owen will walk attendees through the development of the Site Master Plan. This process included market surveys, interviews, site visits, and historical research to develop a visitor experience that not only… Continue reading.

The Emotional Power of a First Impression: Designing the Museum Arrival Experience

Planning and design for museums often focuses on what happens inside galleries. But research tells us a visitors’ emotional state impacts their ability to learn. Presenters from PGAV Destinations will share case studies from projects to illustrate key principles of arrival design. Participants will engage in interactive round-table exercises to apply the principles to real… Continue reading.