The last year of the decade was a thrilling one for PGAV, with grand openings for our clients, big changes in our studio, and new insights from attraction guests around the world. Scroll onward to revisit the stories that were on our designers’ minds throughout the year! Attraction Openings The brand-new, 120,000… Continue reading.
Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean that zoos around the country close their doors and send all their animals to hibernate for the winter. Instead, a team of caring keepers, animal experts, and experience designers work hard to ensure that the animals are safe, have opportunities to stay active, and that visitors can… Continue reading.
Designing for Impact Sarah is an exhibit and graphic designer with a passion for sustainable action and environmental conservation. At PGAV Destinations, she not only works with clients to design meaningful visitor experiences, she also founded and leads the company’s first official Green Team. By combining her love for nature and her skills in design,… Continue reading.
– By Ben Cober, Director of Business Development and Research Time and again through our Destinology research, we learn how travelers are always seeking something “authentic:” places where something real happened in history, natural places untouched by human hands, or unique things that couldn’t be done elsewhere. In fact, 80% of travelers cite this as… Continue reading.
By Joe Poelzl, architectural designer Anyone who has ever seen where I sit at work knows that PGAV steadily generates electronic waste. Computers get refreshed here on a regular basis in order to keep up with the demands of emerging technologies, and the old computers start to pile up fast. On average, PGAV phases out… Continue reading.
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.
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.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention: How Small Institutions Meet Everyday Challenges When Resources are Limited
The plight of the small zoo or aquarium is one of creatively resolving big challenges every day. These challenges are often met with not only limited funds, but also limited resources and personnel. Despite all of this, pound for pound small institutions make impressively significant impact by connecting people to wildlife and wild places in… Continue reading.
Assessing Public Perceptions of Zoos and Aquariums: Comparing Data and Recommendations from Four Different Research Firms
Over the last two years, AZA has conducted a study every quarter on the Public Perceptions of Zoos and Aquariums. During this time, we continue to see a national, slow, downhill trend on how the zoo and aquarium industry is perceived by the general public. But do we all need to look at data from… Continue reading.
– 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.