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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.

Bali and Lombock: A PGAV GO! Experience

  By Victoria Gray, Designer   It’s 2 a.m. and I have slept for roughly one hour after my second day in Ubud, Bali. I’m trying to will myself awake; it’s never worked before, but maybe this time?  Whose idea was this? How had I found myself signed up to summit an active volcano 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.

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.

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.