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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.

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.

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.

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.