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Lessons from Living with Lupus & RA As We Plan Our Return from COVID-19

  – By Jedd Pellerin, Project Architect   My wife, kids, and colleagues will tell you that I (probably too often) extoll the benefits of early-bird dinners, never grocery shopping on the weekend, Sunday morning matinees, TSA Pre-check, and off-peak visits to resorts and attractions. I’ve always been a bit of a social distancer, somewhat… Continue reading.

The Emotion-Based Museum Experience

  – By Diane Lochner, Vice President   The IAAPA Expo 2019 Museum Day Session on The Emotion-Based Museum Experience was an opportunity to reflect on a design process that comes naturally to us at PGAV Destinations. Our focus is the visitor and our designs engage the visitor in interesting, surprising, and compelling ways. There are three… Continue reading.

PGAV’s Best of 2019

  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.

PGAV’s Top Posts of 2019

  2019 was PGAV’s biggest blogging year yet, with new authors, new projects and programs to celebrate, and 25 posts throughout the year! We’re counting down the eight most popular posts of 2019 in this annual round-up to explore the biggest trends and headlines of our final year of the decade.   8. Inspiration Doesn’t… Continue reading.

How Zoos Prepare for the Winter

  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.

The Emotion-Based Museum Experience

Visitor emotions are at play in every aspect of their museum visit. Learn how to improve exhibits using the techniques of emotional story mapping, which connect people to content in dynamic ways. Find out how to create a cohesive and memorable visit by scaffolding the visitor experience from the moment they enter to when they… Continue reading.

Navigating Challenges in Developing New Museum Experiences: Fort Ticonderoga

Beth Hill, President and CEO of Fort Ticonderoga, and Diane Lochner, Vice President at PGAV Destinations, will be discussing the transformative planning efforts at Fort Ticonderoga that started with a Strategic Master Plan in 2011. Their focus will be on one phase of the implementation plan – the Pavilion Node – and the series of… Continue reading.

How to Develop Color for Destinations: The Sun Does Shine Differently on All of Us

  – By Maura Murphy-Pusateri, Designer / Art Director   We are thrilled to introduce Designer / Art Director Maura Murphy-Pusateri! After engaging in fascinating studies across the world – Theater and English in Denver, Art History and Theater in London, Fine Arts in Chicago, and more – Maura can usually be found elbow-deep in… 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.

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.