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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.

The Gift of Wonder

  The holiday gift-giving season is right around the corner, and if you have children, your attic doors and basement closets have been welded shut to keep curious eyes from spoiling the surprises. Assuming you don’t possess the year-long foresight and planning prowess of a diligent elf, you’re probably scrambling to check off your naughty… Continue reading.

Inspiration Doesn’t Come Easy

  – By Dave Cooperstein, senior creative designer and Justin Stichter, Attraction Designer / Project Manager Just as a car needs constant input of gas to go, or a city constant input of energy to light the night, a factory of creativity needs constant input of inspiration. Imagining never-before-conceived roller coasters, unique solutions to animal welfare, or… Continue reading.

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’ BIM Manager Matt… Continue reading.

TEDx Gateway Arch: Crash Course with PGAV’s Sarah Aman

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.

PGAV’s Top Ten Hidden Gems of Summer Travel

  The sun is shining, the kids are out from school, and it’s time to use those well-earned vacation days (more than ever) to hit the road and explore the country! With the prevalence of Yelp reviews, TripAdvisor reports, and your cousin’s never-ending social media feed, it can be hard to find any unturned rock… 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.

It IS Easy Being Green

  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.

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.