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PGAV Destinations provided design services for Georgia Aquarium exhibit expansion


St. Louis, USA – PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations, is pleased to announce their successful project at the Georgia Aquarium. The newly-renovated Georgia-Pacific Cold Water Quest Gallery features redesigned exhibits for an exciting immersion into the habitats of two of the Aquarium’s marquee animals: African penguins and Southern sea otters.

Guests enjoy twice the number of birds in the brand-new African penguin exhibit, with its innovative and engaging habitat. The birds’ new accommodations feature more than 25 nesting areas integrated into a naturalistic rockwork environment that encourages breeding behavior. A state-of-the-art lighting system mimics the natural light cycle, utilizing the technology of 44 independently controlled, high-output florescent and LED lights to follow the actual sunrise and sunset times for the northern hemisphere. This cycle provides animal enrichment while fostering health and husbandry.

Children come face-to-face with their feathered favorites, with over 75 feet of new views into two pools through acrylic tunnels and pop-up windows. Children are invited to experience the crawl-through tunnels to see not only underwater activity but also the porpoising behavior of the animals, when they pick up speed swimming and actually jump out of the water right above the heads of viewers.

“From a design perspective, this exhibit retrofit allows for a larger habitat with flexibility to house more animals or even a new and different species in the future,” states Emily Howard, PGAV Destinations Project Manager. “It also ties with an adjacent expansion, so the two designs work together to maximize the enhanced spaces.”


The Georgia Aquarium
in Atlanta, Georgia, is said to be the world’s largest with more than eight million gallons of water and more aquatic life than any other aquarium. The mission of the Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards, offering engaging and exciting guest experiences and promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world.

PGAV Destinations is a global leader in the planning and design of unique destinations. Key clients include industry leaders such as Delaware North, SeaWorld Parks and Entertainment, the Biltmore Companies, Bass Pro Shops, Ameristar Casinos, Universal Studios, The Gettysburg Foundation, Niagara Parks Commission, The National Aviary, and many others.

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Judith Rubin
Judith Rubin ([email protected]) is a leading journalist, publicist, strategist, blogger, content marketing specialist and connector in the international attractions industry. She excels at writing about all aspects of design and technical design, production and project management. Areas of special interest include AV integration and show control, lighting design and acoustics, specialty cinema, digital video and world’s fairs. Judith has ties to numerous industry organizations. From 2005-2020 she ran communications, publications and social media for the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA). In 2013, she was honored with the TEA Service Award. She was development director of IMERSA, and co-chair of the 2014 IMERSA Summit. She was publicist for the Large Format Cinema Association in the 1990s, now part of the Giant Screen Cinema Association (GSCA) and has also contributed to the publications of PLASA, IAAPA and the International Planetarium Society. Already making her mark as a magazine and book editor, Judith joined World’s Fair magazine in 1987, which introduced her to the attractions industry. Launching as a freelancer in the mid 1990s she has contributed to dozens of publications and media outlets including Funworld, Lighting&Sound America, Sound & Communications, Urban Land, The Raconteur and The Planetarian. She joined InPark in 2010. Judith earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute. She has lived in New York City and the San Francisco Bay Area, and now makes her home in Saint Louis, where she is active in the local arts and theater community.

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