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PGAV Destinations Honored by Southeast Construction Magazine with “Best Cultural Project” Award


Saint Louis, Missouri USA — PGAV Destinations, a global leader in the planning and design of cultural and entertainment destinations, announced that their Georgia Aquarium Dolphin Expansion project has been named the “Best Cultural Project” 2010 Award winner by Southeast Construction Magazine.

Opening to the public in November 2010, the $110 million project includes an 84,000 square foot space about the size of two football fields, with a 1.3 million gallon exhibit housing trained bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). The expansion, located on the west side of the present Aquarium building in downtown Atlanta, will house dolphin encounters, viewing windows and dolphin shows.


PGAV Destinations served as both architect and exhibit designer for this project, following their role as exhibit designer for the highly successful initial phase of the Georgia Aquarium. “We are honored and excited to continue to be a part of the Georgia Aquarium. This expansion brings a well-loved, favorite animal to a world class home,” says Jim Moorkamp, Principal PGAV Destinations.

The annual Southeast Construction competition recognizes construction and design excellence in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. This year, 183 entries vied for top honors in 22 different categories. An independent jury of industry experts reviewed the entries and selected this year’s winners. Eligible projects had to be located within the four-state region and substantially completed between Sept. 1, 2009 and Sept. 1, 2010.

Images: PGAV Destinations

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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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