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Main Street News

September, 2020

Main Street’s President, Michael Mercadante, will be a featured speaker at the popular On the Boards session of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums 2020 annual conference. Every year, this highly selective session showcases innovative exhibit projects that are still in the design or...

August, 2020

Nature’s Neighborhoods at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo has recently been recognized with design awards by both the Boston Society of Landscape Architects and the American Society of Landscape Architects' Florida Chapter.

The Boston jury chose Nature’s Neighborhoods for a Design...

July, 2020

Run of the River, Main Street’s new permanent exhibition for the Maymont Nature Center in Richmond, Virginia finally opens on July 2nd after being delayed for three months due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Visitors will be able to explore the amazing biodiversity of the James River. Click here to...

June, 2020

THINK at Science North recently received the 2020 CASCADE AWARD for BEST EXHIBIT or SHOW, LARGE INSTITUTION from CASC (Canadian Association of Science Centers). Designed in collaboration with Science North staff and Hands On! Studio, and fabricated by kubik maltbie and Creative Machines, THINK...

May, 2020

In March, just as the pandemic was accelerating, Main Street started Schematic Design for the Montana Heritage Center, a new 50,000sf state history museum in the capitol, Helena. We provided interpretive master planning for the Heritage Center back in 2009, and as we resumed work on the project...

April, 2020

Even in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic, the intrepid crew from Building Four Fabrication have been hard at work installing Run of the River, Main Street’s new permanent exhibition for the Maymont Nature Center in Richmond, Virginia. Pictured here are the beaver lodge gathering place and, in...

March, 2020

Main Street Design is in final production of interpretive experiences for Primate Forest and Polar Passage at the Oregon Zoo, two of the first projects mentioned on Blooloop’s list of 16 new zoo and aquarium projects to watch in 2020. Primate Forest and Polar Passage break new ground in...

February, 2020

Main Street is delighted to be providing interpretive concept development and design for a transformative new initiative at California’s oldest zoo. Working in collaboration with Greenway Partners of Arcata, California and Sequoia Park Zoo staff and stakeholders, we are creating a unique suite...

September, 2019
Houston Arboretum's Nature Center

Renovations are now underway for the Houston Arboretum's Nature Center. For more updates on the project, click here. Updates to the Discovery Room include a log where children can learn about decomposition, and a crawl through area for children to explore and learn about the underground prairie...

July, 2019

The death of almost half the trees at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center has encouraged a total reevaluation of its 155 acres, all the way down to the soil and the seeds. The Houston Chronicle lists Main Street Design amoung the master planning team that includes Lake/Flato Architects,...

June, 2019
houston zoo texas wetlands graphic

We are please to announce the completion of Texas Wetlands, a new exhibit at the Houston Zoo featuring native wildlife with a pond, marsh area and underground zone for kids to explore. Main Street Design developed and designed the interpretive graphics that are integrated into a living working...

May, 2019

The Jekyll Island Authority engaged Main Street Design, in partnership with the Weber Group, to create new exhibitions and guest experiences for a complete renovation of the Jekyll Island Museum. The reimagined facility guides visitors through the rich cultural and natural history of Georgia's...

April, 2019

As President of the International Board of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), Michael Mercadante hosted the Thea Awards Gala at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California on Saturday, April 15th. This global event has been honoring achievement, talent and personal excellence in our...

February, 2019
Science North THINK exhibit

We are delighted to announce the opening of THINK, an interactive exhibition and maker space at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. This is the first comprehensive makeover of Science North’s very popular fourth floor in 35 years, and it represents the fifth major project that our firm has...

November, 2018

Michael Mercadante was recently elected to serve as International Board President of the Themed Entertainment Association (TEA), effective November 2018. In this exclusive interview by Joe Kleiman, Michael talks about his firm’s work, his design background and business philosophy, and shares his...

July, 2018

Main Street Design was involved in two projects listed as the 15 Coolest Zoo Exhibits in the U.S. for Families by Mommynearest - #4 Florida Mission Everglades at Zoo Miami and #6 Nature's Neighborhoods at the Franklin Park Zoo. Read the article by Sarah-Grace Sweeney with the full list of...

May, 2018
exhibit design, main street design

In a public city park in Richmond, Virginia, on the grounds of a great American estate, the Maymont Nature Center’s exhibits and educational programs introduce area residents to the wonders of the natural world in their own backyard. Aquarium tanks, a river otter habitat, and diverse science...

April, 2018

For a nearly 100 year old organization devoted to hiking and enabling public access to outdoor experiences, Main Street is working on two parallel initiatives.

At Bear Mountain State Park we are developing the second phase of Trails for People, a unique play-based exploration of trail...

February, 2018

Main Street Design, in partnership with Hands On! Studio, has been selected to create a groundbreaking new permanent experience at Science North in Sudbury, Ontario. THINK, an acronym for Tinker, Hack, Innovate, Network and Know, will be a guided interactive maker space where people of all...

December, 2017

Main Street Design has been selected to provide interpretive planning, exhibit design, and environmental graphics design for the Houston Zoo’s new Texas Wetlands exhibits, working in collaboration with Studio Hanson|Roberts, a leading zoo exhibit design firm. The exhibits will feature American...

July, 2017

Main Street Design is pleased to announce that we have been selected to undertake a comprehensive redesign of the Jekyll Island Museum, in partnership with The Weber Group, a leading design-build firm focused on the entertainment and hospitality industries. The new Museum will tell the deeply...

June, 2017

We are pleased to announce the completion of Wildlife on the Edge at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, New York, a comprehensive re-interpretation of the Zoo’s existing Rocky Coasts zone that gives exhibits a fresh new look while updating content and messages to reflect current conservation...

April, 2017

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the completion of the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center's new Savanna Field Station – the first in a series of satellite interpretive destinations to be located at intervals along the Arboretum's trails. These simple shade structures, built in part...

February, 2017

Main Street Design has been selected by the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology to develop and design new interpretive exhibits and experiences for the Lab’s Visitor Center at Sapsucker Woods, just off the Cornell University campus. Recognized worldwide as a leading ornithological research...

February, 2017

Main Street Design is delighted to have been selected by the Arlington (Virginia) Public Schools and Quinn Evans Architects to provide interpretation for the Stratford Middle School, in conjunction with a major renovation and expansion of the school being designed by QEA. In February of 1959...

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