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Main Street News

November, 2021

The Brevard Zoo has received official approval from the Port Canaveral, Florida port commissioners to proceed with design and development of a new standalone aquarium facility on the shores of the Banana River. This groundbreaking attraction will combine the fun and entertainment of a family...

October, 2021

We are thrilled to report that the Kathrine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands and Cypress Circle Café at the Houston Zoo received the 2021 Top Honors for Excellence in Exhibit Design from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Main Street provided interpretive planning and design for this project,...

September, 2021

The nation’s newest national park opened to the public, fittingly enough, on Labor Day 2021. The site preserves and interprets the history of the Pullman Palace Car Works in south Chicago, a landmark in American industrial and labor history. Main Street provided exterior interpretation and site...

July, 2021

Congratulations to the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center, a long-term repeat Main Street Design client, on taking another huge step in the transformation of their Memorial Park campus. HANC just opened their state-of-the-art new nature playscape, a hands-on, minds-on, whole body, nature-...

May, 2021

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the completion of our memorial trail at the Dorothy Hamm Middle School in Arlington, Virginia. In conjunction with its renovation and expansion, the former Stratford Junior High School – originally named for Robert E. Lee’s plantation – was renamed to...

April, 2021

The Sequoia Park Zoo in Eureka, California has opened its new Redwood Sky Walk for limited capacity testing of interpretive components developed by Main Street Design. Simple, unobtrusive graphics were designed to provide information without interfering with the guests’ direct experience of...

February, 2021

Congratulations to the Houston Zoo on their receipt of both a 2020 AZA Green Award, Significant Achievement, and Special Recognition from the Houston-Galveston Area Council of Parks and Natural Areas for the Katherine G. McGovern Texas Wetlands. Main Street is proud to have provided interpretive...

December, 2020
Henkel's leaf-tailed gecko

Main Street Design is proud to have been selected by the Riverbanks Zoo & Garden in Columbia, South Carolina to provide interpretive planning and design for a comprehensive transformation and expansion of the Zoo’s Aquarium and Reptile Center. The new project, designed by GLMV Zoos, will...

November, 2020

Nature’s Neighborhoods at Zoo New England’s Franklin Park Zoo was recently recognized with a design award by the American Society of Landscape Architects' Florida Chapter which will be presented during their Design Awards Gala in Orlando on November 6th. Michael Mercadante will be attending the...

October, 2020

Main Street is in the process of finishing Schematic Design for the Montana Heritage Center, a new 50,000sf state history museum in the capitol, Helena. Our work involves a strong collaborative relationship with the Montana Historical Society's project team and with the project architects,...

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...

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