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Main Street News

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...

January, 2017

Main Street Design Provides Interpretive Planning & Design for Florida: Mission Everglades at Zoo Miami. Read article by Joe Kleiman

December, 2016

South Florida zone tells story of the Everglades at Zoo Miami. Read Article by Alice Davis

December, 2016

New Everglades Exhibit at Zoo Miami article by Jenny Staletovich.    See video here with Communications Director, Ron Magill.



December, 2016

Carol Kruse: Director prepares for Zoo Miami’s Everglades exhibit read MIAMI TODAY article by Susan Danseyar.  Click here for a preview of our work on this project.



November, 2016

Visiting Nature's Neighborhoods See Video here

Creature Feature


October, 2016

Main Street Design is delighted to announce the opening of Nature’s Neighborhoods, the George Robert White Fund Children's Zoo at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. The first major new attraction in over a decade at this community-focused zoo in a Frederick Law Olmsted-designed park, Nature’s...

October, 2016

Read SOFT LANDING by Jane Roy Brown

Main Street Design completed the Interpretive Signage for the 1st Lt. Arthur E. Farnham Jr. and SSgt. Thomas M. Connolly Jr. Memorial Park in Canton, Massachusetts. 

October, 2016

Zoo Miami’s latest blockbuster attraction sticks close to home, exploring the unique ecosystem and extraordinary diversity of the legendary “river of grass.” Florida: Mission Everglades, which debuts on December 8th in conjunction with the opening of the Zoo’s dynamic new main entrance, takes...

September, 2016

wbur The ARTery
The New Children's Zoo Invites Kids to Play Like The Animals
by Arts Reporter Greg Cook
September 16, 2016