The economy is coming back, slowly, but with steady growth. According to the American Institute of Architects, the ABI (a measure of billings growth in the architectural community) has seen the third staight month of sustainable recovery. This optimism is supported by a breadth of the upturn in design activity. Firms in three of the four major Census regions reported growth in revenue. Also, the major construction sectors served by architects are seeing healthier conditions.
This trend has certainly been seen with Harrisonburg Architects, The Gaines Group. The architectural firm that expanded into the Harrisonburg market 2 1/2 years ago to better serve the demand for “green” design in the valley is expanding again. According to firm founder, Ray Gaines, the growth is due to the incredible demand for common sense sustainable design solutions for residential and commercial projects. The Gaines Group, named “best green designers” in Virginia are experts at building science solutions that typically save money, countering the notion that “green costs more.“
The Gaines Group is moving into a larger office space in Downtown Harrisonburg and adding an Interior Designer in March (actually this weekend). This move is not only to position the firm to better serve those looking for energy efficient solutions, but also to expand their service to the baby boomer generation looking for design solutions that make their homes more convenient. Aging in Place or Universal Design are new terms for the design community, and once again, The Gaines Group isleading the way. Charles Hendricks, staff architect in the Harrisonburg office, is a Universal Design certificate holder with the State of Virginia and their new Interior Designer is a Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). This new design trend benefits everyone as it makes a home easier to navigate from carrying groceries into the house, bringing a new baby home, or someone that is facing mobility challenges due to aging.According to firm owner / architect, Charles Hendricks, the firm has been in Downtown Harrisonburg for 1 1/2 years. The new office is located at 57 South Main St. Suite 2, the Bank of America Building on Court Square.