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The Gaines Group, PLC has been awarded the
2008 Virginia Sustainable Building Network's Innovation Award for "Best Green Designer" for the state of Virginia.

The Gaines Group, PLC is an architectural firm dedicated to common sense green solutions that add value to your project through energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance designs.


Unlike many other architectural firms with whom I have worked, The Gaines Group is acutely aware that an owner's primary goal is to maximize his or her investment. Without compromising the integrity of the project's concept, these particular architects make a deliberate and concerted effort to develop a cost conscious design. With both the architect and the owner having the same goal, the development process is simplified and the project is undeniably better.

I firmly believe that each project that The Gaines Group, PLC has done for me as an owner is an asset to the community.

The Gaines Group is superb in handling the inevitable problems that arise during development. The process of value analysis and or field conditions often dictate that changes must be make to a design. The Gaines Group exhibits singular flexibility in approaching such situations. As a result, any project delays, which translate into money being lose, are minimized.

-Repeat Developer Client

"Charles is a stellar example of a collaborative architect. He guided us through the planning process in designing a unique zero energy, solar-powered residence. Always willing to listen and consider creative approaches, Charles' support was terrific from start to finish. We are delighted with the outcome and love our new home."

-Residential Client

Ray Gaines brought to bear a talented and knowledeable staff to examine and document the buildings condition. In my opinion, their evaluation and recommendations were thorough, necessary and professionally presented. I give you my full endorsement of The Gaines Group's abilities to address the needs of any client searching for professional design recommendations for building restoration.

-Historic Restoration Commercial Client

We felt as if we needed guidance in helping to understand new design techniques and materials that were based on environmental and energy efficiency. Charles Hendricks was a major contributor and leader in this effort. Not only did Charles guide us through the paperwork to attain LEED registration status for the house, but he was instrumental in working with suppliers and distributors to provide materials for our project. Our high school was the first-ever in the country to earn LEED registration for the construction of a residential home. We have recently put the modular home on the market and hope to attain LEED Certification status, another major milestone.

All of our success would not be possible without the countless hours and perseverance that Charles Hendricks and representatives of the Gaines Group, PLC provided us along the way. We are indebted to their time and energy to make this such a valuable experience for our students.

-Non-profit Residential Client

Over the past 9 years The Gaines Group architectural firm has done plans for and guided us through several renovation and new construction projects. Two of these projects were related to a change of use as well as renovation. In each case they worked with us in a very professional and timely manner and we were very satisfied with the quality and cost of their services. Mr. Ray Gaines not only has invaluable design skills he would also bring a strong knowledge of local history to the project.

-Repeat client

"Charles is a "shining star" in today's design challenges. The Gaines Group's approach is "cutting edge" with innovative design. I would highly recommend a consultation to learn more about what their firm has to offer."

-Product Representative

Charles has shown extraordinary leadership in his work as a volunteer with the Construction Specifications Institute (CSI). Since I began at CSI over two years ago, Charles has impressed me with the way he approaches problem situations and takes initiative to solve them. A case in point was a struggling chapter in Roanoke, VA. Charles was able to revitalize the chapter by pulling in the region directors, some local contacts, and some new people, and get a steering committee formed. His guidance and support were key to the work the chapter is now doing. As a member of the CSI national Membership Committee, Charles has been an active participant and is currently chairing his own membership project. It is a pleasure and a privilege to work with such a talented and motivated leader.

-CSI Staff

"Charles is a creative, hard working architect with a great grasp of LEED techniques and requirements. I recommend him to anyone looking for an energy efficient, healthy, innovative and attractive building design!"

-Civil Engineer

"Charles and I have served as steering committee members of the local chapter of the US Green Building Council over the past 2 years. He is an excellent project manager, with a strong commitment to sustainable design. His work has a reputation for a high level of quality and strong quality control. I recommend him unequivocally."

-MEP Engineer

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