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The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Blog

Depot Holiday Party

Holiday party, cookies, coloring page, Santa and more

The holiday season is upon us and our list of fun events is growing. Please mark your calendars! December 1st: Cookie Tour as part of the Winter WonderFest – The Depot is the pick up location for the Cookie Tour box. This tour has stops at Agora Downtown market,...
old town harrisonburg kitchen

Old Town Harrisonburg kitchen makeover

The Old Town Harrisonburg kitchen makeover has been completed by Herr and Company. They shared some of the finish photographs with us showing off this make over. In case you did not read the first blog post HERE about this project, here is a brief summary. The home owners started...
Monger Lumber goes PINK

R.S. Monger & Sons goes PINK for breast cancer

There are many people and companies in Harrisonburg and the extended valley that care deeply about community. One of them, R.S. Monger & Sons goes PINK for breast cancer, is just one example. As a small business owner I know first hand how many requests you can get on a...
real men wear pink

Join me for lunch or dinner to benefit Real Men Wear Pink of the Valley

I have two events scheduled in the coming days to raise money for my Real Men Wear Pink Campaign. I hope you can come to one or both. PINK OUT dinner at Dayton Tavern Join me for an incredible dinner at Dayton Tavern to benefit my Real Men Wear Pink of the Valley campaign. Wear...

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The Gaines Group Charlottesville Blog

    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    This morning as I was driving into work, I turned into the parking lot and had to stop because a worker wearing ear protection and carrying a weed whacker stepped into the travelway without looking up and stopped in the middle of the lane to make an adjustment to his equipment, again without looking up.  […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I first published the article below in 2010.  With Virginia’s adoption of the 2015 edition of the I‑Codes, it will be necessary to update office master specifications to reflect the editions of the various standards referenced by the current code.  With this in mind, it is appropriate to republish the article.   REFERENCE STANDARDS:  NOT […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I have been interested in sustainable architecture since the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  Back in the day, nobody used the word sustainability, but it was the direction that Bob Schubert of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture was guiding his students.  Recognizing that the earth is a finite system, the practice of responsible utilization […]

    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I have been asked the question “What one piece of advice do you wish that you had received as a young professional?” multiple times in recent years.  I struggled with the answer to this question, because I was blessed with several great mentors in my years as a young professional.  The advice I received was […]