My Christmas wish for you – 2016

My Christmas wish for you – 2016

It has been another great year at the Harrisonburg Gaines Group Architects office. We started off a team of three – Charles, Deborah, and Hannah (and James, but he sits in Charlottesville). We worked hard on a variety of projects including our new office location – the Chesapeake Western Depot. We moved into our new office July 4th of this year. It is amazing and you need to stop in for a visit!

Unfortunately Hannah decided to move back to Tennessee. The good news is we were able to add Rebecca Shank to our team to fill the void in our interior design department. We also added Ivan Huber and Maggie Bebel  as our business continues to grow.We have worked on 55 different projects this year (a nice growth from last year) in our Harrisonburg office. I am very proud of our continued growth each year we have been here in Harrisonburg. We are building great relationships with you and I thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me to do what I love in this community that I love! The success we have is all because you support us whether it is hiring us, telling your friends about us, writing reviews online, or sharing our blog posts – you help us! Thank you so much.

My Christmas wish for you is for peace, joy, comfort, and love during this wonderful season. No matter how and if you celebrate I hope this season reminds you how important you are to us at Gaines Group Architects and this community. Thank you for all you do. I wish for you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday, and a wonderful new year.

Kindergarten class in Harrisonburg visits architectural office

Kindergarten class in Harrisonburg visits architectural office

I love to share my passion for design with as many people as possible.  Over the past couple of months I have given presentations to the Department of Energy for the National Energy Education Development Project, two eighth grade classes at Eastern Mennonite School, an engineering class at the Miller School in Crozet, a packed room at the Massanutten Regional Library Deyerle series,  Shenandoah Valley Railway Club, and a fabulous kindergarten class from Eastern Mennonite Elementary School.

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Why do I spend so much time and energy talking about sustainable architecture with so many groups?  I want to spread my love for sustainable architecture. The idea of sustainable architecture is often not thought about by those outside of the design world. However, without sustainable architecture we lose function and beauty in our built environment. Sustainable architecture is the key to a sustainable future for all of us. Sustainable architecture allows for smaller more functional structures that use fewer resources. Sharing my passion for sustainable architecture will hopefully inspire the next generation of designers and more clients of designers. If you have a community group or class I would love to join you and share my excitement for sustainable architecture.