Gaines Group Architects
Renovation Before Harrisonburg Depot

Today I start over…. as I seem to do everyday

Today I start over…. as I seem to do everyday I have lost my blogging mojo. Maybe I have said everything I had to say or maybe this is just the break so many told me I needed to take from trying to do too  much. I have tried to write several posts over the last few weeks,...

The Park(let) Project is today. Want a park downtown, love green space? This event is for you.

The third annual Harrisonburg Park(let) project is taking place today. This event was created three years ago when a group of us got together to figure out how to bring an event downtown that encouraged more green spaces in an urban space, promoted interaction among citizens, and...

Engaging our community in pictures

We believe strongly that it is our ethical duty to serve our local community. Here is a look at some of the ways we put our beliefs in action. How do you serve your community? Celebrating a ribbon cutting of our rooftop garden Promoting local events Hosting local artists Named...

Architecture cannot exist without function and beauty. DESIGN MATTERS.

Architecture is an interesting profession. You begin to notice things in your community that others overlook. You see inefficiencies that others simply accept as status-quo. The joy in our profession for me exists in the ability to design solutions, solve other people’s...

Harrisonburg Parklet Project – In Pictures

First step, find the best spaces Next Advertise the event on social media and place community posters Spaces reserved 24 hours in advance Construction of the spaces Parklets begin to take shape Spaces open to the public An incredible event with lots of foot traffic,...

Harrisonburg Parklet Project – TODAY!

  I am very excited to see the Harrisonburg Parklet Project take shape today in Downtown. At 1pm artist, residents, students, and professors are coming downtown to take over 13 parking spaces to create their visions of  green spaces the encourage unscripted social...

Design in the Valley – starting a conversation.

Design matters. Taking time out to develop the idea is an activity that should NOT be considered a luxury,but should be seen as a required planning tool that cannot be overlooked. In our fast paced society we look for solutions that are fast and simple. We don’t want things...

Does Going Green Cost More? Nope!

Does green cost more? This is a question I get all the time from everyone. The answer is ABSOLUTELY NOT!!!! Going green is a vague term that means lots of things to lots of people. For many it is simply energy-efficient strategies. Building a home that is energy-efficient is...

Sustainability defined – Because that is the way we always do it is not the answer!

As Thomas Jefferson said to James Madison in 1789, “The Earth belongs to the living. No man by natural right can oblige the lands he occupies to debts greater than those that may be paid during his own lifetime. Because if he could the world would belong to the dead.”...

Parade of Homes – Harrisonburg

The SVBA is presenting the 2011 Parade of Homes on October 22 – 23. Open house times on Saturday are 10 am – 4pm and Sunday 1 pm – 4pm. This annual event gives you a chance to see the latest innovations in home building, learn from the builders what it takes to...
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