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Lots of construction and a shortage of labor leading to higher prices

Lots of Construction and a shortage of labor is leading to higher prices. There is a lot of construction happening right now. I don’t think it has been this busy since I moved to the valley 10 years ago. This is not just a local issue, as the national AIA Architectural...
net zero farm house

Net-Zero Energy Farmhouse in Harrisonburg designed for a lifetime

Net-Zero Energy Farmhouse in Harrisonburg designed for a lifetime Check out the recent pictures of this Net-Zero energy farmhouse in Harrisonburg. The project has a beautiful site that provides even better views of the western mountains. We worked hard with our client to situate...
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A story of mentoring in Architecture

A story of mentoring in Architecture Mentoring in Architecture is the key to a healthy profession. It is a regular occurrence that we have a student in our office observing, learning, and designing. These are not employees, but students interested in the profession. They are...
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The Adams at Peppers Ferry

The Adams at Peppers Ferry – dirt is moving in Christiansburg

The Adams at Peppers Ferry – dirt is moving in Christiansburg  KBS, Inc. has broken ground in Christiansburg on The Adams at Peppers Ferry. This 168 unit luxury living community is just one of the many multi-family projects Gaines Group Architects have under construction or...
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Gaines Group Architect Shirts

Gaines Group Architects T-Shirts

Gaines Group Architects T-Shirts Now Available! Gaines Group Architects T-Shirts will be available for pick up at the September 1, 2017 First Friday from 5pm – 8pm. This monthly event features a different artist each month. We offer food and drink for those attending and...
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Seal the air leaks and improve your home comfort

Seal the air leaks and improve your home comfort Seal the air leaks in your home and it will improve your home comfort. Do you find that rooms in your home are more uncomfortable than others? Are your electrical bills higher than average? It could be your home is missing...
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BEWHOYOUNEEDED

Be who you needed when you were younger!

Be who you needed when you were younger! Be who you needed when you were younger! What a powerful way to change the future! In a time of uncertainty, bitterness, and hatred, we all need to spread love. Giving your time can be an effective way to give joy to others and it can also...
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Valley Business Keynote

Mark your calendar for Valley Business Keynote – July 18, 2017 – JMU’s Forbes Theater #VBKengage

Mark your calendar for Valley Business Keynote – July 18, 2017 – JMU’s Forbes Theater #VBKengage Valley Business Keynote facilitates engaging ideas for local leaders to help them fulfill the Valley‘s vast potential by bringing excellent speakers to our area.  The premier...
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Rotary Club of Rockingham County end polio now

Rotary Club of Rockingham County, come visit!

Rotary Club of Rockingham County – We have bacon! The Rotary Club of Rockingham County is a group of friends that work together to put service above self. We meet weekly for breakfast and we have bacon!   Rotary International Rotary International is a volunteer...
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Chesapeake Western Depot

Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot History Display open this Friday from 5pm – 8pm

Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot History Display open this Friday from 5pm – 8pm You are going to want to come visit our office this coming Friday at the Chesapeake Western Depot. We host an art opening each month in the hallway outside of our conference room. The building is...
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Speech and Language Center Construction nearing the finish line

Here is an update on the Speech and Language Center. For past posts, check these our HERE, HERE, and HERE.  The exterior finishes are looking sharp and have been a drastic change from the original. There is a small storage area on the second floor including a loft space. The...
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Attend the SVBA Home and Living Expo this weekend April 8th and 9th!

Attend the SVBA Home and Living Expo this weekend April 8th and 9th! The SVBA Home and Living Expo is this weekend.  The Annual SVBA Home & Living Expo is scheduled for April 8 & 9 at Rockingham Co Fairgrounds. Don’t miss the chance to see over a hundred exhibitors...
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