Gaines Group Architects

CSI is the organization that shapes communication within the industry

I joined CSI in 2003 and became very active in my local chapter – Central Virginia CSI. My second year as a member I was elected as a Chapter Director and also served as the Academic Liaison, Electronic Communications Chair, and on the education and hospitality committees....

It is #Construct Show time again, so I am heading to St. Louis

It is #Construct Show time again, so I am heading to St. Louis to learn the latest from the best in the construction industry. I look forward to this conference each year as our firm tries to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. The Construct Show is a gathering of CSI...

6. Hatch Show Prints #105architecturalinspiration

When you see good design you know it immediately, Hatch Show Prints are good design. I have always loved old playbills but never spent time thinking about how they were created. That is until I visited Nashville and discovered for myself what you probably already knew before me....

The most valuable resource in the construction industry are those in the industry helping others

As I wrote last week, the biggest challenge we face in our industry is “no design.” Buildings that do not address climate, culture, or context will tear apart of community if allowed to proliferate a geographic region. Your community could become a nondescript...

Green Terms Defined: The 4 C’s

Since I entered the construction profession I have known CSI (Construction Specifications Institute).  I was fortunate to start my career in a firm deeply involved with CSI. I give credit to this involvement to my learning the importance of the 4 C’s to a successful...

Invest in your future, your profession, and your community, Join CSI.

I strongly believe in investing in education in order to better my future, my profession, and my community. In order to be able to solve the complicated buildings in our future we have to continue to learn new and innovative solutions. From building energy-efficient structures to...

Is it worth it to belong to AIA, CSI, USGBC, NAHB? Does it add value for you or your clients?

The same conversation seems to happen in every organization in the construction industry. How do we get more people involved and active in the organization? How do we get emerging professionals to join? The same ideas are discussed – start a blog, social media, fun events...

The best and brightest in the construction industry are all located in one place: CSI!

I had a conversation yesterday with an architect from Oregon who was visiting the Harrisonburg Green Expo with a friend. He and I were lamenting over the state of our profession and how so many architects focus on aesthetics alone. We both agreed that holistic design including...

How to be successful in the construction industry #JoinCSI

“In the architectural world there are two types of Architects, frustrated Artists and frustrated Engineers” ~ Raymond E. Gaines, FCSI As anyone that knows Ray will understand, this is one of his favorite sayings. While I think there is more diversity in the industry...
Construction Specifications Institute

The Backbone of the Construction Industry

The Backbone of the Construction Industry I was struck the other day at a Central Virginia CSI meeting when our current President, Tracie Skipper, clearly at the end of her rope, needed help. For every task she listed, there was a member ready to step in to give their time,...
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