The Gaines Group 2015 in Review

2015 was a year of growth for The Gaines Group, PLC in both Harrisonburg and Charlottesville. As the economy came back stronger than it has been in the last eight years, we saw tremendous growth in both number and diversity of projects. It was a great year all around. 

I started with the firm in 1999. This marks my 15th year working with Ray and Roger taking away my graduate school time. Many things have changed over the years. Roger and I are partners, our firm name moved from Raymond E. Gaines, Architect to The Gaines Group, PLC. We have grown to include two offices and 10 people. Our depth and skill with over 100 years of combined experience is better than it has ever been before. We have seen talented and amazing designers come and go over the past 17 years. However, I believe right now we have the best team that we have ever had. As we move into our 30th year in business we have some big plans. I look forward to sharing the news with you as things are finalized. Thank you for your support on social media and in the community as a whole. I am looking forward to 2016 and expect big things.

Here are some highlights from the past year.


The Gaines Group, PLC was named the “Best of Houzz” for the fourth year in a row.


Construction finished on this aging-in-place inspired custom home in Albemarle County.



Construction was completed on Stoney Run Farm, a state of the art milking facility in Rockingham County.

Canstruction poster

The Gaines Group organized and sponsored Canstruction Harrisonburg


The Gaines Group sponsored the SVBA Green Playhouse Design Competition.


Charles organized the SVBA Home and Garden Show education sessions.


Charles started providing energy audits for Harrisonburg Electric Commission.


Construction started on the new Harrisonburg office in the Historic Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot.


Charles attended the National Cohousing Conference


The Gaines Group made it to the Top 5 in the Marvin Windows and Doors annual Architects Challenge.


Charles built a maker space in his basement.

soap box derby

Charles volunteered with the Harrisonburg All-American Soap Box Derby.


Charles was featured on Hello Harrisonburg.


Charles toured Falling Water.

front porch

The Gaines Group, PLC was named a finalist in the Red Diamond Awards.

Hannah Jackson

Hannah Jackson joined our team to add Interior Design experience.

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

Construction was completed on the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank in Verona.

architectural coloring book

The Gaines Group created an architectural coloring book.

Construct Show


Charles, Ray, and Meg attended Construct Show.

Goose Creek Apartments

Goose Creek Apartments opened.

Tiny House

Construction on the Tiny House in Harrisonburg finished.

Roberto the Insect Architect

Charles developed a collection of architectural resources for primary school teachers.


Charles gave green building tours of Charlottesville for students from France.

Harmony Square Dairy Queen

Construction began on the greenest Dairy Queen in the country.

chesapeake western depot

The Harrisonburg Downtown Renaissance Facade Enhancement Grant was awarded to the Depot.

rockingham farm house

Construction started on a Sustainable Harrisonburg Farm House.

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