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Alex Alvarez

A story of career development by a Blue Ridge Community College student

A story of career development by a Blue Ridge Community College student Alex Alvarez is a future leader in the construction industry. He attends Blue Ridge Community College and is on a path to apply for admission to the Virginia Tech Building Construction Program.  I asked him...
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Visit with Santa at the Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot First Friday Art Opening

Visit with Santa at the Chesapeake Western Railroad Depot First Friday Art Opening Join us for a very special night before heading downtown to the Harrisonburg Holiday Parade. On December 1 Santa will join us at the Depot in the R.S. Monger & Sons window and door  Showroom....
Thanksgiving Day

10 tips to go green this Thanksgiving

10 tips to go green this Thanksgiving Shop Local for your Thanksgiving feast – go to the local farmer’s market, shop at a Food Co-op, buy from a farmer in your area, grow your own vegetables Skip the paper and plastic – remember to take your reusable bags to the grocery store Use...
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Insulation in your attic can determine your comfort in your living room

Insulation in your attic can determine your comfort in your living room It is important to have the right amount of insulation in your attic. The minimum amount of insulation you should have in your attic ranges from 8 – 12″ depending on your insulation type. Spray...

The Gaines Group Charlottesville Blog

  • IN PURSUIT OF EXCELLENCE
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 31, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    “I just love deadlines, especially the sound of them whooshing by” – seen on a refrigerator magnet As we near major deadlines on multiple projects, our staff is working long hours to get the work done. I have two comments for our team response to this:  1. I appreciate your effort toward producing excellent work, […]

  • BEST EFFORTS
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 9, 2017 at 7:47 pm

    I’ve seen a fair amount of twitter traffic over the last couple of days regarding the documents that are handed to specifiers by architects. The principal complaint has to do with lack of detail in the drawings.  This is in step with complaints I’ve heard (and sometimes uttered) over the years about unprepared graduates coming […]

  • NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS
    by charlottesvillearchitect on January 3, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    As we begin a new year, many have established new year’s resolutions for themselves, usually geared toward self improvement. A substantial portion of those resolutions have already been broken, and it’s only January 3rd. Picking up on my last post, I would encourage construction professionals out there to make one of the following resolution: a.  […]

  • SWEATING OTHER STUFF
    by charlottesvillearchitect on December 19, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    “Designing and constructing buildings, civil structures, industrial facilities, interior design projects and other structures and facilities is one of humankind’s most difficult endeavors in spite of the fact that it is a common activity” 1 In the last couple of posts, I’ve discussed the importance of construction document coordination and the importance of mentoring relative […]