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Send us a selfie of you wearing our SWAG

Send us a selfie of you wearing our SWAG Send us a selfie of you wearing our SWAG  or our SWAG in a cool location to add to our website. We want to know where our logo has traveled. To see other photos that have been sent in to us, check out this link! Oh, the Places We Go
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Little things to make your home better

Little things to make your home better I have the opportunity on occasion to share my experiences with students from all levels – Kindergarten to Graduate Students. Yesterday I was invited to the Department of Energy to talk building science with graduate student interns...
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Elmer Burruss – Gaines Group Heritage

Elmer Burruss – Gaines Group Heritage I have been with Gaines Group Architects since January of 1999, almost 20 years with a brief break to attend grad school from late 01 – o3. I understand that is rare today as many designers like to jump around from firm to firm....
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Natural Chimney Stage at Red Wing Roots Music Festival

Natural Chimney Stage at Red Wing Roots Music Festival The Natural Chimney Stage construction is done. I went to see the finished project this past weekend and took some amazing pictures (not my skills, but the site is amazing). Venture Builders and Herr & Co. and many of...

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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 […]