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The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Blog

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Should I be worried about my pipes freezing?

Should I be worried about my pipes freezing? Unprotected Pipes Unprotected pipes are susceptible to cold temperatures because water expands when it goes from liquid to solid form. Ice blockage becomes more likely when outside temperatures drop to below freezing. A cold wind...
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A well placed addition allows for a new life for an old space

A well placed addition allows for a new life for an old space A well placed addition allows for a new life for an old space. This renovation brings in light, adds space, and offers the function to this existing home. The owners needed a paint studio with more light. The house is...
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Architectural Salvage Fun

Architectural Salvage Fun It is always fun to check out an architectural salvage store. You never know what you might find and where it may lead you. From what appears to be space guns to trains, crosses, and stained glass – there is something for everyone. You have to use...
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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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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 […]