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The Gaines Group Harrisonburg Blog

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Why am I wearing PINK in October? Because Real Men Wear Pink

Why am I wearing PINK in October? Because it brings questions, strange looks, and conversation. Because Real Men Wear Pink. Today marks the start of the Real Men Wear Pink of the Valley campaign. We can change these statistics with awareness and funding. If I wear pink everyday...
Scott Jost

First Friday Art Opening – Scott Jost

Each month on the First Friday we host a new artist art opening in our building’s 2nd floor gallery at the Chesapeake Western Depot at 141 W. Bruce St. (second floor entrance is on Chesapeake). Artwork will remain on exhibit through the month. Come view the show and get a tour...
mold cleanup

Help, I might have a mold problem in my home.

There are lots of news stories in our area and I am sure more to come as flood waters go back down. We have had a very wet year. There are basements flooding that have never gotten water in them before. This is leading to stories about black stuff growing on walls. I am hearing...
EATING PAVILION MARKETING.

Eating Pavilion for Friends of Ft. Liberte (Haiti)

I believe it is our purpose in life to help others. Finding ways to do that through your career is not always possible. However, as an architect the opportunities are wide and plentiful. It warmed my heart to hear that Paul Tassell and James Halstead in our Charlottesville office...
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  • SAFETY EQUIPMENT
    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 18, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    This morning as I was driving into work, I turned into the parking lot and had to stop because a worker wearing ear protection and carrying a weed whacker stepped into the travelway without looking up and stopped in the middle of the lane to make an adjustment to his equipment, again without looking up.  […]

  • REFERENCE STANDARDS 2
    by charlottesvillearchitect on September 6, 2018 at 12:57 pm

    I first published the article below in 2010.  With Virginia’s adoption of the 2015 edition of the I‑Codes, it will be necessary to update office master specifications to reflect the editions of the various standards referenced by the current code.  With this in mind, it is appropriate to republish the article.   REFERENCE STANDARDS:  NOT […]

  • IN PURSUIT OF THE PERFECT HOUSE
    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 24, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    I have been interested in sustainable architecture since the energy crisis of the late 1970s.  Back in the day, nobody used the word sustainability, but it was the direction that Bob Schubert of Virginia Tech’s College of Architecture was guiding his students.  Recognizing that the earth is a finite system, the practice of responsible utilization […]

  • ADVICE FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
    by charlottesvillearchitect on August 21, 2018 at 8:52 pm

    I have been asked the question “What one piece of advice do you wish that you had received as a young professional?” multiple times in recent years.  I struggled with the answer to this question, because I was blessed with several great mentors in my years as a young professional.  The advice I received was […]