Gaines Group Architects
Viktoriya Samoylov

First Friday Art Opening – Viktoriya Samoylov

First Friday Art Opening¬† with Viktoriya Samoylov “Significantly Cheaper than Therapy” September 7, 2018 5pm – 8pm Gaines Group Architects 141 W. Bruce St. – Second Floor Harrisonburg, Va Acrylic, Oil, Digital Drawing, and Resin Art. I am Viktoriya, a...
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Advice For New Students in Architecture This Year: Find Your Passion

Here is my opinions / advice for the new students in architecture this year, find your passion. Find your passion. Then follow.   I figured out I wanted to be an architect in seventh grade. I followed that interest to community college and then to a four-year university and...
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Eastern Mennonite Elementary School

Eastern Mennonite Elementary School

Eastern Mennonite Elementary School construction has started. The first round of demolition over the summer removed interior finishes and asbestos. You could tell something was going on by the workers around the building and the dumpsters, but from the outside it was hard to see...
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Renew Rocktown

Community means helping each other without expectation of anything in return

I have heard that true service is when you help someone who can never help you in return. It is a call to action to reach out a helping hand to others. It is the Rotary calling card – service above self. It drives us to support one another without worry of labels, politics,...
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Park View Mennonite Church Renovation – Part 4

Church Renovation Team Building, Part 4 One of the most important things in life to achieve success is to surround yourself with honest hard-working people with a shared vision. This is critical not only in life, but also in construction. Having the right team in place for a...
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Park View Mennonite Church Renovation – Part 3

Church Renovation Demolition Process, Part 3 The church renovation project at Park View Mennonite Church has a lot of moving pieces and parts. Once the design process was done and the church congregation unanimously endorsed our design solution, it was time to switch roles again....
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Park View Mennonite Church Renovation – Part 2

Church Renovation Design Process, part 2 Part 1 of the church renovation story here. At this point, my volunteer work was becoming more than what I could give for a church renovation. I switched roles a bit and was hired as an architect to build a team of professionals to...
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Park View Mennonite Church Renovation – part 1

Church Renovation Park View Mennonite Church is going through a church renovation. This project started several years ago and has developed into a major overhaul of systems in the building. It is complicated, expensive, and needs to be solved quick. Working on a church renovation...
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smiling baby

Little things matter, a lot!

Little things matter, a lot! Have you ever been standing in line where a mom is holding a baby in front of you. When the baby smiled at you did it bring you joy? That little action by that little person could be the thing that changed your entire day. Perhaps you then were more...
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Deferred maintenance can destroy a building, call us to help correct the problems

We have an active renovation project under construction in Harrisonburg. It is a large facility that does not have a full-time maintenance crew working on the building leading to deferred maintenance. This particular building is a church which presents some unique challenges for...
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