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Kim Scott

Valley Business Keynote 2018 – Are you radically candid?

I make mistakes daily. It is simply part of being human. I desire personal growth as a father, architect, boss, and well as a human. There are many things I could work on each day for sure. However, one of the things I am really good at is giving my opinion and being candid. I...
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What makes a city welcoming, inviting, unique?

My favorite city I have ever visited is Charleston, South Carolina. There are gardens, beautiful architecture, interesting stories (some of them true) about the history of the town, custom ironwork, open air markets, and incredible food. I have visited Charleston many times, but...
Natural Chimney's State Park

Gaines Group SWAG: Send us your selfies!

Want to show off your Gaines Group SWAG? Send us a selfie with your Gaines Group 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 “Oh, the Places We Go!”...
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Little Things to Make Your Home Better

Sometimes the little things in our homes aren’t designed at all. I have the opportunity on occasion to share my experiences with students from all levels – Kindergarten to Graduate Students. Recently, I was invited to the Department of Energy to talk building science...
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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. However, that does not always happen here at...
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Natural Chimney Stage

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 their friends were able to make this project happen with...
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Red Wing Academy – Wings, Roots, and Old Time Music

We are so proud to support Red Wing Academy each year. The fiddle camp hosted by Eric Brubaker of the Steel Wheels takes place at Eastern Mennonite University. It is open to non-beginner violin, viola, cello, bass, guitar, mandolin, and banjo students. The 4 day workshop teaches...
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The Adams at Peppers Ferry

Luxury Apartments Under Construction

The Charlottesville team sent me some photographs from their luxury apartment site visits yesterday. They have projects coming out of the ground in both Christiansburg and Winchester. It was a hot day for checking out progress, but they were pumped to share the projects when they...
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Real Men Wear Pink of the Valley

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but I’m participating in the Real Men Wear Pink Campaign and I need your help. Every day, until the end of October, I’ll be wearing pink to raise money and awareness for the American Cancer Society’s mission to save...
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Duct Work is Key to a Healthy Building

Duct work is a key to a healthy building. While there is not any one single thing that can be done in a building to achieve healthy indoor air quality, duct work is a critical element in the system. On one of our current projects at a local church, we are in the construction...
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