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The Gaines Group, PLC Architecture and Design

The Gaines Group, PLC Architecture and Design
The Gaines Group, PLC, established in 1987, is an award winning architecture and consulting firm specializing in innovative solutions that add value to our client’s projects. The firm is founded on the principal that our design work should make a positive difference and our community is a better place for it. Founded by Raymond E. Gaines, FCSI, AIA, CCS, The Gaines Group has grown to include offices in Charlottesville and Harrisonburg, Virginia. Adding partners Roger Bryant, CSI, and Charles Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, CAPS, LEED AP BD&C to the leadership team in 2008, the firm now serves the Commonwealth of Virginia and North Carolina.

Establishing themselves as a leader of the sustainability movement in 2004 through EarthCraft and LEED Certified projects, The Gaines Group was awarded with the “Best Green Designer” in 2008 and “best Green Renovation” in 2011 by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network. The firm also received a gold and silver medal from the Governor’s Environmental Excellence Awards in 2008 and 2009 showing statewide leadership in the sustainable building movement. This commitment to the promotion of green building and sustainable development principles in Virginia benefits our projects through a deep understanding of the fundamentals of building science and product technology. Our focus on delivering quality drawings that are clear, concise, and complete is second to none. This combined strategy of efficient complete architectural documentation, understanding of sustainability and building science provides our client’s with the added value needed for a successful project.

The Gaines Group, PLC has worked on a multitude of sustainable projects including the first LEED Certified Industrial facility in Central Virginia, the first LEED for Homes certified project in the Southeastern United States, the first EarthCraft Light Commercial project outside Georgia, and the first LEED for Homes high school student built project in the United States. Other projects include a historic tax credit LEED for Homes project, LEED Silver office building, LEED silver Habitat for Humanity duplex, a LEED ND neighborhood project, as well as various projects certified under the EarthCraft Residential, and multi-family programs.

Charles Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, CAPS, LEED AP BD&C leads the Harrisonburg office. He serves actively on the Harrisonburg Downtown Design Committee, Downtown Landscape Committee, is Co-Chair of the HR Green Network, Secretary of the SVBA, Vice-Chair of the HR Chamber Aging in Place RoundTable, chair of the Parkview Mennonite Creation Care Building Committee, and President of the EMES PTF. His active involvement in the community is through a desire to make Harrisonburg the best place possible. His desire to give back to the community can be seen through the firm’s design work for area non-profits and community groups. The Gaines Group, PLC has a strong belief that community service is a duty that we should all share for the betterment of place.

The Gaines Group, PLC, from architectural design to community service is dedicated to creating a built environment that is Healthy, Energy-Efficient, and Durable.