Construct Nashville – The CSI Show Recap


Construct has come and gone again. Each year as I build my network through CSI the show becomes even more valuable to me. I have the opportunity to reconnect with industry leaders, meet emerging experts, and get a glimpse into the most innovative products available in the building industry. For those new to Construct, it…

What are the options for an energy efficient walls system?


There are many ways to build a thermal envelope for a high performance wall system. Which solution is right for your building is a question that should be answered through the design phase. Understanding all the options is an important first step. The most basic decision should be the thermal performance, but there are many…

Green Term Define – Solar Thermal


Solar Thermal technology uses the sun’s energy, rather than fossil fuels, to generate low-cost, environmentally friendly thermal energy. This energy can be used to heat water or other fluids. Solar Thermal systems are not the same as solar Photovoltaic (PV) systems.  The advantages of a solar thermal system include reduced utility bills and a reduced…

Katz Roadshow – Frame to Finish Carpentry Clinics


The Katz Roadshow – Frame to Finish Carpentry clinic is coming to the Augusta Expo, October 8, 7:30 am – 2:30 pm . This incredible event offers tips for increasing job site productivity, conquering new energy codes, and improving your bottom line. The Gaines Group is a proud sponsor of this event. Mike Sloggatt is…

Mincer’s – The Shops at Stonefield – project update


Mincer’s is expanding! A tradition at the University of Virginia since 1948, Mincer’s has long since been the place to go and be seen in Charlottesville on game day. Originally opening as a tobacco shop under the name Mincer’s Humidor,  the shop now specializes in University Sportswear. The new location, The Shops at Stonefield,  on…

Harrisonburg Parklet Project


The Harrisonburg Parklet Project is scheduled for October 4th from 5pm – 8pm.  In conjunction with First Fridays Downtown Harrisonburg, the Parklet Project is a free community event where artists, designers, and citizens transform parking spots into temporary public parks.  Last year’s Parklet Project in pictures here.  

10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health


10 Things to Do This Fall for Your Home and Health 1      Check your door and window weather-stripping. Air leakage is the biggest energy waste that we find in homes. Making sure doors and windows seal tight will make your home more comfortable this fall and winter. Keeping doors and windows locked when closed will…

Labor Day 2013 – Architecture: An industry in recovery


“To be successful, you have to have your heart in your business, and your business in your heart.” – Sr. Thomas Watson Becoming an architect takes a huge commitment, unrelenting passion, and of course lots of time and money. It can be a rewarding career if you are able to sustain your energy long enough…