Service to others is the core reason to be an Architect


Service to others is (should be) the core reason to be an Architect.  “Architecture has to be greater than just architecture. It has to address social values, as well as technical and aesthetic values. On top of that, the one true gift that an architect has is his or her imagination. We take something ordinary…

Harrisonburg Sustainable Farmhouse project update 2


Harrisonburg Sustainable Farmhouse project update 2 Click here for older posts I had a chance to stop by the Harrisonburg Sustainable Farmhouse project this week. Beck Builders is making great progress even with all the wet weather. The windows are flashed, the drywall hung, and the roof installed. I am looking forward to the interior…

There I stood next to perfection


There I stood next to perfection. I remember standing on the lawn looking out over a light snow. The red bricks contrasted with the blue sky creating a moment that will last forever. The architect of this space stood there 174 year before as construction of his masterpiece created the forms admired around the world…

Water leak in your roof, call an architect…


Water leak in your roof, call an architect… So a friend from Staunton called me to ask for a favor. He has a leak in his roof and after several attempts to plug the leak, there was still a leak. Using our thermal imaging camera, we are fairly certain we identified the cause of the…

Chesapeake Western Depot Project Update


Chesapeake Western Depot Project Update I am really looking forward to being in our new office. There are many subcontractors in the building right now including plumbing, electric, HVAC, and framers. The roof repair on the warehouse has started which is a major change. The electricians have cut, sliced, and inserted wiring in all the upstairs walls…

An End of an Era, but a New Beginning


An End of an Era, but a New Beginning Construction is wrapping up at the newest group home, The Meadow II, at Innisfree Village, a voluntary community for adults with intellectual disabilities.  This will mark our last project with Executive Director Carolyn Ohle who retired the summer of 2015 after being with Innisfree since 1976. …

Common problems that you can fix to reduce your energy bills


Common problems that you can fix to reduce your energy bills There are common problems that you can count on to be wasting energy in your home or business. If you take some time to fix these you will reduce your monthly energy bills. First the attic access. In this modular classroom I visited last…

6th Grade Students working to create a Zero-Energy Science Lab


6th Grade Students are working to create a Zero-Energy Science Lab at North Fork Middle School. I changed careers this past Friday, I was a teacher at North Fork Middle School.  This was my second time at the school, the first time was just a visit to look at a modular structure used as a storage…

My best advice for future architectural students…


My best advice for future architectural students…   I met with a high school student this morning that is getting acceptance letters to a variety of architectural schools. She is clearly an exceptional student and has passion for pursuing architecture. She is clearly stressed with this very important decision looming on the horizon. So how…

On the Road Collaborative – Architectural Academy


Deborah and I are teaching an architectural academy for On the Road Collaborative this semester. On the Road Collaborative is an organization that exists to empower young people on the margins with the opportunity, skills, and confidence they need to excel in school and to fulfill their promise. The students from Skyline Middle School that participate…