The Gaines Group, PLC is an architectural firm that specializes in common sense green solutions that add value to your project through energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance designs.
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Charles Hendricks is an architect at The Gaines Group, PLC, a firm dedicated to common sense design that adds value to your project through energy efficient, durable, and low maintenance solutions. Named the "best green designers" in Virginia by Virginia Sustainable Building Network in 2008, his firm opened a Harrisonburg office in 2009. Charles designed the first LEED certified home in the Southeastern United States and multiple Earthcraft certified homes throughout Virginia. Emerging as a leader of the green movement in 2003, he has been a featured speaker at the Department of Energy, University of Virginia, Piedmont Virginia Community College, James Madison University, Massanutten Governor’s School, Albemarle High School, Charlottesville Albemarle Technical Education Center, CAAR, HRAR, and for the Shenandoah Valley Partnership. Charles serves at the chairman of the SVBA Green Building Committee, the Immediate Past President of Central Virginia Construction Specifications Institute, and is an active member of the American Institute of Architects.
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The Gaines Group, PLC (www.thegainesgroup.com) is a design firm dedicated to strong ideas, ecological stewardship, and client satisfaction. As an award-winning architectural design firm, The Gaines Group, PLC has established a strong reputation of sophisticated designs through addressing the specific needs and place for which a project is to be built. As an award-winning graphic design firm and a leader in the "green" movement in Virginia, we have the ability to deliver the complete package for your projects, from marketing, design, specification development, LEED consulting, to construction administration. Our primary focus is to provide our clients with thoughtfully designed high performance buildings that achieve the healthiest living environments. The Gaines Group, PLC was awarded the Best Green Designer award by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network due to their long commitment to the promotion of green building and sustainable development principles in Central Virginia. The firm has worked on a multitude of green projects including the first LEED for Homes certified project in the Southeast United States, the first LEED for Homes high school student built project in the United States and the first LEED NC certified industrial project in Central Virginia. Other projects include a historic tax credit LEED for Homes project, a LEED ND neighborhood project, and a LEED CS office project as well as various projects certified under the EarthCraft program. Our services span from intimate house addition to large-scale residential community planning. Our areas of specialization include residential architecture, commercial development and redevelopment, residential communities, site planning, residential additions, historic renovations, interior design, ecclesiastical design, Specification Consulting, graphic design, and LEED consulting. The Gaines Group, PLC is a firm that has a commitment to designing for the future. We have assembled a remarkably talented and experienced team of professionals to pull all building elements into a single elegant and functional design. Integrity, budget control, effective and timely communication, and a thorough knowledge of current technology, construction methods, and materials turn our promise and your dream into a delightful reality.