Good News in the Harrisonburg Construction Industry

Green Architectural Firm continues Growth in the Valley

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Harrisonburg, VA – The demand for green design has not slowed down despite the slow construction economy in the Shenandoah Valley. This is best seen with The Gaines Group, PLC, the valleys premier green architectural firm, expanding into a larger office space downtown and their adding an interior designer to the staff. The firm that first expanded into the Valley on September 1, 2009 to better serve the demand for green architectural design and LEED consulting, now offers a full range of green interior design services. Amy Turnage, LEED AP, CAPS, graduated from James Madison University in 2006 and has become an expert in green interiors working on multiple LEED registered projects. Her addition to the staff grows the firm’s ability to answer the call for those clients seeking a one stop shop for high performance healthy homes and commercial projects that are designed for convenience and comfort.  Architect, Charles Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP states that “there is a real need in the area for practical design solutions that offer our clients energy efficiency, durability, and healthy indoor air quality. Our hiring Amy was a strategic move to provide a full range of green services for all our clients wanting to live healthier at home and work while having a low environmental impact. We are expanding our services to enable us to continue to provide the highest quality of design and personal attention that our clients have come to expect from us over the last 25 years.” The new office is located in downtown Harrisonburg, Virginia at 57 S. Main St, Suite 201, Harrisonburg, VA 22801 on the second floor of the Bank of America building.

Governor's Environmental Award

The Gaines Group, PLC, named the “best green designers” in Virginia by the Virginia Sustainable Building Network in 2008, is known for its attention to detail, knowledge of green architecture, and for their practical approach to design projects. As an award winning graphic design firm and a leader in the “green” movement in Virginia, the firm has the ability to deliver the complete package for a design project, from marketing, 3-D modeling, design, specification development, LEED consulting, Interior Design, to construction administration.

The Gaines Group, PLC was established in 1987 in Charlottesville, VA. Principals in the firm include Raymond E. Gaines, RA, CSI, CCS, Charles B. Hendricks, AIA, CSI, CDT, LEED AP, and Roger N. Bryant, CSI. 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 NC Industrial project in Central Virginia, 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, a LEED ND neighborhood project, and the first EarthCraft Light Commercial project in Virginia, as well as various projects certified under the Earthcraft residential program.

The Gaines Group, PLC 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 has assembled a remarkably talented and experienced team of professionals to pull all building elements into a single elegant and functional design. We all look forward to many successful projects in the Valley.

For questions about our services or to discuss a design project, contact Charles Hendricks, AIA,  CSI, CDT, LEED AP at 540-437-0012 or email at


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