Construction Economy Recovery Report


I participate in a monthly survey for architects to provide an economic picture of the future. Here is this months less than optimistic report. Work-on-the-Boards survey results for the month of April, please click here: http://www.aia.org/practicing/AIAB089462 Highlights: The ABI fell sharply in April–the first slowdown in billings at architecture firms since last October. Business conditions at…

Value Added Design – Go Green


Reblog from http://constructionlawva.com/ The construction industry is slowly recovering from a dismal couple of years and there appears to be hope on the horizon.  U.S. architectural firms have reported the fifth straight month that billings have held their own or increased, with a modest improvement in March over the February numbers. Inquiries for work remain…

Broadway Farmer’s Market


The farmer’s market opens today (5/21/11) in downtown Broadway, Va.  The Broadway Farmer’s Market is comprised of local farms, food artisans, and specialty goods producers wishing to bring you the best local fruits, vegetables, eggs, coffee, breads, and much more to feed your family. The market is located on Main St. on Saturday mornings from…

Green Architect


The term green get thrown around a lot in today’s market place. From national companies looking to get into the niche green cleaning market to start up companies offering new services like energy audits. How do you get through all the marketing and find out if there is really value added? It all comes down to your values. We all make decisions…

Commercial Architect


We have been through this before. Developers are getting ready, looking for opportunities, gearing up for the next move. It is time to find those parcels in Harrisonburg that will allow for a higher density high quality project. Perhaps it will be a live / work studio project. This project that we developed back in…

Playhouse Design 2011


Here is the final version of the new playhouse for those interested. There was a LOT of input from my clients… We got great input from readers of this blog https://harrisonburgarchitect.wordpress.com/2011/05/07/playhouse-design/. I look forward to good weather next weekend and the ground breaking ceremony!

Go Green Fest


Our new coloring pages were a big hit at the Snow’s Garden Center Go Green Fest. We had plenty of kids and some parents color some pages even with the high humidity and moist paper. Check out these renderings:

Mid-Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Program Announced


A major wind energy transmission project, to be known as the Atlantic Wind Connection, is to be established along the coastline from New Jersey to Virginia. The U.S. Department of Energy announced the program in February 2011. The goals of the project are to create green jobs, offer consumers access to a clear energy source,…

Commercial Architect


I just heard from a happy client this morning. We served as a green consultant for the design and construction of his new commercial building built by Glen Stoltzfus. Here are the results of our consulting and a great team of engineers and a contractor that understands value. You might guess he is very happy…

Virginia Adopts 2009 Building Code


On March 1, 2011, the Virginia Uniform Statewide Building Code (USBC) update to reference the 2009 IECC and 2009 IRC became effective statewide (it currently references the 2006 versions of these codes). There will be a one-year phase-in period during which builders and designers can still use the current USBC version. Two-day energy code training is planned…

Playhouse Design


The date has been set to force me to finish the design. Construction of the new playhouse will begin in a couple of weeks. The ‘playhouse’ started out in the backyard of a friend’s house. He offered the old playhouse that he inherited and I took it apart with plans to put it back together…

Energy Efficiency in the South


A 2010 study, Energy Efficiency in the South, released by Georgia Tech and Duke University illustrated the potential impact of energy efficient policies in Virginia (and other southeastern states) over the upcoming decades. For example there could be a $3.36 billion reduction in electricity costs by 2030 and a $421 million reduction in natural gas costs….