Charles Hendricks

The Gaines Group

Mission statement: Through design we can have a better future. We want to see that our work makes a difference and the community is a better place for it.

Why we do it: Because we want our clients to have comfortable beautiful healthy spaces to live, play, and work.

"best green residential renovation" ~ 2011 Virginia Sustainable Building Network

"best green designers" ~ 2008 Virginia Sustainable Building Network

2008 & 2009 Va Governor's Environmental Excellence Award Winners

The Gaines Group, PLC ( 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 Central 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.


141 W Bruce St
Suite #201
Harrisonburg, Virginia 22801
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Type of Work
  • Architects
  • Architectural Design
  • Home Design
  • Interior design
  • Multi-family
  • Residential Remodeling
  • Single Family - Custom, Custom Customer Lot
  • Single Family - Spec Own Lot
  • Single Family - Townhouses