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The Madison Building serves both as the Library's third major structure and as this nation's official memorial to President James Madison.
Opened in 1980, measuring 500 feet wide and 400 feet deep, the Madison...

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Painted portrait of Dr. William Thornton
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is the builder and steward of America’s...

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Ted Bechtol, AOC Capitol Grounds Division
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National...

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Capitol Reflections: ADA and Life Safety

Posted by Laura Condeluci on July 26, 2015

AOC Fire Safety team testing the smoke detectors.
A look back at how life safety relates to the Americans with Disabilities Act and what has changed on the Capitol Campus over the past 25 years.

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CVC Guides Help Visitor "See" the Old Supreme Court

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 23, 2015

Tray full of artifacts associated with the space.
When Visitor Guide John Claya encountered a guest with a visual disability near the Old Supreme Court Chamber, he used a creative tool to help her "see" the room.

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Designing with ADA in Mind

Posted by Nancy Skinkle on July 22, 2015

Accessible ramp at Senate Parks near the Senate Underground Garage.
The AOC's Facilities Planning and Programming Division incorporates seemingly small improvements into the design of our facilities and their outside environments, helping not only those with disabilities, but each one of us.

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A Garden for Everyone

Posted by Maura Nelson on July 16, 2015

Photo of a Roots and Reflections tour at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.

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Mobility Assistance: There When You Need It!

Posted by Sharon Gang on July 13, 2015

One of the Architect of the Capitol's new on-demand shuttle vehicles for the Capitol Visitor Center.
The Capitol Visitor Center provides many accessibility services from shuttles, ramps and escalators to touchable objects and open captioning.

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Seeing Through Concrete

Posted by R.C. "Skip" Vaughn on July 8, 2015

Ground penetrating radar drawing.
The Cannon Renewal team is using ground penetrating radar to help workers see what's inside the concrete of the Cannon Building.

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