The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping hillside of the West Front lawn on the Senate side of the U.S. Capitol Building, has offered rest and shelter to travelers for over a century.
The Summerhouse, a hexagon-shaped brick structure set into the sloping...



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Melvin Wells has applied what they learned at SOME to excel at AOC.
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Doing Good: Richard Edmonds

Posted by Erin Nelson on October 22, 2014

Food pantry photos courtesy of Richard Edmonds.
Edmonds hopes to leave behind a legacy that exemplifies how important it is to take time to recognize those in need and make a difference.

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AOC Employees ExCEL in New Programs

Posted by Erin Nelson on October 16, 2014

CVC Visitor Guide Julie Butler leads a group of visitors through National Statuary Hall.
The ExCEL Program provides opportunities for jurisdictions to work together and for employees to share their knowledge with fellow colleagues.

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AOC Moves the House Office Buildings Storerooms

Posted by Franklin Bradley on October 14, 2014

House Office Buildings laborers like Keith Quick carefully move thousands of boxes and other items among member storerooms every election year.
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.

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Bells, Buzzers, Clicks and Clocks

Posted by Sharon Gang on October 2, 2014

The Flanagan clock with marble columns in the background
In a world where everyone carries a cell phone and some carry more than one, people still check the historic clocks on the Capitol campus for the time of day.

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AOC Bike Commuters: In Their Own Words

Posted by Kristen Frederick on October 1, 2014

Capitol view through bicycle spokes.
Quite a few Architect of the Capitol employees commute by bike, forming a group that meets monthly to work on promoting cycling to fellow AOC employees.

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Crumbling Down and Building Up

Posted by Matt Guilfoyle on September 29, 2014

Juan Sandoval and Jose Hernandez using a lewis to remove stones from Olmsted Terrace.
Addressing the stone pandemic across the Capitol campus takes a team of historic preservationists, structural engineers and stonemasons, among others.

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