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Foundations & Perspectives

The Architect of the Capitol magazine, Foundations & Perspectives, highlights the talents of AOC employees that are working behind-the-scenes to ensure the Capitol Campus operates efficiently and effectively.

Volume 14 | Spring 2015 Stories:

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Letter from the Architect — Spring 2015

Spring is often referred to as a time of renewal, and this season it's never been more apparent than on Capitol Hill. As we usher in the spring season, Architect of the Capitol (AOC) jurisdictions are embarking on many important projects that will restore some of America’s most iconic treasures.

The U.S. Capitol Rotunda is one of the most recognized spaces in all of America's buildings. Its beauty inspires millions of visitors each year. However, age and weather, common foes to all of our buildings, have damaged the Capitol Dome, allowing water leaks to damage paint, stone and decorative elements in the Rotunda. Work to restore the Rotunda will begin this summer ensuring future generations have the opportunity to enjoy it for years to come.

The care of the Grant Memorial and the surrounding area known as Union Square were recently transferred to the AOC. We immediately worked to address safety issues and repair the most deteriorated conditions throughout Union Square and developed a preservation strategy to restore the Grant Memorial to its original condition. The preservation effort will begin this spring and include conservation work of the bronze sculptural elements and their stone pedestals. I know we all take great pride in caring for the nation's buildings and statues entrusted to us, and we look forward to restoring the Grant Memorial to its original splendor.

The Cannon House Office Building, the oldest congressional office building outside of the Capitol, is in need of a top-to bottom renewal. The deteriorating building is plagued with serious safety, health, environmental and operational issues. We recently began a 10-year renewal project of the building, which will provide a workplace to support congressional operations for the next century.

As we move forward with these important projects, I am grateful for the diverse skills and talents of the AOC workforce. The work you do each day ensures the process of democracy can continue, and I appreciate your continued commitment to support Congress and preserve America’s historic buildings and grounds.

Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP
Architect of the Capitol

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