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Flowers Stink… but not to the Helen Hayes Awards

Feb 02, 2016

Photo from a Flowers Stink production.
Kennedy Center Musical Co-commissioned with the United States Botanic Garden Nominated The Helen Hayes Awards announced the 2016 nominees for excellence in professional theatre on February 1. The Kennedy Center musical, Flowers Stink, which was co-commissioned with the U.S. Botanic Garden, received two nominations for Outstanding Costume Design and Outstanding Theater for Young Audience. The musical, free and open to the public, premiered Saturday September 26, 2015 and was performed each Saturday through October at the Amphitheatre in the National Garden. The show was about how a young girl...

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The Big Dig

Jan 25, 2016

Snow removal during Snowzilla at the Capitol.
Less than 48 hours after Winter Storm Jonas began dumping snow from the skies over Washington, D.C., Architect of the Capitol (AOC) crews successfully removed snow to make ​14 miles of sidewalks, 7 miles of streets and drives and 20 acres of plazas and parking lots accessible for the Capitol community. Throughout the historic storm, approximately 350 AOC employees worked around-the-clock. High winds and the vast amount of snow slowed progress on Saturday, but clear skies and sunshine on Sunday and Monday provided the perfect weather for the big dig. The AOC operated more than 100 pieces of...

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Longworth Cafeteria

Jan 15, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Longworth House Office Building.
During the Longworth House Office Building's cafeteria renovation work, there was a potential release of lead paint dust in the kitchen area. The area that was initially impacted was not being used for food preparation. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) continues to investigate and will have another update when the cafeteria reopens. Thank you for your continued patience. We take the health and safety of the Capitol Hill community very seriously. If you would like more information regarding the possible health effects of lead in general, please see visit the Agency for Toxic Substances...

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2016 State of the Union Address Information

Jan 11, 2016

2012 State of the Union Address.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m., the President will deliver the State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building. The United States Capitol Police and its law enforcement partners will provide security and traffic control for this event. We appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners, event support personnel, and the community in working with us to manage this significant event. Due to road closures, we...

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Industry Day on February 8

Jan 08, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Please note this event was originally scheduled for January 25, 2016, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting an Industry Day on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the North Congressional Meeting Room. This event is for the upcoming rehabilitation of the Rayburn House Office Building garage, which is a five story, below grade, interior structure.  The industry day is free and open any business interested in subcontracting opportunities, however, advance reservation is requested. Please e-mail...

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A Welcoming Morning at the U.S. Botanic Garden

Dec 17, 2015

Participants enjoying the morning in the USBG train exhibit.
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the earth's fragile ecosystems. To ensure access to the broadest possible audience, the USBG recently hosted its first Morning at the Museum program. This program provides museum access for individuals with cognitive and sensory-processing disabilities by providing pre-visit preparation materials, a calmer visitation period for registered participants and a welcoming quiet "take-a-break" space. Staff and volunteers from the USBG, the Office...

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