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The National Garden provides "living laboratories" for environmental, horticultural, and botanical education in a contemplative setting.
The National Garden opened in 2006 as a place for visitors to experience the...

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A virtual Map of Capitol Hill from above
View a map of the U.S. Capitol and other buildings and grounds cared for by the...

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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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Beth Burrous, biochemist and USBG volunteer.
Learn about plants used to make lifesaving medicines at the U.S. Botanic Garden...

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AOC Enters into Public-Private Contract to Save Energy on Capitol Hill

Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, announced today that the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has entered into a partnership with NORESCO, LLC, for an Energy Savings Performance Contract in the House Office Buildings. The project includes nearly $34 million in facility infrastructure upgrades in the Rayburn, Longworth, Cannon, and Ford House Office Buildings, as well as the House Page Dormitory. Highlights of this project include:

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Capitol Visitor Center Receives Craftsmanship Awards

The Architect of the Capitol’s (AOC) Capitol Visitor Center project was recognized by the Washington Building Congress with several 2008 Craftsmanship Awards. Teams of skilled tradesmen were recognized for displaying exceptional skill in their fields, including door and hardware fabrication, skylight design and installation, exterior hardscape installation, and stone masonry.

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AOC Signs Collective Bargaining Agreement with Union

WASHINGTON, JULY 10, 2007 – Today, Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, signed into force and effect a Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 626, representing approximately 500 laborers, custodians, gardeners, and other non-skilled workers in the House and Senate Office Buildings, U.S. Capitol Building, and the U.S. Botanic Garden.

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