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Rosa Parks Statue Joins U.S. Capitol Art Collection

February 21, 2013

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, today shared some details about the Rosa Parks statue that is slated to join the U.S. Capitol Art Collection following an unveiling ceremony on February 27, 2013, hosted by House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). Authorized by Public Law 109-116, as modified by Public Law 110-120, the Rosa Parks statue represents the first commission of a full-sized statue approved and funded by the U.S. Congress since...

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Colors of Capitol Hill

February 20, 2013

Flowers by the West Front Fountain at the U.S. Capitol
After a winter of gray skies and leafless trees, the AOC Capitol Grounds crew never fails to wow visitors and staff with a kaleidoscope of flowers that, come spring, burst into bloom around the Capitol. “Spring is a reawakening,” said David Ellis, supervisory gardener for the Capitol Grounds, who has been with the AOC for nine years. “When you see the yellow daffodils start coming up, even through an early spring snow, it seems like a new beginning.” Throughout the year, Ralph LoJacono, general supervisor for the AOC Capitol Grounds Gardening Division, and the approximately 30 gardeners on...

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Read AOC's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2012

January 15, 2013

The Architect of the Capitol's Performance and Accountability Report for Fiscal Year 2012 is now available. This report provides the United States Congress and the American people information on AOC’s annual performance results, management challenges and financial accountability. Fiscal Year (FY) 2012 marked the roll-out of AOC’s new Strategic Vision — a result of a collaborative effort by AOC employees throughout the organization. Through this vision, the AOC continues to transform into a forward-thinking, collaborative and innovative organization. This vision helped the AOC achieve cost...

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Visitor Hour Changes for Inauguration

January 09, 2013

Due to preparations for the 57th Presidential Inauguration, the Capitol Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, January 19, and it will also be closed Monday, January 21 for the Inauguration itself. Tours of the U.S. Capitol will be suspended on both days. The U.S. Botanic Garden will also be closed on Inauguration Day, Monday, January 21.

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Senator Inouye Lying in State

December 19, 2012

Senator Daniel K. Inouye will lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda on Thursday, December 20. All tours of the Capitol will be suspended on that day. On Friday, December 21, tours will resume at noon. The Capitol Visitor Center will be open on Thursday only for those wishing to pay their respects, official visitors or individuals who have House or Senate Gallery passes. Entry for the viewing, which will take place on Thursday from noon to 8 p.m., is through the Capitol Visitor Center. Those who plan to attend should consult the list of prohibited items at the U.S. Capitol before arriving. The...

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Cogeneration at the Capitol Power Plant

December 17, 2012

Cogeneration technology was identified as an energy efficient and cost effective means to meet future energy requirements for the Capitol Power Plant by generating on-site power.

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