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A Welcoming Morning at the U.S. Botanic Garden

December 17, 2015

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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2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Will Shine Tonight

December 02, 2015

The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony held today, Wednesday, December 2, at 5 p.m. on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House, will flip the switch to light the tree for the first time at dusk. This year's tree is a Lutz spruce selected from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. It was harvested on October 27, 2015, and after traveling thousands of miles across...

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AOC Releases FY 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

November 30, 2015

The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is now available. The FY 2015 PAR provides AOC's financial and performance information for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on September 30, 2015. The report provides candid insight into AOC's operations and accomplishments for the fiscal year and the challenges the organization faces. 2015 Highlights 2015 Full Report PDF "We believe that there is no greater mission than upholding the historic buildings entrusted to our care, and we look forward to continuing to...

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Repair of Southeast Stairwell in Russell Building

November 23, 2015

From November 23 through March 2016, the Architect of the Capitol will be performing plaster repair work in the southeast stairwell of the Russell Building. This effort will require the installation of scaffold within the stairwell. Scaffold assembly will begin on Monday, November 23, and last through Friday, December 11. During this period, the southeast stairwell, which serves all floors, will close each night at 8:00 p.m., and will reopen each morning after 5:00 a.m. All levels of the stairwell will remain accessible through covered walkways under the scaffolding, built for the safety of...

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives: From Alaska with Love

November 20, 2015

This morning the Capitol Christmas tree arrived on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tree is an annual symbol of hope and celebration, so it is fitting that a truck driver who bears a striking resemblance to Old St. Nick, with a full white beard and smiling eyes, delivered it to the Capitol. "I am honored to accept this year's Capitol Christmas tree on behalf of the U.S. Congress. I'd like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Congressional delegation for their support, those who helped get this beautiful tree to Washington, D.C., and the children, artists and community...

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Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Packard Campus

November 19, 2015

The Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation facility (Packard Campus) located in Culpeper, Virginia, recently received the Virginia Water Environment Association's (VWEA) Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Industrial Waste and Pretreatment. Tim Minner, Engineer for the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Library Buildings and Grounds, accepted the award from VWEA on behalf of the AOC. The award, which honors demonstrated dedication to pollution prevention, waste elimination or reduction and one year of permit compliance with pretreatment permit conditions, is a...

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