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First Nail Ceremony Kicks off Inauguration Construction

First Nail Ceremony
Friday, September 21, 2012

On September 20, 2012, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, joined members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to drive in the “First Nail” marking the beginning of construction of the 2013 Presidential Inaugural platform.

Ayers kicked off the event by saying that, “It is a tremendous honor to be a part of this historic event. The Architect of the Capitol’s involvement dates back to the 1860’s when the Presidential Inauguration began to involve more public participation, and arrangements were made to make the event more accessible to the people when the President took the oath of office.” 

Today, the AOC constructs the Inaugural platform, sets up the necessary seating and fencing, places over 30,000 chairs on the Grounds, procures the sound system and other support systems, installs the flags and buntings, and coordinates many other activities with the Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural Ceremonies regarding all of the physical arrangements that are necessary to accommodate this event every four years.

For more information, visit http://www.aoc.gov/projects/construction-2013-inauguration-underway.