The Architect of the Capitol strives to perform all work at a high level of excellence and has been recognized for its efforts through many awards.
Construction Division Wins Washington Building Congress Award
The Architect of the Capitol’s Construction Division recently won a Washington Building Congress 2013 Craftsmanship Award for its Emergency Lighting and Electrical Services Upgrade.
The newly installed emergency distribution system was distributed throughout the Russell Senate Office Building infrastructure. The project included the addition of new distribution panel boards, transfer switches and transformers along with extensive exposed feeder and branch circuit conduit systems.
The project required multiple seamless transitions of normal power and lighting to the new emergency sources, which were accomplished through careful planning and implementation by the AOC’s Construction Division and Senate Superintendent’s Office.
The project was performed in tight and exposed spaces throughout the building, which required the AOC to use innovative techniques to transverse the floors in the building and navigate through crowded hallways and mechanical spaces. Throughout the project the AOC worked to minimize the disruption of the fit and finishes of the historic Russell Building  and ensure United States Senate and staff were able to continue their day-to-day work uninterrupted.
East House Underground Garage (EHUG) wins the 2012 General Services Administration Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation Program
The East House Underground Garage (EHUG) Interior Rehabilitation Project won the 2012 General Services Administration Achievement Award for Real Property Innovation Program under the Sustainability Category.
This award helps support federal agencies achieve the goals of the President's Management Agenda and improves federal real property stewardship as a whole, and the EHUG project demonstrated the Architect of the Capitol’s commitment to innovation and excellence.
Alex Santos accepted the award for the Architect of the Capitol at the ceremony in Louisville, Kentucky, on June 26, 2012.
Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting
Architect of the Capitol's Office of Security Programs Recognized for Customer Service Excellence
East House Underground Garage receives LEED for New Construction Gold Certification
The AOC East House Underground Garage received a LEED for New Construction certification at the Gold level on January 19, 2012. The project was recognized for:
2011 Webby Award for Best Government Website
The Architect of Capitol's Virtual Capitol website, www.Capitol.gov , received the 2011 Webby Award for Best Government Website. The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Established in 1996 during the Web's infancy, The Webbys is presented by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, which includes an Executive 1,000-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities, and Associate Members who are former Webby Award Winners and Nominees and other Internet professionals.
Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections
As a model of exemplary stewardship of the historic collections in its care, the Architect of the Capitol was presented with the 2010 Award for Outstanding Commitment to the Preservation and Care of Collections, presented annually by Heritage Preservation and the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.
Combined Federal Campaign Award
The Architect of the Capitol received the 2009 Combined Federal Campaign's Summit Award in recognition for a 59.9% increase in total dollars raised. The AOC also received the Participation Achievement Award for a 49% increase in employee participation.
The Combined Federal Campaign promotes and supports philanthropy through a program that is employee focused, cost-efficient and effective in providing all federal employees the opportunity to improve the quality of life for all.
AIA Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter Special Citation Design Award
In order to achieve the objectives outlined in the AOC’s Strategic Plan for Heritage Asset Stewardship, the AOC developed a set of specifications for a Historic Inventory Database (HPID). The goal of the database was to identify and document the historic buildings, landscapes and architectural features throughout the Capitol Campus and to assess their conditions from a historic preservation and architectural perspective. The database was designed to collect a great deal of data, identify sets of recurring conditions and trends, then establish a set of planning priorities for future preservation efforts. A prototype for the HPID was built by a private A/E contractor, Entech Engineering and the data was gathered in a pilot project at the third floor of the Longworth House Office Building in the spring of 2008.
This effort was recognized by the Eastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the AIA and awarded a Special Citation in the Chapter's 2008 Design Awards Program. Juror comments commended the preservation efforts initiated by the AOC and carried out via the AOC contractor, Entech Engineers, stating the HPID represented a "vital pre-design planning service / exercise that should be required before any historical preservation design phase begins."
Washington Building Congress Craftsmanship Awards
The Architect of the Capitol’s 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.
Specifically, the Capitol Visitor Center (CVC) project was singled out for the high-quality, professional workmanship throughout the facility by individuals who are “creative, precise, and possess the special skills associated with quality craftsmanship.” These features include the six skylights which allow natural light into the CVC; the custom light fixtures located throughout the CVC and Expansion Spaces that complement the existing fixtures in the Capitol Building; the installation of major hard scape features such as stairs and seat walls, as well as the re-installation of historic elements such as fountains and lanterns on the East Front; and the installation of monumental interior wall stone and marble, and ornamental staircases, doors, and other hardware.
Technical skills of the teams responsible for electrical and fire alarm systems installation, and plaster work were also honored with Craftsmanship Awards.
In addition to the 11 awards presented, several of the winners were extended additional honors with the receipt of two of the three “Star Awards” presented to projects demonstrating the highest level of quality and achieving exceptional visual and technical excellence.
"Great American Gardeners" Award
Holly Shimizu, Executive Director of the U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG), was honored by the American Horticultural Society as a recipient of its 2008 Great American Gardeners Award at a ceremony held on June 6, 2008. She was recognized with the Professional Award which is given to a public garden administrator whose achievements during the course of his or her career have cultivated widespread interest in horticulture.
American Public Gardens Association Professional Citation
At an awards ceremony at the American Public Gardens Association’s (APGA) Annual Conference on June 26, 2008, Dr. Christine Flanagan, public programs manager of the U.S. Botanic Garden, received the Association’s prestigious Professional Citation. The Professional Citation recognizes achievements in public horticulture of an individual member who has excelled in one of the disciplines associated with the work of public gardens. Flanagan was recognized for her vision and innovative approach to exhibits and public garden educational programming.
National Construction Management Award
The Architect of the Capitol’s West Refrigeration Plant Expansion project at the Capitol Power Plant recently received a National Project Achievement Award from the Construction Management Association of America (CMAA).
The annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management. The West Refrigeration Plant Expansion Project was recognized as “Best Infrastructure Project with Constructed Value Less Than $100 million.”
Since 1999, CMAA has been presenting its Project Achievement Awards to recognize instances in which professional Construction or Program Management has made a significant contribution to the successful completion of a challenging project or program.
Accreditation from the American Association of Museums
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum.
Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums about 775 are currently accredited. Notably, of several hundred public gardens in North America, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of only 19 that have been awarded accreditation.
AAM accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by museum professionals for 35 years, AAM’s museum accreditation program is the field’s primary vehicle for quality assurance, self-regulation, and public accountability. It strengthens the museum profession by promoting practices that enable leaders to make informed decisions, allocate resources wisely, and remain financially and ethically accountable in order to provide the best possible service to the public.