The Rosa Parks bronze statue weighs 600 pounds and the granite pedestal, partially hollowed out inside, weighs 2,100 pounds. The pedestal is made of Raven Black granite and inscribed simply with her name and life dates, “Rosa Parks/1913–2005.
On February 27, 2013, a statue of Rosa Parks commissioned by Congress was...


The Summerhouse on the Capitol Grounds surrounded by pink azalea flowers.
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Photo of Capitol Hill steps.
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Scaffold going up on the Senate side of the United States Capitol building.
A multi-phased project designed to address deferred maintenance, extend the...


Photo of Alexander Calder's Mountains and Clouds sculpture.
Status: Ongoing Building: Senate Office Buildings
During the upcoming construction activity, the four clouds will be lowered to the ground and fully assessed to ensure their structural integrity, including analysis against seismic design considerations. More »
Scaffold going up on the Senate side of the United States Capitol building.
Status: Ongoing Building: United States Capitol
A multi-phased project designed to address deferred maintenance, extend the life expectancy of the deteriorated stone and to replace missing elements of the U.S. Capitol Building. More »
The Ulysses S. Grant Memorial
Status: Ongoing Building: Capitol Grounds

In spring 2015, the Architect of the Capitol began conservation efforts to restore the bronze monuments of the Grant Memorial located in Union Square. Work includes cleaning, waxing, repairing and conserving the existing bronze, and providing new bronze castings of missing or broken items. Initial stone work will include the cleaning and removal of patina bronze deposits from... More »

View of the Capitol Power Plant from House parks.
Status: Planned Building: Capitol Power Plant
At the Capitol Power Plant we are planning for the future. Through rigorous analysis of various energy technologies and broad consultation with leading experts, we have explored options for achieving future energy savings, reducing environmental impacts and maintaining a reliable source of chilled water and steam for the 23 facilities on Capitol Hill we serve, including the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. We have identified cogeneration as the preferred solution for our energy future. More »
Status: Completed Building:

Preparations are underway, near 2nd St and Washington Ave SW, for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (www.avdlm.org). Memorial construction in and around the footprint of the site (from the southwest of Washington Avenue and northeast of 2nd Street SW) will continue through the fall of 2014. Minor street and lane closures will occur as construction work continues. Pedestrians traveling between the Rayburn and Ford House Office Buildings should use the route below. This route will remain in place for the... More »

East Front Plaza Repairs
Status: Completed Building: United States Capitol

AOC is making repairs to expansion joints on the East Front Plaza of the Capitol near the plaza entrance at First St. and East Capitol. The work is expected to be complete by July 2014.

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The Capitol at night.
Status: Completed Building: United States Capitol

On Friday evening, August 22, 2014, the Architect of the Capitol is performing planned maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project.

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Capitol Windows
Status: Completed Building: United States Capitol

Repairs to the exterior side of the Capitol Building windows located on the House side will be performed between September 2, 2014 through mid-November 2014. The repairs are focused on the exterior side of the windows and some minor work on the interior side will take place during non-operational hours to avoid disruptions to the space occupants. A scaffold system will be used to reach each window and perform the repairs. Once the repairs to a block of windows have been completed, the scaffold towers will be relocated to the next set of windows requiring a similar access to complete the... More »

Generator Progress May 2014
Status: Completed Building: U.S. Library of Congress

Work is underway at the northwest corner of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to replace the existing emergency generator with one that provides more than twice the power.

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Work Photography of a Worker repairing the Hart Roof at sunset.
Status: Completed Building: Senate Office Buildings

In December 2014, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) began replacing the roof and 180 skylights and upgrading the fall protection system on the Hart Senate Office Building. The roof and skylights, which were installed in 1982, had reached the end of their useful life and, over time, had allowed water infiltration which caused building damage.

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