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Reclaiming an Ordinary Day

By Erin Courtney

A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.

Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
October 29, 2014
For two beautiful summer days in late July, I traveled around Chippewa National Forest in Cass Lake, Minnesota, to search for the perfect U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree. More »
AOC's Marc Kinney, part of the Capitol Building's Insulation Division.
December 8, 2016
The Capitol Building's Insulation Division is as "behind the scenes" as you can get, often working behind closed doors and within containments to ensure the safety of those who visit and work on the Capitol campus.More »
Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
June 3, 2013
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the buildings and grounds on Capitol Hill, but it also maintains several facilities across the National Capital Region. One such facility is the Library of Congress Packard Campus of the National Audio-Visual Conservation Center, located 80 miles away from the Capitol in Culpeper, Virginia. I recently had the privilege to peak inside this fascinating facility.More »
July 16, 2015
The U.S. Botanic Garden is committed to welcoming every visitor by providing accessible facilities and inclusive programming.More »
October 14, 2014
The House Office Buildings laborers continuously improve service delivery and efficiency, even if they have to face down a wolf to do it.More »
The Capitol Dome at night, as seen behind one of the East Front Olmsted fountains.
October 18, 2012
The AOC masons get the U.S. Capitol ready for another day before the rest of the employees on the Hill even wake.More »
November 7, 2016
Those dedicated to managing the operation of the 10-year, five-phased Cannon Renewal discuss the project and what leadership means to them.More »
May 14, 2018
Celebrating the men and women of the United States Capitol Police who put their lives on the line to protect America's beacon of democracy.More »
Intern Mary Delaney learns about an air handling unit from AOC Air Conditioning Equipment Mechanic Worker Valarie Buggie to better understand the parts and services required by heating and cooling systems.
March 19, 2018
The AOC strives to make the intern experience substantive, challenging and rewarding.More »
West Front of Capitol in March with blue skies and clouds
April 1, 2014
Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.More »
June 17, 2016
The U.S. Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop has introduced a new auto brake machine which offers an unprecedented capacity to bend metal that is integral to the many renowned projects around the U.S. Capitol.More »
July 9, 2013
"We deal with a lot of history." Those aren't the words of the AOC's Curator office. It's Ron Bailey, shop supervisor of the Library Buildings and Grounds Elevator Division, who runs some of the oldest elevator systems on Capitol Hill, the oldest of which date back to the 1930s. More »
Russell Jones of the AOC Construction Division demonstrates a cool tool for applying grout to the Olmsted wall.
December 1, 2016
A special tool helps our stone masons repair and replace the mortar in the low stone walls lining Capitol Square.More »
The AOC Capitol Building Mason Shop successfully relocated the Magna Carta display to the Crypt.
January 21, 2011
It took both brawn and brains to move a beautiful (and hefty) treasure when the Magna Carta display was moved from the Capitol Rotunda to its new home in the Capitol Crypt.More »
Melvin Wells has applied what they learned at SOME to excel at AOC.
May 23, 2013
AOC's partnership with So Others Might Eat (SOME) helps "empower people out of homelessness and poverty" with their Center for Employment Training.More »

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