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Preparing for the Moment Opportunity Knocks

By Erin Nelson

Employee spotlight on an AOC elevator mechanic who started as a night shift laborer in the U.S. Capitol and has continued to rise through the ranks.

Paul Miller (left) and Anderson Alleyne (right) are two AOC employees that embody its mission to serve, preserve and inspire.
Paul Miller (left) and Anderson Alleyne (right) are two AOC employees that embody its mission to serve, preserve and inspire.
April 10, 2019
Employee spotlight on an AOC elevator mechanic who started as a night shift laborer in the U.S. Capitol and has continued to rise through the ranks.More »
United States Capitol, Washington, D.C. Section of south wing, 1800s drawing by Benjamin Henry Latrobe. Retrieved from the Library of Congress.
April 3, 2019
Thomas Jefferson, inspired by skylights he saw in Paris, prevailed upon the Architect of the Capitol to include something similar in the U.S. Capitol's new House chamber.More »
AOC employees test an underground utility locator on the West Front lawn of the U.S. Capitol.
March 26, 2019
This cool tool enables the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to quickly respond to requests to dig on the U.S. Capitol grounds. More »
Restoring the windows of the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, D.C.
February 12, 2019
Preservation allows the building to retain much of its original character and charm, while increasing the building's functionality for those who work and visit within its walls.More »
Close-up view of bronze door handle in the shape of a snake. Once part of the entrance to the U.S. Capitol's House chamber.
February 8, 2019
A brief history of the Capitol Bronze Shop established by Montgomery Meigs for the Capitol Extension.More »
A bowler hat discovered during the renewal of the Cannon House Office Building.
January 3, 2019
During the process of renewing the Cannon House Office Building, workers have found hidden treasures that had been lost or discarded by the laborers who constructed the building more than 100 years ago.More »
December 18, 2018
How a successful immigrant family left their mark on the U.S. Capitol campus, and the AOC's work to clean and preserve a historic treasure.More »
Members of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum inspect a vehicle operating on the U.S. Capitol campus.
November 27, 2018
A story of AOC employees coming together to improve safety on the U.S. Capitol campus for everyone.More »
AOC employees exemplify One Team, One Mission.
November 16, 2018
The 11th Architect reveals his favorite and most important part of this organization: the spirit of AOC employees! More »
Participants and instructors after lunch at Eco City Farm.
November 6, 2018
The new Armed to Urban Farm program was a week-long training opportunity for military veterans that combined classroom sessions with farm tours and hands-on activities.More »
AOC Director of Capitol Grounds and Arboretum searches the Willamette National Forest in Oregon for the perfect U.S. Christmas Tree.
November 1, 2018
Travel to the Willamette National Forest in Oregon to select the 2018 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
"Declaration of Independence" scene from the Frieze of American History found in the U.S. Capitol Rotunda.
October 30, 2018
The second President of the United States appears in several pieces of art throughout the U.S. Capitol.More »
Sunset view at U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC.
October 9, 2018
During National Fire Prevention Week, look for places a fire could start, listen for the sound of an alarm and learn two ways out of every room.More »
Close-up detail photo with Statue of Freedom during conservation in 1993.
July 17, 2018
An in-depth look at the evolution of women in art at the U.S. Capitol.More »
AOC Capitol Building jurisdiction employee proudly sporting their bump caps.
July 11, 2018
Read how this cool cap is keeping Capitol Building employees safer.More »

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