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A Sweet 2016

By Sarah Bublitz

This past year has been filled with many sweet moments around the Capitol campus. Here are 10 that stand out.

2016 carved into a column capital during the Capitol Exterior Preservation project's stone work.
A garden gnome placed in an open "tiny" door in the U.S. Capitol.
July 14, 2016
Guesses for what is behind the Capitol Building's smallest doors are as varied as the architectural details that encompass the Capitol campus. The correct explanation for their existence involves Christmas Eve, the Library of Congress and engineer Montgomery Meigs.More »
July 11, 2016
With the recent Kennedy Center announcement that the award-winning musical "Hamilton" is coming to Washington, D.C., the options to explore and experience one of our Founding Fathers in our nation's capital has never been better.More »
Willow Oak (Quercus phellos)
July 7, 2016
Some of the most majestic and unmistakable trees on campus were planted during the Olmsted period.More »
Bright sun behind a silhouetted Capitol Dome and Statue of Freedom.
July 6, 2016
If you live, work or visit Capitol Hill, stay alert for signs that you, a colleague or a loved one is too hot.More »
AOC's John Lamberton, Assistant Supervisor, selects the proper copper pipe size for a job.
July 1, 2016
While the most frequent calls from building occupants are related to climate, being successful in this line of work is about more than overcoming hot and cold conditions.More »
The U.S. Capitol can be seen over the wetlands area of the National Garden.
June 21, 2016
Opened to the public on October 1, 2006, the National Garden is a key element of the USBG, along with the Conservatory and Bartholdi Park.More »
Capitol Building Sheet Metal Shop auto brake.
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 »
Kaizen Life Skills group photo.
June 13, 2016
Millions of Americans volunteer every year, but few feel compelled to form their own organization. AOC's Greg Smith saw a problem in his community that had no solution, so he created one by starting his own non-profit.More »
June 7, 2016
We are all an assembly of parts, pieces and life experiences, and we bring those experiences to the things we do every day.More »
The green roof in bloom at the Packard Campus for Audio-Visual Conservation, a Library of Congress facility managed by the AOC.
June 2, 2016
A 30 percent reduction in energy consumption is a major accomplishment. Take a look back at how we got there, and find out where we're going.More »
Meigs' name visible on tie rod nuts in the Dome's boilerplate plenum.
June 1, 2016
Meigs was notorious for seizing opportunities to get his name inscribed on any items related to these monumental projects that he could. Recently, another permanent signature was discovered.More »
AOC Employee, MJ Pajak bikes to work on the Capitol campus.
May 18, 2016
This passionate group of AOC employees aims to improve biking conditions around the Capitol campus.More »
Military Summer Concert Series, 2009.
May 13, 2016
It wasn't planned at the time, but the 1793 cornerstone laying event was the first of what has become a time-honored tradition of incorporating music to mark celebratory and honorary occasions in the Nation's Capital.More »
Carving of a new rosette begun by a computerized numerical control (CNC) machine.
May 10, 2016
To answer this question, we travel to a brick building in Vienna, Virginia, where the hum of an industrial-sized machine is unmistakable. Littering the fenced-in courtyard of the building are massive slabs of stone of all shapes and colors.More »
This group portrait monument to the pioneers of the woman suffrage movement.
May 6, 2016
In honor of Mother's Day, explore more women who have played significant roles in the development of our nation and are featured in art at the U.S. Capitol.More »

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