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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.
The Snow Rodeo training exercise on a new piece of snow removal equipment, the Ditch Witch SK600 mini skid steer
March 1, 2018
This year's snow removal training exercise included a friendly competition between offices and jurisdictions on a new piece of equipment.More »
Rosa Parks lay in honor in Capitol Rotunda October 30-31, 2005.
February 26, 2018
The occasion calls for coordination across the Capitol campus, and the solemnity of the event requires a commitment to excellence to ensure that no detail is overlooked.More »
Orchid Show at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
February 21, 2018
Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent and many other aspects.More »
Visitor Guides Andrew Tremel, Carrie Gallagher and Brandon Hintze who made the Student Program so successful.
January 31, 2018
The Capitol Visitor Center runs educational programs for classes nearly 50 times between October and February, serving nearly 1,500 students.More »
Condition of the stone on the Russell Building pre-restoration.
January 11, 2018
Stone preservation will continue to be a priority of the AOC as the best way to maintain the buildings across the Capitol campus is to constantly monitor them.More »
'Premium Picasso' (left) and 'Jingle Bell' (right) pointsettias.
December 22, 2017
The gardeners have grown more than 3,000 poinsettia plants to brighten up the USBG Conservatory's annual holiday exhibit "Season's Greenings: Roadside Attractions."More »
2017 Highlights
December 20, 2017
Before we dive into 2018, here's a look back at some of this year's highlights.More »
Group photo of members of the AOC Capitol Grounds team with the Safety Sign.
November 29, 2017
Discover two examples of what an empowered and innovative workforce looks like in day-to-day operations at the AOC.More »
The lunette "Telegraph" by Brumidi in the now Lyndon B. Johnson Room, S-211.
November 20, 2017
Various locations where the cornucopia, a traditional symbol of the Thanksgiving holiday, appears in the U.S. Capitol.More »
2017 War Gardens
November 15, 2017
To mark the centennial of the U.S. entering World War I, Library Buildings and Grounds staff recreated period-appropriate "War Gardens."More »
Searching for "The One"
November 9, 2017
Finding "the one" is pretty similar, whether you're searching for true love or the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree.More »
Groundbreaking at the Hart Senate Office Building.
November 8, 2017
As the country grows, so does the Capitol campus and, with it, the AOC's responsibilities.More »
Robert Gannon smoothes out imperfections in a plaster cast.
November 1, 2017
Some Architect of the Capitol employees are highly visible, while others work behind the scenes to preserve the awe-inspiring facilities on Capitol Hill.More »
Capitol Dome out of focus, branch in foreground.
October 31, 2017
On Friday, October 13, AOC employees set out to look into a new Capitol Building mystery.More »
A view of the renovated Bartholdi Park.
October 25, 2017
An in-depth summary of a recent Bartholdi Park renovation.More »

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