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Alan M. Hantman, FAIA, served as the 10th Architect of the Capitol.
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Fire Egress at the Library of Congress

By Erin Nelson

Architect of the Capitol teams worked together to complete the Fire Door Improvements project in the Thomas Jefferson Building, improving fire safety within this historic space.

Close look at a door hinge in the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building, patented Nov. 22, 1887.
April 25, 2016
Our team actively works as ambassadors for energy reduction within the Library of Congress buildings, while helping maintain their invaluable and irreplaceable collection.More »
April 18, 2016
ESPCs have assisted us in completing several conservation measures around the Capitol, House and Senate.More »
April 13, 2016
Our nation’s third president has his successes, as well as himself, memorialized in more than 10 pieces of art in the U.S. Capitol Building.More »
April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.More »
April 7, 2016
We care for more than 20 water features across the Capitol campus. How many can you name?More »
April 5, 2016
By deploying this construction best practice, the Cannon Renewal Project will save a tremendous amount of natural resources, require less manpower and result in savings to the American taxpayer. More »
April 1, 2016
Our approach to sustainability and energy on Capitol Hill is built upon three defining elements... buildings, infrastructure and people.More »
March 29, 2016
Electrician Martin Blanchet volunteers with Heroes on the Water, which helps veterans relax and rehabilitate through kayak fishing.More »
March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.More »
March 17, 2016
For Americans of Irish heritage, there is much to celebrate. Beginning with our Nation's founding, Irishmen risked their lives to establish what would become the United States of America.More »
Cohen watches the recasting of missing pieces from the Grant Memorial at a foundry in Pennsylvania.
March 16, 2016
The Curator Division's commitment to building knowledge continues to thrive under new leadership.More »
March 16, 2016
To celebrate the birthday of our nation's fourth president, we are highlighting the art featuring or including James Madison on the Capitol campus.More »
March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does AOC have one – and what makes it cool?More »
March 7, 2016
Architect of the Capitol employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.More »
March 2, 2016
Architects, lawyers, archivists, curators, engineers, human resources specialists, gardeners, custodians, technicians, arborists, technology developers and more are represented by female employees of the Architect of the Capitol. More »

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