Celebrated annually on the last Friday in April, National Arbor Day highlights the importance of trees, their planting and their care. Architect of the Capitol employees are involved in comprehensive tree care every day throughout the year. It started in 1874 with Frederick Law Olmsted.
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By laura condeluci | April 25, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol maintains the facilities for the Library of Congress, and we actively work as ambassadors for energy reduction within the Library of Congress buildings, while helping maintain their invaluable and irreplaceable collection of more than 158 million items.
By erin courtney | April 18, 2016
Energy Savings Performance Contracts have assisted the Architect of the Capitol in completing several conservation measures around the U.S. Capitol, House office buildings and Senate office buildings. These ESPCs were an important element in our strategy to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent.
By erin courtney | 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.
By franklin bradley | April 12, 2016
The Senate Jurisdiction's emphasis on energy-efficient lighting was integral to meeting our agency-wide energy reduction goal.
By sarah davis | April 7, 2016
There are more than 20 water features that Architect of the Capitol cares for. Spanning across the U.S. Capitol campus, each of the House office buildings, Senate office buildings, Library of Congress buildings, Supreme Court buildings and the U.S. Botanic Garden have some type of fountain or pool.
By r c vaughn | April 5, 2016
A new technology now allows waterlines to remain filled while workers install a new valve. 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.
By laura condeluci | April 1, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol's approach to sustainability and energy efficiency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., is built upon three defining elements: buildings, infrastructure and people. We are very proud of our recent accomplishment of 30 percent energy reduction.
By sharon gang | March 29, 2016
This doing good story is of an AOC electrician who volunteers with Heroes on the Water, a national organization that helps veterans from all branches of the United States military unwind using the therapeutic qualities of fishing from kayaks.
By stephen t ayers | March 22, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol describes how he finds inspiration every day from the beautiful details of the Capitol campus.
By erin courtney | 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.
By erin courtney | 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.
By franklin bradley | March 10, 2016
Tuning forks are frequently used by musicians to adjust their instruments. So why does the Architect of the Capitol have one – and what makes it cool? Montgomery C. Meigs used this tuning fork during the 1850s Capitol Dome construction to evaluate its cast iron beams.
By elizabeth yoder | March 7, 2016
The Architect of the Capitol's Senate Subway Branch operates two subway systems to transport senators, staff and escorted visitors between the Capitol Building and the Senate office buildings. Let these AOC employees show you what it's like to work in their specialized shop and area of expertise.