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Lamp Posts Installed at Grant Memorial

June 25, 2019

Drawing and design for the Grant Memorial replica lamp posts.
Eight bronze lamp posts were recently installed by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) on the marble pedestal of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial in Union Square as part of the current restoration project. These posts are replicas of fixtures first designed and installed by Edward Pearce Casey, the architect for the memorial's pedestal. Each lamp post is made up of 16 separate castings, plus the eagle atop, which are supported by a stainless steel internal post and base which, in turn, is anchored to a new marble base. The bronze is patinated to match the color of the memorial bronze and coated...

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2019 Legislative Branch Industry Day

June 04, 2019

AOC is hosting an Industry Day at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC), along with other legislative branch procurement divisions, are hosting a Legislative Branch Industry Day on June 27, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the Congressional Auditorium. This event is for contractors interested in doing business with the legislative branch, and is open to any business. If you are interested in attending, please send an email by June 24, 2019, to aocprocurement@aoc.gov with the names of each attendee from your company. The AOC is responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and...

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Edmonds Named New Superintendent of Library Buildings and Grounds

May 28, 2019

Antonio M. Edmonds, PE is AOC's Director, Office of Security Programs.
Following a national search, Tony Edmonds has been selected to be the next Superintendent of Library Buildings and Grounds. Mr. Edmonds joined the Architect of the Capitol in 2017 as Director of the Office of Security Programs, where he was responsible for the Architect of the Capitol security programs and infrastructure, continuity of operations, management and operation of the buildings, grounds and security enhancements supporting the U.S. Capitol Police, along with other resiliency requirements. He is a tremendous asset to the Architect of the Capitol executive team and has enhanced the...

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2019 U.S. Capitol Memorial Day Concert Prohibited Items and Street Closures

May 23, 2019

2017 Memorial Day Concert Set Up
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. Know Before You Go: Information on the Concert, Rehearsal, Prohibited Items and Street Closures On Sunday, May 26, 2019, the annual National Memorial Day Concert will be broadcast live from the West Front of the United States Capitol. This year's event marks the 30th anniversary broadcast of the concert. The program honors our servicemen and women, their families and all those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. The concert begins at 8 p.m. on Sunday, and gates will open to the public at 5 p.m. There also...

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Architect of the Capitol Honored for Excellence in Accountability Reporting

May 22, 2019

AGA Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting Best-in-Class Award
For the eighth consecutive year, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) received the Association of Government Accountants' prestigious Certificate of Excellence in Accountability Reporting (CEAR) for its Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Performance and Accountability Report (PAR). The AOC also received a special Best-In-Class Award in recognition of agency staff contribution to mission in the PAR for fiscal year 2018.  These awards speak highly of the teamwork and professionalism of AOC employees. The CEAR is the highest form of recognition in federal government financial reporting. It recognizes federal...

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New Exhibit Showcases 21 Public Gardens Across USA

May 20, 2019

Visitors viewing the Edison and Ford Winter Estates vignette of plants used by Edison in natural rubber research.
The following press release is via the United States Botanic Garden: The U.S. Botanic Garden (USBG) presents a new exhibit Gardens Across America from May 24 through October 1, 2019. The exhibit showcases 21 public gardens from across the United States through vignettes created by each garden that display plants and items that illustrate the gardens' stories. The displays were chosen from a call for entries to all gardens across the country. It corresponds to the USBG co-hosting the national conference for the American Public Gardens Association in Washington, D.C. this June when almost 1,...

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