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Sunset in the Capitol Rotunda.
The U.S. Capitol's rotunda is closed this month to prepare for restoration...

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U.S. Capitol Grounds is now an Accredited Arboretum

February 10, 2017

The United States Capitol Grounds was recently named an accredited arboretum. The grounds are now listed in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a comprehensive list of arboreta and public gardens that have a substantial focus on woody plants for the benefit of the public, science and conservation. As a Level II arboretum, Capitol Grounds is recognized as an area with at least 100 species of woody plants, dedicated staff, enhanced public education programs and a documented collections policy.   "The diligent efforts of Capitol Grounds are evident to all who work at and visit the Capitol campus...

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2017 Phelps School Award

February 09, 2017

AOC architect Eugene Poole teaches a class on "The Five Orders of Architecture" to students at Phelps High School.
Eugene Poole, an architect Planning and Project Management (PPM) at Architect of the Capitol (AOC), was the keynote speaker at the Phelps Academy of Engineering 2017 Winter Celebration and was presented an award for his unwavering support of the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School Mentorship Program. Poole, who has volunteered and coordinated the AOC presentations every year since 2009, has taught the Five Orders of Architecture, judged the Career Day Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Fair, represented Engineering day, provided mentorship for the "...

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2016 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Results

December 15, 2016

Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees reported very favorable perceptions about working at the AOC. In a federal employee survey about workplace engagement, the AOC scored favorably in 95 percent of questions, and higher than the federal government average on 85 percent of questions. Every other year, the AOC conducts the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) to measure employees' perceptions of whether, and to what extent, conditions characterizing successful organizations are present at the AOC. In 2016, the AOC scored highly favorable in 70 percent of questions and favorable in 25...

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Before & After: Grant Memorial

December 06, 2016

Restored Bronze of the Grant Memorial
Since 2015, the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial by Sculptor Henry Merwin Shrady has been hidden behind scaffolding, but recently, that has changed. The bronze conservation effort has come to a close, and now an astonishingly vibrant, emotional and detailed sculpture is revealed. The Architect of the Capitol Photography Branch has documented each step of the restoration process. Check out the before and after pictures on Flickr.

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Performance and Accountability Report for FY 2016 is Now Available

December 02, 2016

Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 is now available online. The PAR provides an overview of the agency's collective financial and operational accomplishments to help Congress and the American people assess our stewardship of the public resources entrusted to us. Through the talent and hard work of our dedicated employees, the AOC realized a number of key accomplishments during FY 2016. Major achievements described in the report include the completion of the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome and the initiation of the...

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Capitol Dome Successfully Restored

November 15, 2016

The restored Capitol Dome.
This morning, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, announced that the first comprehensive restoration of the Capitol Dome in more than half a century is complete.  "The Dome was in dire need of repair and with the help and leadership of Congress, we repaired more than 1,300 cracks and deficiencies in the cast iron. We repaired or recast intricate ornaments, gutters and balustrades. The team used both innovative technology and historical tradecrafts to repair the Dome. Our work revealed and preserved exquisite craftsmanship that went into the construction of the Dome. We...

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