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Here at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), our challenge is unique – we must maintain aging, iconic buildings while adapting to state-of-the-art technology and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations.

On this 45th anniversary of Earth Day, the AOC is proud to announce the advancement of a continued focus to strengthen a culture of sustainability... More »

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April 27 is the 193rd anniversary of the birth of Ulysses S. Grant, and coincidentally it marks the beginning of conservation efforts to restore the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial to its original glory. The Memorial is the largest statuary group in Washington, D.C., and the sculpture of Grant is among the... More »

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Sustainable landscaping program SITES, developed by United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and partners, was launched today by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. Its rating system can be applied to development projects located on sites... More »

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The Statue of Freedom — one of the most visible, symbolic and treasured pieces of art at the Capitol — will undergo its regular maintenance this September.

Since its full restoration in 1993, the Statue of Freedom has been washed, caulked, and epoxied and had its protective coating renewed every two to five years, most recently... More »

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In support of demobilizing the Hart Roof and Skylight replacement project, the temporary protective netting and scaffold above the north and south atriums of the Hart Building will be removed.

This work... More »

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This morning the Capitol Christmas tree arrived on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol.

The tree is an annual symbol of hope and celebration, so it is fitting that a truck driver who bears a striking resemblance to Old St. Nick, with a full white beard and smiling eyes, delivered it to the Capitol.

"I am honored to accept this year's Capitol... More »

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From November 23 through March 2016, the Architect of the Capitol will be performing plaster repair work in the southeast stairwell of the Russell Building. This effort will require the installation of scaffold within the stairwell.

Scaffold assembly will begin on Monday, November 23... More »

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Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers joined Representative French Hill, Harriet Mayor Fulbright and Father Patrick J. Conroy to dedicate a tree in honor of the 70th anniversary of the Fulbright Program.

"This tree celebrates a unique program, established by the now-late J. William Fulbright, to... More »

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Christine Merdon, Chief Operating Officer for the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), welcomed Ireland's Taioseach Enda Kenny, Ireland's Ambassador to the United States Anne Anderson, senior congressional leaders and members of Congress, House Chaplain Father Patrick J. Conroy and Donegal native Father Brendan McBride to the U.S. Capitol Grounds for a tree dedication... More »

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The Dome and Rotunda restoration projects mark important milestones in our ongoing efforts to preserve our infrastructure, enhance the beauty of our historic buildings and improve safety and security for all employees and visitors.

We are pleased to report that work to restore the U.S. Capitol Rotunda is in the final... More »

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