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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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The 2015 series of concerts will be inaugurated by the Navy Band on Monday, June 1.

All concerts will commence at 8:00 p.m. and are held on the U.S. Capitol West Front Steps (National Mall side) — weather permitting*. Set-up will begin at 4:00 p.m.

Lawn chairs are allowed to be placed on the stone terrace in front of the band on the West Side of the Capitol and... 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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Planned work by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) this coming weekend includes:

  • Saturday evening, August 15, the AOC is performing maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol... 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.

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The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, during a ceremony on the Capitol's West Front beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies.

This year's... More »

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During the Cannon Renewal construction, there was a potential release of asbestos that may have affected the Cannon Building.

The Architect of the Capitol continues to investigate and will provide updates when available.... 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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