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First Nail Ceremony Commences Inauguration Construction

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Today, Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, joined members of the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies to drive in the "First Nail" marking the beginning of construction of the 2017 Presidential Inaugural platform.

Ayers opened the event by saying, "The Architect of the Capitol has supported Presidential Inaugurations for more than 150 years to make the event more accessible to the public. One of the strengths of our republic is this peaceful transition of power. And it happens right here in the shadow of America's symbol of democracy, the Capitol Dome. We are proud to once again be part of this historic event."

Every four years, the Architect of the Capitol constructs the Inaugural platform, sets up the necessary seating and fencing, places over 30,000 chairs on the Grounds, procures the sound system and other support systems, installs the flags and buntings, and coordinates many other activities with the Joint Congressional Committee on the Inaugural Ceremonies.

For more information on the 2017 Presidential Inaugural ceremony, visit www.inaugural.senate.gov.