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Put the Rotunda in Your Pocket

July 31, 2015

​Knowing that the U.S. Capitol Rotunda would be closed to visitors between July 27 and September 7 to prepare for restoration, the Capitol Visitor Center began in January to develop a Rotunda app that allows visitors to:​ Take a virtual tour of the Rotunda with the help of 360-degree imaging Learn about each of the sculptures and paintings in the Rotunda Explore up close the fresco painting on the Rotunda ceiling Learn about the types of ceremonies that occur in the Rotunda Discover how the Rotunda was used as a hospital Find out about the Capitol Dome Restoration Project …and much...

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Kennedy Center & U.S. Botanic Garden Collaboration

July 20, 2015

(WASHINGTON)—The Kennedy Center and the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) collaborate for the first time on two unique and inventive world premiere productions, The Cerulean Time Capsule and Flowers Stink, to be performed at the U.S. Botanic Garden in September and October, 2015. The U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum filled with beautiful, inspiring plants as well as engaging exhibits. Part of the Kennedy Center's Theater for Young Audiences 2015-2016 season and presented by the U. S. Botanic Garden, both productions are most appropriate for patrons ages seven and up. "Through this...

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Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

June 10, 2015

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 with or without buildings—ranging from national parks to corporate campuses, streetscapes and homes, and much more. SITES was developed through a collaborative, interdisciplinary effort of the American Society of Landscape Architects, The Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower...

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Ulysses S. Grant Memorial Restoration to Begin

April 27, 2015

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 largest equestrian statues in the world. The care of the Grant Memorial was transferred to the Architect of the Capitol in late 2011. Weather and time have not been kind, and upon transfer, the AOC addressed immediate safety issues and repaired the most visibly deteriorated conditions throughout...

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Saving Energy at the AOC

April 17, 2015

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 across Capitol Hill. Ten years ago the AOC received a congressional mandate to reduce our energy 30 percent by the end of FY 2015. Today we have significant progress to report, through March our energy...

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U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda Restoration

December 22, 2014

WASHINGTON — H.R. 83, the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act 2015, enacted this week, funds the Architect of the Capitol through September 30, 2015. Included within this funding is $21.2 million for the restoration of the U.S. Capitol Building Rotunda. The Rotunda is among the most recognizable and hallowed spaces within all of America’s public buildings. The Rotunda is used for important ceremonial events, such as the lying in state of eminent citizens, the awarding of Congressional Gold Medals and the dedication of works of art. Due to the extensive exterior damage on...

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