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Under Grounds: The E Street Garage Band

August 15, 2010

The AOC Capitol Grounds Maintenance Division
Blooming cherry trees, tulips, magnificent oaks and magnolias—these are the images conjured when thinking of the Capitol Grounds. However, there is another side to the Capitol Grounds, one that looks a little different—but is just as beautiful—especially if you like big jobs, big trucks and digging in the dirt. This is a place where you’re unlikely to see many butterflies or a lot of pastel colors—this is a place where words like compacting, blades, grading, grinding and power take precedence.   “I love operating equipment,” says Frank Long, 23-year veteran of the AOC. “Especially the backhoe...

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Ayers Confirmed as 11th Architect of the Capitol by U.S. Senate

May 12, 2010

On May 12, 2010, the United States Senate, by unanimous consent, confirmed Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, to be the 11th Architect of the Capitol. "It is a wonderful honor and privilege to have been confirmed last night by the United States Senate to be Architect of the Capitol. I appreciate the trust the Congress has placed in me, and for the support it has given our organization, and I thank President Obama for nominating me. "I am extremely proud to have been selected to lead the AOC team. Our many accomplishments and successes have truly been a team effort. I look forward to the work...

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Dome Keepers

March 13, 2010

AOC employees patch the roof of the U.S. Capitol
  The iconic “Walter dome” atop the Capitol is recognized around the world as a symbol of American strength and freedom. During its construction from 1855 to 1866, perhaps the greatest threat to the dome was the outbreak of the Civil War. To protect the capital city, a garrison of Union soldiers was stationed within the Capitol.   Since that time nearly 150 years ago, while the Union was restored, multiple forces have been unrelenting in their attack on the Capitol—time, weather, and nature.   Today, a small unit of men has the task of protecting and preserving this most important American...

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AOC Installs New Bike Racks at the Capitol

May 12, 2009

Bike Racks on the Capitol Grounds
The Office of the Architect of the Capitol has installed new bicycle racks on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol to accommodate visitors and staff who prefer riding their bikes to driving. “As stewards of the Capitol complex, we work to accommodate everyone, and to make their visitor experience at the U.S. Capitol a very enjoyable one,” said Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, Acting Architect of the Capitol. “That includes providing the appropriate racks for those who prefer to ride their bikes when visiting the Capitol.” The new racks accommodate about 40 bikes, and are located near the...

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U.S. Botanic Garden Awarded Accreditation from the American Association of Museums

December 19, 2008

WASHINGTON – The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) has achieved accreditation from the American Association of Museums (AAM), the highest national recognition for a museum. Of the nation’s nearly 17,500 museums about 775 are currently accredited. Notably, of several hundred public gardens in North America, the U.S. Botanic Garden is one of only 19 that have been awarded accreditation. AAM accreditation brings national recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, high professional standards, and continued institutional improvement. Developed and sustained by...

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AOC Project Wins National CMAA Award

October 17, 2008

The annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management. The West Refrigeration Plant Expansion Project was recognized as "Best Infrastructure Project with Constructed Value Less Than $100 million." "It is quite an honor to have this national recognition bestowed on this important AOe project," said Acting Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, AlA. "'The AOe team did an outstanding job on this critical project which will enable significant energy savings and increase capacity." The AOC expanded...

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