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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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White House Nominates Stephen T. Ayers to be Architect of the Capitol

February 24, 2010

President Obama today officially nominated Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, to be the next Architect of the Capitol. Mr. Ayers has served as Acting Architect, heading up the 2,600-person Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC), since February 2007. “This is a tremendous honor. It has been a privilege to lead the AOC organization and work with such a professional workforce dedicated to serving the Congress and the American people by maintaining and preserving the U.S. Capitol complex,” said Ayers. “I appreciate the trust the Congress and the Leadership has placed in me, and I thank...

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AOC Establishes Small Business Programs

August 11, 2009

Under Mr. Ayers’ leadership, the AOC has implemented several programs to actively award contracts to companies that reflect the diversity of our country above and beyond the standard requirements of Federal regulations. Specifically, the AOC is a Legislative Branch agency, and therefore, is not required to utilize small business programs under the Small Business Act, 15 USC §631 et seq., which is under the authority of the Small Business Administration (SBA). The MOU, while preserving the separation of powers between the Legislative and Executive branches, establishes the support activities,...

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AOC Enters into Public-Private Contract to Save Energy on Capitol Hill

July 31, 2009

Acting Architect of the Capitol, Stephen T. Ayers, AIA, LEED AP, announced today that the Office of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has entered into a partnership with NORESCO, LLC, for an Energy Savings Performance Contract in the House Office Buildings. The project includes nearly $34 million in facility infrastructure upgrades in the Rayburn, Longworth, Cannon, and Ford House Office Buildings, as well as the House Page Dormitory. Highlights of this project include: Upgrading nearly 33,000 fixtures in all buildings with energy-efficient, state-of-the-art lighting controls in selected...

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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

USBG receives accreditation
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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