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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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Stephen T. Ayers Confirmed by United States Senate to Serve as 11th Architect of the Capitol

May 12, 2010

Portrait of Stephen T. Ayers Confirmed by United States Senate to Serve as 11th Architect of the Capitol
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 and...

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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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