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The Architect of the Capitol’s challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic buildings; adapting state-of-the-art technology; and increasing responsiveness to environmental, security and safety considerations in a rich historical setting.
The Architect of the Capitol's challenge is unique – maintaining aging, iconic...


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Come explore the wonderful world of wheat during this joint program between the...

News & Notices

Longworth Cafeteria

January 16, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Longworth House Office Building.
During the Longworth House Office Building's cafeteria renovation work, there was a potential release of lead paint dust in the kitchen area. The area that was initially impacted was not being used for food preparation. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) continues to investigate and will have another update when the cafeteria reopens. Thank you for your continued patience. We take the health and safety of the Capitol Hill community very seriously. If you would like more information regarding the possible health effects of lead in general, please see visit the Agency for Toxic Substances...

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2016 State of the Union Address Information

January 11, 2016

2012 State of the Union Address.
The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address On Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 9:00 p.m., the President will deliver the State of the Union address before a Joint Session of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building. The United States Capitol Police and its law enforcement partners will provide security and traffic control for this event. We appreciate the assistance of our law enforcement partners, event support personnel, and the community in working with us to manage this significant event. Due to road closures, we...

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Industry Day on February 8

January 08, 2016

Photo of the exterior of the Rayburn House Office Building.
Please note this event was originally scheduled for January 25, 2016, but rescheduled due to inclement weather. The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is hosting an Industry Day on Monday, February 8, 2016, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center in the North Congressional Meeting Room. This event is for the upcoming rehabilitation of the Rayburn House Office Building garage, which is a five story, below grade, interior structure.  The industry day is free and open any business interested in subcontracting opportunities, however, advance reservation is requested. Please e-mail ...

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A Welcoming Morning at the U.S. Botanic Garden

December 17, 2015

Participants enjoying the morning in the USBG train exhibit.
The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is a living plant museum that informs visitors about the importance, and often irreplaceable value, of plants to the earth's fragile ecosystems. To ensure access to the broadest possible audience, the USBG recently hosted its first Morning at the Museum program. This program provides museum access for individuals with cognitive and sensory-processing disabilities by providing pre-visit preparation materials, a calmer visitation period for registered participants and a welcoming quiet "take-a-break" space. Staff and volunteers from the USBG, the Office...

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2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Will Shine Tonight

December 02, 2015

2013 Capitol Christmas Tree
The 2015 U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit during a ceremony held today, Wednesday, December 2, at 5 p.m. on the Capitol's West Front Lawn. The ceremony is open to the public and no tickets are required. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as the master of ceremonies. The Honorable Paul D. Ryan, Speaker of the House, will flip the switch to light the tree for the first time at dusk. This year's tree is a Lutz spruce selected from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. It was harvested on October 27, 2015, and after traveling thousands of miles across the...

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AOC Releases FY 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

November 30, 2015

FY 2015 Par Cover Image
The Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Performance and Accountability Report (PAR) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 is now available. The FY 2015 PAR provides AOC's financial and performance information for the period beginning on October 1, 2014, and ending on September 30, 2015. The report provides candid insight into AOC's operations and accomplishments for the fiscal year and the challenges the organization faces. 2015 Highlights 2015 Full Report PDF "We believe that there is no greater mission than upholding the historic buildings entrusted to our care, and we look forward to continuing to serve...

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