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AOC Releases FY 2015 Performance and Accountability Report

November 30, 2015

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...

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Repair of Southeast Stairwell in Russell Building

November 23, 2015

From November 23 through March 2016, the Architect of the Capitol will be performing plaster repair work in the southeast stairwell of the Russell Building. This effort will require the installation of scaffold within the stairwell. Scaffold assembly will begin on Monday, November 23, and last through Friday, December 11. During this period, the southeast stairwell, which serves all floors, will close each night at 8:00 p.m., and will reopen each morning after 5:00 a.m. All levels of the stairwell will remain accessible through covered walkways under the scaffolding, built for the safety of...

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Capitol Christmas Tree Arrives: From Alaska with Love

November 20, 2015

This morning the Capitol Christmas tree arrived on the West Front Lawn of the U.S. Capitol. The tree is an annual symbol of hope and celebration, so it is fitting that a truck driver who bears a striking resemblance to Old St. Nick, with a full white beard and smiling eyes, delivered it to the Capitol. "I am honored to accept this year's Capitol Christmas tree on behalf of the U.S. Congress. I'd like to thank the U.S. Forest Service and the Alaska Congressional delegation for their support, those who helped get this beautiful tree to Washington, D.C., and the children, artists and community...

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Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Packard Campus

November 19, 2015

The Library of Congress' Packard Campus for Audio Visual Conservation facility (Packard Campus) located in Culpeper, Virginia, recently received the Virginia Water Environment Association's (VWEA) Gold Environmental Excellence Award for Industrial Waste and Pretreatment. Tim Minner, Engineer for the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) Library Buildings and Grounds, accepted the award from VWEA on behalf of the AOC. The award, which honors demonstrated dedication to pollution prevention, waste elimination or reduction and one year of permit compliance with pretreatment permit conditions, is a...

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Incident in the Cannon Building

October 31, 2015

During the Cannon Renewal construction, there was a potential release of asbestos that may have affected the Cannon Building. The Architect of the Capitol continues to investigate and will provide updates when available. Updates Most recent update appears first. Saturday, October 31, 2015 11:18 p.m. — The Cannon House Office Building has been reopened. Engineers and certified industrial hygienists assessed the situation and an independent, accredited lab performed a rigorous air sampling analysis. The building is safe to reopen; air sample results were well below the regulatory limit for...

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Hart Solar Panel System Celebrated

October 29, 2015

The recently dedicated Hart Senate Office Building solar panel system is one of the largest federal systems in the Washington, D.C. area. The system furthers the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) commitment to sustainable and cost-efficient energy reduction measures. "We work to embrace technologies that create sustainable and cost-efficient energy reduction measures while maintaining the historic integrity of our buildings," said Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, who joined United States Senate and AOC staff on the roof of the Hart Senate Office Building to celebrate the completion...

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