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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.
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Nitrate vault at the Library of Congress Packard Campus
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) is responsible for managing all of the...

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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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2015 Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting

October 28, 2015

The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree will be lit by the Speaker of the House on Wednesday, December 2, 2015, during a ceremony on the Capitol's West Front beginning at 5 p.m. Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP, will serve as master of ceremonies. This year's tree was selected from the Chugach National Forest in Alaska. The 74' Lutz spruce is the first Capitol Christmas Tree to come from Alaska and will make a 4,000-mile expedition by land and by sea from Alaska to the Seattle area before it is driven to Washington, D.C. The tree was harvested October 27 and will make stops...

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Hart Building Interior Scaffold Removal

October 26, 2015

In support of demobilizing the Hart Roof and Skylight replacement project, the temporary protective netting and scaffold above the north and south atriums of the Hart Building will be removed. This work will occur nightly between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m. in the following areas: South Atrium: October 26 through October 31 North Atrium: November 2 through November 7 During the disassembly of the scaffold, the area on the first floor of the Hart atrium directly below the overhead scaffold will be isolated and a pedestrian path will be provided so occupants can travel along the entire atrium....

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NSO Labor Day Capitol Concert 2015 Information

September 04, 2015

 The following press release is via the United States Capitol Police. WASHINGTON, DC –The Labor Day Capitol Concert will take place on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol on Sunday, September 6, 2015 at 8:00 p.m. The National Symphony Orchestra will be performing. The concert dress rehearsal for this event is on Sunday, September 6 from 3:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Gates will open to the public at 3:00 p.m. The dress rehearsal and concert are free to the public, and no tickets are required. Public Access, Mobility Impaired Info and Traveling Tips The general public can access the West Lawn of the...

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