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Photograph of people walking outside on a Self-Guided Tour of Capitol Hill
Visitors can tour many highlights on Capitol Hill without registering.

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Abraham Lincoln's second inaugural at the U.S. Capitol
AOC Public Affairs Officer Matt Guilfoyle watches "Lincoln" and...

Projects

View of the Capitol Power Plant from House parks.

Status: Planned

Building: Capitol Power Plant

At the Capitol Power Plant we are planning for the future. Through rigorous analysis of various energy technologies and broad consultation with leading experts, we have explored options for achieving future energy savings, reducing environmental impacts and maintaining a reliable source of chilled water and steam for the 23 facilities on Capitol Hill we serve, including the U.S. Capitol, the Library of Congress and the Supreme Court of the United States. We have identified cogeneration as the preferred solution for our energy future.

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Photo of sidewalk on Capitol Campus.

Status: Completed

Building: Capitol Campus

The Architect of the Capitol continues to improve the accessible pathway for the Capitol campus.

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Status: Completed

Preparations are underway, near 2nd St and Washington Ave SW, for the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial (www.avdlm.org). Memorial construction in and around the footprint of the site (from the southwest of Washington Avenue and northeast of 2nd Street SW) will continue through the fall of 2014. Minor street and lane closures will occur as construction work continues. Pedestrians traveling between the Rayburn and Ford House Office Buildings should use the route below. This route will remain in place for the... More »



East Front Plaza Repairs

Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

AOC is making repairs to expansion joints on the East Front Plaza of the Capitol near the plaza entrance at First St. and East Capitol. The work is expected to be complete by July 2014.

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The Capitol at night.

Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

On Friday evening, August 22, 2014, the Architect of the Capitol is performing planned maintenance to electrical systems in the Capitol Building. During this work, brief outages of the lights on the Capitol Dome may occur. This work is not related to the Capitol Dome Restoration Project.

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Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

The main entrance and exit doors to the Capitol Visitor Center will be replaced with doors that will be lighter and easier to open for visitors. The installations are scheduled in phases to minimize inconvenience to staff and visitors. During each phase of construction the doors being replaced will be inaccessible, but the remaining entrance and exit doors will be available for use. Temporary barriers will be erected to maintain building security and protect visitors. This project is scheduled to be completed by Inauguration 2017.

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Capitol Windows

Status: Completed

Building: United States Capitol

Repairs to the exterior side of the Capitol Building windows located on the House side will be performed between September 2, 2014 through mid-November 2014. The repairs are focused on the exterior side of the windows and some minor work on the interior side will take place during non-operational hours to avoid disruptions to the space occupants. A scaffold system will be used to reach each window and perform the repairs. Once the repairs to a block of windows have been completed, the scaffold towers will be relocated to the next set of windows requiring a similar access to complete the... More »




Generator Progress May 2014

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Library of Congress

Work is underway at the northwest corner of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to replace the existing emergency generator with one that provides more than twice the power.

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Work Photography of a Worker repairing the Hart Roof at sunset.

Status: Completed

Building: Senate Office Buildings

In December 2014, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) began replacing the roof and 180 skylights and upgrading the fall protection system on the Hart Senate Office Building. The roof and skylights, which were installed in 1982, had reached the end of their useful life and, over time, had allowed water infiltration which caused building damage.

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John Adams Building Monumental Door

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Library of Congress

AOC is replacing the original, historic bronze doors of the Library of Congress John Adams Building to be compliant with fire, security and ADA codes. The new door design incorporates cast glass panels mounted within a bronze framework that reference the artistic heritage of the original doors by recreating the original, historic bronze reliefs in kiln-cast glass. The kiln-formed sculptural glass was made from molds taken off the original door sculptures.

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