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Updated Children's Garden opens at U.S. Botanic Garden.

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Botanic Garden

The United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and Architect of the Capitol updated the Children's Garden in the USBG Conservatory. The Children's Garden is a favorite exploration space for families from around the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area and visitors with children from across the globe.

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Conservation of the Jefferson Building's Court of Neptune Fountain

Status: Completed

Building: U.S. Library of Congress

The Architect of the Capitol conserved the bronze sculptures of the Thomas Jefferson Building's Court of Neptune Fountain with a thorough cleaning to remove stains and mineral buildup caused by weathering and fountain water. Cleaning was followed by waxing to preserve the completed bronze luster. The AOC also cleaned the masonry, repairing and repainting the basin to restore the overall visual composition of the fountain.

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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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Olmsted Fountain

Status: Completed

Building: Capitol Grounds

Olmsted Fountains basins on the East Front Plaza will be cleaned this spring More »



Status: Completed

Building: House Office Buildings

A project to modernize the overhead utilities and install new life safety systems in the tunnel between the Rayburn House Office Building and the Capitol Building is expected to last through 2016. The work includes installing fire alarm, sprinkler systems, energy efficient lighting and a new ceiling above the pedestrian walkway.

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The Capitol Reflecting Pool is located at the eastern end of the National Mall in Washington, DC.

Status: Completed

Building: Capitol Grounds

Please be aware of the upcoming annual cleaning of the Capitol Reflecting Pool: November 3-8, 2014. More »



Overhead view of the Russell southeast stairwell, an open staircase serving all floors of the Russell Building.

Status: Completed

Building: Senate Office Buildings

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.

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Calder's Mountains and Clouds sculpture without the clouds portion.

Status: Completed

Building: Senate Office Buildings

The four clouds were lowered to the ground and fully assessed to ensure their structural integrity, including analysis against seismic design considerations.

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