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Cool Tools: A Tuning Fork?

By sarah.davis | March 10, 2016
… behind the scenes cool tools tuning fork the temperature cooled down this winter asked architect the capitol aoc employees join hot and friendly competition aoc cool tools and share the cool tools they use get … the temperature cooled …
As the temperature cooled down this winter, we asked Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employees to join a hot (and friendly) competition – AOC Cool Tools – and share the cool tools they use to get their jobs done. Every employee, in every job we do, uses tools, from a crane that lifts heavy loads to
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Cool Tools: On the Cutting Edge

By sarah.davis | June 17, 2016
… behind the scenes cool tools the cutting edge every one the architect the capitol every job … are unique historic and essential our mission other words they are cool tools asked employees submit their coolest tool and this feature …
Every one of us at the Architect of the Capitol, in every job we do, uses tools to serve, preserve and inspire. Many of the tools we use here are unique, historic and essential to our mission—in other words, they are cool tools! We asked employees to submit their coolest tool, and this feature
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Cool Tools: The Ditch Witch

By sarah.davis | March 1, 2018
… equipment the ditch witch sk600 mini skid steer behind the scenes cool tools the ditch witch well before winter the architect the capitol aoc … the words dennis not how fast you plow how well you plow fast … cool tools the ditch witch …
Well before winter, the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) prepares snow equipment, procures rock salt and ice melt supplies, and reviews the emergency and essential personnel snow response plans. And with good reason. Clearing snow around the Capitol complex in January 2018. The AOC is responsible for
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Cool Tools: Squaring Off With History

By sarah.davis | December 1, 2016
… russell jones the aoc construction division demonstrates cool tool for applying grout the olmsted wall behind the scenes cool tools squaring off with history many the tools use around the …
Many of the tools we use around the Capitol campus are unique, historic and essential to our mission — in other words, they are cool tools! We asked employees to tell us about their coolest tools, and this feature represents our latest find. In 1873, Congress commissioned Frederick Law Olmsted to
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Cool Tools: Capitol Materials Cart

By sarah.davis | June 5, 2019
… materials cart being shown visitors emancipation hall programs events cool tools capitol materials cart the new capitol materials cart program … than could have ever hoped for they look spectacular said martin … cool tools capitol materials cart …
The new U.S. Capitol Materials Cart Program showcases a variety of AOC trades, including masonry, sheet metal, paint and wood-crafting.
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Cool Tools: Plasma Cutting Machine, a Matter of Precision

By sarah.davis | March 10, 2020
… seconds the architect the capitol sheet metal shop behind the scenes cool tools plasma cutting machine matter precision generates temperatures … our work the architect the capitol aoc and this latest example aoc cool tool ranks among the hottest and fastest tools use generates …
It generates temperatures of 35,000 degrees Fahrenheit or more and accelerates to nearly the speed of sound.
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Keeping Your Cool at the Capitol

By sarah.davis | July 6, 2016
… behind the scenes keeping your cool the capitol average july the hottest month washington excessive … someone exhibiting these signs have the individual immediately rest cool shaded air conditioned area and have the person slowly drink water … capitol office safety fire and environmental programs … keeping your cool the capitol …
On average, July is the hottest month in Washington, D.C. Excessive heat can lead to sunburn, cramps, heat exhaustion and heat stroke. If you live on, work or visit Capitol Hill, stay alert for signs that you, a colleague or a loved one is too hot. Visitors shade themselves from the summer sun with
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Cool Cannon Construction Finds

By sarah.davis | January 3, 2019
… the renewal the cannon house office building history discoveries cool cannon construction finds during the process renewing the cannon … sites was common for workers the early 1900s wear felt bowler hats … cool cannon construction finds …
During the process of renewing the Cannon House Office Building, workers have found hidden treasures that had been lost or discarded by the laborers who constructed the building more than 100 years ago. Here's a small sampling of what has been discovered since the start of the Cannon Renewal project
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A Toadally Cool Object In Exhibition Hall

By sarah.davis | November 4, 2013
… programs events toadally cool object exhibition hall capitol visitor center registrar karin … the displays for more information wwwvisitthecapitolgov … toadally cool object exhibition hall …
Capitol Visitor Center Registrar Karin Johnston, takes an in depth look at one of her favorite artifacts currently on display in the Exhibition Hall exhibit, “Conflict and Compromise.” As the Capitol Visitor Center’s Registrar, I’m not supposed to have favorites among the objects on display in

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Capitol Power Plant

By aoc_admin | June 9, 2020
… expansion congressional offices and corresponding increase heating and cooling demands the capitol … december 1910 the plant started … expansion congressional offices and corresponding increase heating and cooling demands the capitol the capitol power plant was authorized 1904 … the capitol power plant provides steam and chilled water used heat and cool buildings throughout the capitol campus … capitol power plant …
The Capitol Power Plant provides steam and chilled water used to heat and cool buildings throughout the U.S. Capitol campus.
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Two Thumbs Up for Taking the Edge Off

By sarah.davis | August 9, 2017
… little tool reduces injuries saving hands which why give two thumbs cool tool … two thumbs for taking the edge off …
Although most of the buildings under the Architect of the Capitol's (AOC) care are historic, their continuing use requires them to be updated to meet the needs of Congress, the Supreme Court and millions of visitors. Installing electric lights, air conditioning, and cell phone and Wi-Fi stations
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Fall 2018 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

By sarah.davis | November 19, 2018
… workforce reclaiming ordinary day feature revealing tiled treasure cool cannon construction finds cool tool rigid seektech sr60 locator download the full fall 2018 issue …
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Architect's Notebook: One of My Favorite Things Project Update: Capitol Power Plant Empowered Workforce: Reclaiming an Ordinary Day Feature: Revealing a Tiled
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Winter 2020 Issue of Tholos Magazine Now Available

By sarah.davis | March 16, 2020
… report statistics feature charles witt founding farmer life service cool tools plasma cutting machine matter precision project update capitol …
The latest edition of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) employee magazine, Tholos, is now available. Highlights include the articles below. Before & After: Exterior Bronze Lettering Restoration on the Senate Office Buildings By the Numbers: Performance and Accountability Report Statistics Feature
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A Century of Service

By lotaylor | December 15, 2010
… plant marks 100 years steady service steam and chilled water heat and cool the capitol … this year the capitol power plant marks 100 years steady service steam and chilled water heat and cool the capitol that century service the plant has undergone … aoc had expanded the west refrigeration plant reliably meet the future cooling requirements the capitol this was necessary meet the increased …
This year, the Capitol Power Plant marks 100 years of steady service of steam and chilled water to heat and cool the Capitol. In that century of service, the plant has undergone significant changes as new buildings were built, and more modern and efficient equipment was installed. What hasn’t
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The Library's HVAC Aces

By sarah.davis | July 1, 2016
… conditioning shop for library buildings and grounds spectrum parts and tools from very small pieces 150 horsepower motor that weighs … wilson work leader access the equipment itself like heating and cooling valves humidifiers vacuum systems and exhaust fans can found unique places for example the mechanical space for the coolidge auditorium the top tall spiral staircase hvac employees climb …
Just below the main floor of the Thomas Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress, the cellar level is home to the Architect of the Capitol's Air Conditioning (AC) Shop for Library Buildings and Grounds. A spectrum of parts and tools — from very small pieces to a 150 horsepower motor that weighs
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Expert Metalwork Revealed in Restoration of the U.S. Capitol Dome

By sarah.davis | April 10, 2015
… into the mold this something that quite dramatic witness once the mold cool the hardened sand mold chipped away and new ornament revealed the …
Restoring the U.S. Capitol Dome is a massive project. It's exciting to uncover the artistry of a long-gone era and to see elements of the Dome that have not been seen for decades. More than 1,300 cracks in the nearly nine million pound cast iron Dome are being repaired by experts working day and
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Capitol Power Plant: A Century of Service

By sarah.davis | December 5, 2010
… plant marks 100 years steady service steam and chilled water heat and cool the capitol … this year the capitol power plant marks 100 years steady service steam and chilled water heat and cool the capitol that century service the plant has undergone … aoc had expanded the west refrigeration plant reliably meet the future cooling requirements the capitol this was necessary meet the increased …
This year, the Capitol Power Plant marks 100 years of steady service of steam and chilled water to heat and cool the Capitol. In that century of service, the plant has undergone significant changes as new buildings were built, and more modern and efficient equipment was installed. What hasn't

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Summer at the U.S. Capitol

By aoc_admin | June 20, 2020
… aoc are not designed for humans recreate several crowdpleasing pools cool are located near the … what can visitors see and summer fountains … aoc are not designed for humans recreate several crowdpleasing pools cool are located near the capitol including the capitol reflecting pool …
What can visitors see and do in summer? Fountains Although the water features maintained by the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) are not designed for humans to recreate in, several crowd-pleasing pools of cool are located near the U.S. Capitol including the Capitol Reflecting Pool, Senate Park
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Help Plants Beat the Heat

By sarah.davis | July 27, 2016
… for example famously lies the dividing line for successfully growing cool climate lilacs best the north and west town and crepe myrtles the … system and map when you ready find plants native your area these two tools can help you find native plants your zip code wildflowerorg … mulch prevents weeds slows water loss from the soil and keeps roots cooler don pile mulch right tree trunks perennial base though they need …
The heat of summer can be tough on plants. But you can use a few tips from the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) to plan, plant and care for a great garden through the long summer days. Before planting your garden do your research. Washington, D.C., for example, famously lies on the dividing line
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Looking Ahead for Talent — Finding the Next Win

By erin.courtney | March 19, 2018
… buggie better understand the parts and services required heating and cooling systems behind the scenes looking ahead for talent finding the … for procuring replacement parts and services for the house heating and cooling systems perhaps venturella would have had higher expectations …
"This program far exceeded what I expected," said Supply Management Officer Paul Venturella. He was speaking of the pilot program to have college students earn class credit while applying their specialized knowledge and skills to advance the work of the Architect of the Capitol (AOC). The first
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One Team, One Energy Reduction Mission

By sarah.davis | June 2, 2016
… components our infrastructure and building upgrades provided new tools improve our energy use decisionmaking and efficiency and our … modifying the existing system rayburn house office building into quot cool roof quot the rayburn house office building needed new roof and 2011 the aoc took the opportunity make the new roof cool roof cool roofing system helps reduce the amount cooling needed …
The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) achieved an extraordinary goal at the end of Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 — successfully meeting the mandate to reduce energy consumption more than 30 percent from our 2003 baseline. This 30 percent reduction is a major accomplishment on its own. But it's even more

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John Gorrie

By sarah.davis | January 6, 2012
… and sleeping under mosquito netting prevent disease also advocated the cooling sickrooms reduce fever and make the patient more comfortable for this cooled rooms with ice basin suspended from the ceiling cool air being heavier flowed down across the patient and though …
This statue of John Gorrie was given to the National Statuary Hall Collection by Florida in 1914. A physician, scientist, inventor and humanitarian, Gorrie is considered the father of refrigeration and air-conditioning.
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AOC Project Wins National CMAA Award

By lotaylor | October 17, 2008
… the aoc expanded the west refrigeration plant reliably meet the future cooling requirements the capitol complex this was necessary due the … power plant load increasing the demands for steam and chilled water cool the buildings the early 1950s the power plant eliminated …
The annual Construction Management Project Achievement Awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the practice of construction management. The West Refrigeration Plant Expansion Project was recognized as "Best Infrastructure Project with Constructed Value Less Than $100 million." "It is
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Updated Children's Garden opens at U.S. Botanic Garden

By sarah.davis | June 13, 2017
… metal and wood walls provides children space dig with childsized tools and learn about composting dandelion sculptures metal sculptures … misting poles watering and planting stations with digging tools and watering cans and smallsized fruiting plants such banana …
The United States Botanic Garden announces the reopening of the Children's Garden in the Conservatory. Families can enjoy the updated space, where children can explore and grow their imaginations. The garden features multiple updates including: a new platform discovery structure — a series of
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Good News for Sustainable Landscapes

By sarah.davis | June 10, 2015
Sustainable landscaping program SITES, developed by United States Botanic Garden (USBG) and partners, was launched today by Green Business Certification Inc (GBCI). SITES is the most comprehensive program and toolkit for developing sustainable landscapes. Its rating system can be applied to
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Calm and Collected Waters

By sarah.davis | June 20, 2018
… washington getting warmer while water features the capitol campus look cool and refreshing they aren designed for humans play these small …
Summer officially starts this week and the weather in Washington, D.C., is getting warmer. While water features on the U.S. Capitol campus look cool and refreshing, they aren't designed for humans to play in. These small areas of urban "blue space" may provide other benefits though, including mental

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Frederick Law Olmsted

By aoc_admin | June 9, 2020
… summerhouse his design provide visitors with drinking fountain and cool place rest the most ambitious aspect the plan was new marble …
Regarded as the founder of American landscape architecture, Frederick Law Olmsted (1822–1903) is best known for designing the grounds of New York City's Central Park, the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago
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A Cornerstone of American History

By sarah.davis | March 18, 2013
Walk in the footsteps of the masons and laborers who worked the quarry at Government Island in Aquia, Virginia, to gather stone for the U.S. Capitol more than 200 years ago. On a cold March day, I decided to take a field trip back in time to a place where you can run your hands along history, and
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Rising to the Challenge: Elevator Mechanic Challenges Students

By sarah.davis | January 27, 2016
… they get the chance examine and repair elevator using diagnostic tools newlyaquired knowledge and critical thinking addition sharing his …
For the past six years, Paul Miller, Elevator Mechanic Supervisor, has called on his experience with elevators at the Architect of the Capitol (AOC) to create an elevator training program for freshmen at the Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School (Phelps). It's one way Miller
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High-Voltage Team Powers the Powerful

By sarah.davis | July 26, 2017
… discovered making possible advances communications conveyance and cooling one could say that the first text message ever sent emanated … the 1930s the capitol power plant started supplying chilled water cool buildings the capitol campus while the power plant longer generates electricity continues provide chilled water and steam cool and heat 23 facilities including the capitol the library congress …
In the 1800s… The Senate employed one horse and one wagon to carry all of its mail. Pages maintained the candles lighting members' desks during night sessions. House roll call votes performed by hand averaged 45 minutes. In 2017... More than 1 million emails were sent to senators — in one month from