Capitol Connection - July 2018

Capitol Connection

Capitol Connection

An Architect of the Capitol Newsletter

JULY 18, 2018

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"P" is for Professionalism

"P" is for Professionalism

The behaviors of AOC employees demonstrate our commitment to the “TIPPS” principles, where the first "P" is for Professionalism. Our employees strive to meet our core value of professionalism every day. We adhere to the highest standards of quality and competency for the work we do.

AOC All-Stars

Check Out Our All-Star Line Up!

This week, Major League Baseball honored its best players during the 2018 All-Star Game at Nationals Park here in Washington, D.C. At the Architect of the Capitol, we consider our team the very best fielded in the nation's capital. Year-round, our architects, engineers, mechanics, gardeners, visitor services employees, plumbers, carpenters, masons, painters and others help us accomplish our mission. We are highlighting members of our team and the facilities we operate on social media this month. We hope their service to preserve our nation's treasures will inspire you as much as they inspire us.

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July 21 - Yoga in the Garden

July 26 - American Roots Music Concert


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Calendar of U.S. Botanic Garden Programs

Calendar of Capitol Visitor Center Programs

Windows on the Longworth House Office Building

Scraping, Painting, Caulking

Our Construction Division is preserving the window panes of the Longworth House Office Building. The building, completed in 1933, requires more than 1,000 window panes to be scraped of paint, repainted and caulked to effectively maintain its historic appearance and integrity. Work was recently completed on the street-side windows and continues on the courtyard windows.

Construction Division employees resetting the large granite pavers to provide a level walking surface for visitors

Stone Preservation Continues at the Grant Memorial

With the restoration of the bronze statuary and upper plazas behind us, we have embarked upon the next phase of the Ulysses S. Grant Memorial restoration. Construction Division employees are shown resetting the large granite pavers to provide a level walking surface for memorial visitors. Work on the lower granite stone is expected to be complete this fall. 

AOC Projects

Lyrics from America the Beautiful

Capitol Lyrics: America the Beautiful

"America the Beautiful" began as a poem by Katharine Lee Bates in 1893. It was later combined with music by Samuel Augustus Ward to form the patriotic song many of us know today. The song comes to mind, particularly in the month when we celebrate our nation's independence, and interpretations of its lyrics are easily found around the U.S. Capitol.

Bartholdi Park Achieves SITES Gold

Bartholdi Park Achieves SITES Gold

The renovation of Bartholdi Park at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) is complete, and the new garden is a showcase of sustainable gardening that has achieved SITES Gold certification. The renovation provided an opportunity to increase accessibility, showcase the Sustainable SITES Initiative (SITES) principles in action and demonstrate USBG's commitment to sustainability. The Washington Post says, "If you want to see rain gardens that work horticulturally as well as hydrologically, make your way to Bartholdi Park..."

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