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Campus Notebook: August Renovation Projects to Begin

Though Members of Congress will soon be back in their districts until September, the Capitol grounds will still be stirring and the Architect of the Capitol has teed up a number of renovation projects to be carried out during recess.

“The month of August is one of the AOC’s busiest times of the year,” spokeswoman Eva Malecki said. “General projects across the Capitol campus include maintenance, painting, cleaning, reconfiguration and renovation of various office spaces, and equipment upgrades.”

In addition to a new voting board in the House chamber, the Capitol Dome will get a fresh coat of paint, plaster ceilings in Statuary Hall will be repaired, mahogany doors will be restored, and both the basement carry-out restaurant and the Refectory will see some renovations.

Dirksen Senate Office Building will see work on a new heating, ventilation and air conditioning system, while exterior windows, trim and railings at Cannon House Office Building will be waterproofed.

Repairs to Rayburn House Office Building’s garage will continue, and the installation of a wheelchair lift will begin at the building’s Independence Avenue entrance.

Independence Avenue itself is also set to be completely repaved. And roadwork on egresses to the utility tunnels under First and Second streets Southeast will continue, causing various road and sidewalk closures throughout recess.

And the Library of Congress won’t be left out: The Neptune Fountain will be waterproofed; the west front drive of the Jefferson building will be repaved; the Edwin Blashfield mural, “Human Understanding,” in the Reading Room will be touched up; and the building’s lantern glass will be restored.

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