Behind the Scenes at the U. S. Capitol Building

As I was diving into my latest issue of Popular Mechanics, I came across a brief article on restoration work on the U.S. Capitol Building. Turns out the last time the dome was restored was 1960, and it was suffering from more than 1,000 feet of small cracks. The Architect of the Capitol coordinated craftsmen from around the country to repair the dome in time for the inauguration.

The Architect of the Capitol (AOC) has been hard at work over the last few years addressing a maintenance backlog. Building Operating Management recognized the AOC's work to improve its process, cutting a backlog of over 400 work orders with an average fulfillment time of 55 days down to 17 pending work orders on average, completed within 4 days. That coverage was already a few years ago, so the numbers may well be lower still now.

When thinking about government facilities, it's not all about maintenance on historic facilities. This recent article showcases three federal buildings which are on the cutting edge of innovation and performance: the Wyatt Federal Building in Portland, Ore., Major General Emmett J. Bean Federal Center in Indianapolis, Ind., and 11 West Quincy Court Federal Building in Chicago. The buildings feature smart BAS, PV test arrays, and a high-performance facade retrofit.

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