The Architect of The Capitol

Capitol Hill is buzzing: Architect of the Capitol rehomes bee colony
Massive bee hive and 10 pounds of honey removed from historic ash tree

An Architect of the Capitol ground crew removed a massive beehive from an ash tree on the Capitol campus Wednesday. (Photo: Architect of the Capitol)

Capitol Hill was buzzing Wednesday morning and it had nothing to do with Congress or news. An Architect of the Capitol ground crew removed a massive bee hive from an ash tree on the Capitol campus.

Images from the AOC show a large limb of the ash tree being removed, with the hive tucked inside. The team that removed the bee colony from the historic tree was made up of AOC arborists and a beekeeper, according to spokesperson Erin Courtney.

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Hunt for new Architect of the Capitol underway

The search for a new Architect of the Capitol is underway, led by executive search firm JDG Associates. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Do you like historic buildings? Are you undaunted by the prospect of working with tenants who are also your bosses and can’t seem to agree on much of anything? 

Then this job is for you.

Ross Requests Investigation into Murky Capitol Hill Water Scare
Officials must answer for “alarming unresponsiveness” on lead levels

Florida Rep. Dennis Ross blasted the "alarming unresponsiveness and poor communication" of staff at the architect of the Capitol over the water contamination scare. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Florida Republican Rep. Dennis A. Ross wants the Office of Compliance to take a hard look at how Stephen T. Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, has handled a health scare precipitated by the detection of lead-contaminated drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building last month.  

In the two weeks since government officials were first warned about the potential health hazard, the actions of the architect of the Capitol have ranged from temporarily disabling a handful of drinking fountains to offering free, voluntary check-ups to worried staffers.  

Blood Tests for House Staffers Concerned About Tainted Water
Elevated lead levels in drinking water at one office building raises questions and prompts some to get screened

The Architect of the Capitol instructed staff to visit the health unit in the Rayburn House Office Building for free blood work. (Warren Rojas/CQ Roll Call)

At least a half-dozen House staffers showed up Wednesday for the free blood testing being offered to those worried about lead-contaminated drinking water on Capitol Hill.  

The architect of the Capitol arranged for the emergency screenings after days of releasing dribs and drabs of nebulous information about the health scare related to elevated lead levels in the drinking water at the Cannon building.  

No Answer on Tainted Water in House Office Building
Experts to help figure out the cause of elevated lead levels, staff raise health concerns

High lead levels prompted the Architect of the Capitol to turn off drinking water in the Cannon House Office Building. (Jeremy Silk Smith/CQ Roll Call)

BY JEREMY SILK SMITH

Architect of the Capitol Stephen T. Ayers said Friday that the cause of high lead levels in the Cannon House Office Building is not clear — but that previous tests for more than a decade had not shown any problems.