Capitol Sheet Metal Shop

The men of the AOC’s Capitol Sheet Metal Shop go to battle monthly with the forces of wind, water and wildlife in the daily maintenance of both the interior and exterior of the Capitol. Beyond the iconic nature, remarkable ingenuity of construction, and history – the dome ultimately sits atop a working office space and is a museum visited by millions annually from around the world. The ability to balance these needs with the work essential to the health of the dome is the challenge the AOC is tackling. A major renovation within interior space was completed in the early 2000’s when 80,000 pounds of lead based paint were removed and recycled, and surfaces of interstitial space were painted with an epoxy paint system. The last significant exterior renovation of the dome was conducted in 1959. The next phase of the dome restoration project is to repaint the exterior to hold the dome over until a more complete overhaul can commence potentially following the inauguration in January 2013 and lasting up to three years.