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Connecting democracy’s historical hub

Tracing its beginnings to the laying of the Capitol cornerstone in 1793, the Architect of the Capitol is the federal agency responsible for the maintenance, operation, development, and preservation of the United States Capitol Complex. The organization oversees the Senate, the House of Representatives, the Library of Congress, the Supreme Court, 500+  acres of gardens, and thousands of works of art.

With a diverse workforce that ranges from office staff and executives to fine art restorers, electricians, grounds crew, carpenters, and janitors, the Architect of the Capitol needed a secure, customized portal that worked across a range of locations, devices, and needs. Their legacy system relied heavily on bulletin boards, kiosks, and in-person meetings throughout the Capitol to deliver event information, issue tracking, work orders, news, contact directories, and shuttle schedules.

We designed, tested, developed, and deployed a mobile-friendly employee intranet that replaced outdated tools and processes, and relied on low-cost but high-impact technology built to scale, including a Drupal CMS, cloud hosting, and 3rd-party integrations. Designed to make sure all AOC employees could access critical information when and where they needed it - whether that was a work order for the Speaker of the House’s office, or a schedule for the nearest campus shuttle - “AOC Compass”  united the organization online for the first time.

AOC by Modus
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Helping to build upon the vision of Thomas Jefferson - who was the first Architect of the Capitol -  was a career highlight for me and the team.

Sonny Fitzsimonds, Director of Product Management

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