Photo Of The Week
Housekeeper Melvin Edwards spot mops just outside the A Concourse Checkpoint.
When it comes to safety, a mop is one of the key tools on the frontline. They’re in use 24 hours a day in the terminal and concourses at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. More than 100 Airport Authority housekeepers and contracted cleaning staff work to keep terminals and concourses clean. This time of year, it’s a hard job. That’s because of the winter weather. Thousands of passengers and visitors a day track in moisture from snow, ice as well as chemicals. It’s a mix that creates hazards on the Airport’s hard floor surfaces. Until it’s mopped clean. Houskeepers also tackle food, beverage and other spills to make sure the public has a safe path around the through the Airport.
Crews remove snow on the top level of the Terminal 1 Garage after one of the biggest winter storms in decades to hit the St. Louis region.
The Polar Vortex turned into a Polar Cleanup across the St. Louis region this week. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport recorded nearly 11 inches of snow in less than 24 hours after the storm pushed through on Sunday, Jan. 5. The snow and high winds pushed ahead of the polar plunge in temperatures that saw negative highs for the first time since the 1980s. The Airport saw hundreds of cancellations but the force of Lambert’s snow removal crews kept the airfield open, roadways driveable and parking lots passable through the worst of it. The Airport snow removal effort and cleanup continued the rest of the week even as another round of snow (1.5") hit St. Louis- the third snow storm just this month.
This new breed of snow machine does double duty on Lambert’s airfield as both a snowplow and a jetbroom.
Big machines are needed to clear snow from Lambert’s runways and make sure our airlines can continue to operate when severe weather hits. St. Louis was hit with its first snow storm of the year this week. To conquer the snow, the Airport has a new breed, a new beast, among its fleet of snow removing machines. It’s a MB5 Multi-Tasking Snow Vehicle (Manufactured in Wisconsin). This snow machine is a double-duty workhorse that can do the job of both a snow plow and a jet broom. It’s powered by two 500 Horsepower engines. Lambert has seven of these machines which will be back on the job this weekend when another storm is expected to hit the area.
Inesia Runnels (far left) and five-year old Za Shaw decide which perfect pretzel they would like from Auntie Anne’s in Terminal 2.
The world’s favorite pretzel place, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels is now open in Terminal 2, home of Southwest Airlines and Air Tran Airways. Auntie Anne’s is known for it’s delicious hand-rolled soft pretzels and freshly baked treats. Wherever Auntie Anne’s opens, it’s guaranteed to draw a crowd! Inesia Runnels and Za Shaw of Dallas, Texas stall for a minute as they choose from Auntie Anne’s tasty menu. The menu includes the yummy original salted pretzel and other popular flavors like cinnamon, jalapeno and garlic. Shaw was excited to get her favorite cinnamon flavored pretzel. Auntie Anne’s Pretzels is in partnership with Lambert’s master food concessionaire, HMSHost.
Military men and women from Fort Leonard Wood occupy time before catching a flight home by using their electronics. Lambert Airport hooked up extra outlets to accomodate the soldiers.
The Christmas holiday season is already a busy time at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The annual Military Holiday Block Leave provided a bigger boost this week with a sea of green as far as the eye can see in the terminals. The mass exodus of soldiers from Fort Leonard Wood is when more than 5,000 military men and women head home for the holidays. The USO, the Airport and many other groups ensure the soldiers get in the holiday spirit with numerous events and special apperances (Santa Claus) for the soldiers. The biggest hit, however, were temporary plug-in stations set up for the day so soldiers could charge up their electronics for games, videos and holiday phone calls.
Seven-year old Corben Phillips gives a Marines Master Sergeant a high-five on his way to the gate for American Airlines annual Snowball Express.
Eleven families from St. Louis and Illinois will share a special Christmas celebration thanks to American Airlines’ Snowball Express. Snowball Express started in 2006 to provide hope and new memories to the children of military fallen heroes who have died while on active duty since 9/11. This year, eighteen children from the St. Louis and Metro East area will enjoy a four- day Christmas party with other families of fallen heroes in Dallas, Texas. Organizers say the main goal is to honor the sacrifice the families of the fallen have made and make sure that children who lost a parent can connect with other children who are experiencing the same. This is Corben Phillips (pictured) second year attending the Snowball Express. Corben’s dad was killed in 2012.
New trees planted outside Terminal 1 are decorated in lights to offer a perfect accent to the terminal’s domes.
The historic vaulted domes at Terminal 1 always cast a shine in the night’s sky. Now the Airport is taking advantage of nature to feature a new accent. Lambert has planted a half-dozen Heritage River Birch trees in front of one of the domes. The new trees and a set of large planters are part of a courtyard makeover to enhance the views looking in and looking out of the terminal. The trees are now trimmed in classic white lights for the holiday season. The new trees feature exfoliating bark that reveals a colorful inner trunk as they grow. The trees can grow 30 to 60 feet high.
Ollie Gramlich and his Field Maintenance crew meticulously decorates inside and outside the terminals for the holiday season.
For more than 10 years, Field Maintenance Supervisor Ollie Gramlich has led a team in decorating Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Their decorating duties start before Thanksgiving. There are plenty of decorations including more than 30 wreaths and hundreds of swags. It’s not just a job for the team. Every year, Gramlich and his team add a fresh, new festive look to the holiday decorations. Gramlich says that could include switching and changing the locations of the decorations and adding something new. This year, Gramlich hopes the addition of a Santa sleigh in both Terminals will warm the holiday hearts of travelers.
Crews pour concrete into a new roadway cut to replace damaged sections on Lambert International Boulevard.
Airports have a lot of pavement, that’s for sure. Maintaining that pavement goes beyond the airfield where airplanes land and taxi. There are miles and miles of roadways that connect workers, travelers
and visitors to our terminals and support buildings. This week, a major concrete roadway repair project
moved into high gear on Lambert International Boulevard. Crews with Gershenson Construction Company are cutting our damaged sections of the roadway and pouring new concrete. The job is called spot slab repairs. The slab repair work will be done across two miles of the roadway between Terminal 2 and Cypress Road. All of this is weather permitting. The project should be completed in the Spring.
TSA officers pause for a moment of silence to remember a fellow officer killed in the line of duty at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) Friday, November 1, 2013.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport was one of many airports across the country to hold a moment of silence in memory of fallen Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Officer Gerardo Hernandez Friday. Officer Hernandez was killed in the line of duty when a gunman went on a rampage targeting TSA officers at Los Angeles International Airport. TSA Federal Security Director Bill Switzer made the announcement to halt security checkpoint operations in St. Louis at 11:20 a.m. CST in honor of Hernandez. It was a somber moment for TSA officers and passengers.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.