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The Grubb’s family checks-in at Terminal 1 on Friday ahead of a family vacation.
This weekend begins the "fun" season for many folks. It’s vacation time. Memorial Day Weekend is the kickoff of summer. Lambert-St. Louis International and others airports will see an increase in passenger traffic with the prime summer travel months ahead. At Lambert, lots of parents could be seen this Friday lugging child carriers, car seats and helping children with their backpacks. We caught up with the Grubbs family with children ages 4,6 and 9. They were heading out to Washington DC’s Reagan National Airport. On the flip side, St. Louis will be welcoming its fare share of families and tourists ready to see all that the Gateway City has to offer this season.
Crews were cleaning up Friday after removing boards that previously covered the tornado damaged area above the C Concourse Checkpoint.
After two years, one of the final tornado restoration projects is seeing the proverbial daylight at the end of the tunnel. This week, crews were installing the final glass panes in the section of window frames that sit above the C Concourse Checkpoint in Terminal 1. On Friday, construction workers removed plywood boards to let the sun shine through once again. There’s still minor work left to go in the area. Meanwhile, another tornado restortation project is also nearing the finish. American Airlines is expecting to re-open its Admirals Club next month after extensive renovations following the April 22, 2011 tornado.
Fredbird, Rampage and Louie showed their St. Louis spirit at Lambert this week.
St. Louis’ famous pro mascots dropped by Lambert this week for fun and mayhem as part of the Airport’s Customer Appreciation Week. This was a prideful posed picture of the famed bird, ram and bear. The three had their way roaming Terminal 1 suprising passengers and guests in countless ways. They even tried to check-in a few passengers. There were beak kisses and bear hugs. A few babies were held; some cried. Children cheered. So did adults. Most of all, lots of pictures were taken with our favorite furry and feathered friends. It was also a great way to say, "Hello to St. Louis."
Saint Louis County Bomb and Arson Team conducted a joint exercise with St. Louis Airport Police this week.
Robots and bomb disposal equipment were on display this week as the Airport Police Department conducted a joint exercise with Saint Louis County Police and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Friday’s training exercise was held at Terminal 2. Multi-agency training exercises allow officers to become familiar with Airport facilities and equipment in advance of an actual call for a joint response. The Airport’s bomb detection dogs were also part of the exercise.
New digital signs at Lambert feature employees who have been honored in the Catch Us Giving great customer service program.
If Airport employees get caught giving great customer service, they have a chance to receive some high praise. Literally. New advertising and messaging screens have been installed in numerous locations at Lambert, including the high ceiling just inside security at Terminal 2. These digital boards now feature employees honored in our Catch Us Giving program, which promotes great customer service. Passengers and visitors can nominate any employee who they encounter during their trip through Lambert. A Catch Us Giving committee representing Lambert, airlines, tenants and other service providers highlights two employees each month to be recognized based on their nominations. Nominations cards are in various locations at the Airport. You can also nominate online.
B.J. Vogt takes a level reading during the installation of framed art pieces outside the Airport administrative offices in Terminal 1.
The Airport’s latest art endeavor brings a sense of calm to a busy area in Terminal 1. Lambert has framed and hung the original art works that were created to produce the Airport’s three-panel glass screens in Concourses A and C (installed 2011/2012). Only ticketed passengers can see those works. Now everyone who passes through the terminal on the lower level can get a sense of inspiration. Magestic eagles, Missouri rivers, exquisite quilt patterns, as well as serene and abstract imagery are all part of the collection featuring local artists: Lauren Adams, Sarah Giannobile, Joan Hall, Jana Harper, Tom Huck, William LaChance, Eva Lundsager, Edna Patterson-Petty and Mel Watkin.
A passenger makes a purchase at a temporary kiosk for Hudson in Terminal 2.
The shopping experience at Lambert is losing a little pizzaz before it springs back with a Wow. Temporary shelving and cash register kiosks have been installed in front of former news & gift stores in both Concourse A and Terminal 2’s E Concourse. It’s all part of the master plan to launch new stores and store designs by the Hudson Group. The temporary sales set-ups allow Hudson to meet the needs of our travelers during the construction. In addition to the flagship Hudson stores for news and gifts, the retailer will soon be opening a variety of new concepts at Lambert through mid-summer: Spectacles, Bliss, Eddie Bauer, CNN Newstand, Discover St. Louis, St. Louis Sports, Natalie's Candies and Ebony.
Captain Joshua Payne gets a suprise welcome at Lambert after returning home Friday from a tour of duty.
Family and flags - lots of both- were on hand to throw a surprise party at the Airport for a US Air Force pilot returning home after a tour of duty in the Middle East. Captain Joshua Payne was greeted first by his wife and two sons. He turned the corner and he was then met by his extended family and some of his squadron mates from the 458th Airlift Squadron, based at Scott Air Force Base. The eye-catching part of this reunion was the huge banner his family displayed featuring the Air Force pilot and his sons.
"Safety Man" made his first appearance on a Lambert roadway this week to alert drivers to avoid a construction project.
Spring is springing up and so is "Safety Man." The orange pylon figure, equipped with safety vest, goggles, vest and a hardhat is a creation of the Airport’s Field Maintance crew. His mission is to bring awareness to potentially dangerous areas. This week "Safety Man" was guarding a section on Lambert International Boulevard where crews were repairing a bridge expansion joint. With the warming of temperatures, Lambert crews are trying to get a jump on potholes and other road repairs. Lambert maintains 25 lane miles of roadways on the public side of the Airport’s terminals and dozens more within perimeter of the airfield.
A crew began demolition of a Terminal 1 covered walkway between Arrivals Drive and Bag Claim this week.
The curve top structures that cover the entrances between Terminal 1 Arrivals Drive and Bag Claim are being demolished to make way for new sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways. The structures were partially damaged in the 2011 tornado, which created an opportunity to redesign the lower level entrances to better enhance Lambert’s historic terminal architecture. The project is being funded with support from the Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. New glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathways. New high tech layers within the glass bring safety, safety, security and UV protection. Construction on the entrances will run through the summer. Click here to see the rendering.
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