Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a project to overhaul two major entrances to Terminal 1. Damage from the April 22, 2011 tornado created an opportunity to redesign the terminal’s lower level entrances which will better enhance Lambert’s historic architecture. Lambert is building sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways with generous support from Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. The project will be completed in the spring of 2013.
“When the tornados hit our region last spring, we knew we wanted to bring increased safety to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Eric Nichols, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s advanced interlayers product lines. “Saflex® PVB interlayers for laminated glass and Eastman’s performance films’ Llumar® post applied decorative window films bring both safety and UV protection to the pedestrian walkway project at the main terminal. Our products are used in airport applications around the world, and we are happy these products will welcome visitors to the St. Louis region through our “gateway,” Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.”
Eastman’s Saflex® interlayers were also used in the replacement glass for the Terminal 1 vaulted curtain walls on the upper level, which were also heavily damaged during the 2011 tornado. The Terminal Entrances Project was designed by exp. US Services. C. Rallo Contracting is the prime contractor for the project.
The Terminal Entrances reconstruction is part of the overall tornado restoration campaign by the Airport totaling approximately $22 million. The Airport is also in the final months of its $70 million Airport Experience Program, which will be the largest interior renovation of Terminal 1 (built1956) and its concourses when it’s completed in 2013. Improvements include renovated restrooms, higher ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new wayfinding signage and digital directories.
Polyester, bell bottoms and wild colors made a comeback at Lambert Thursday night, all in the name of art.
The 2nd Annual Art of Travel event at Lambert turned into a hilarious clash of neon, polyester, big shades and big hair. And we wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. The event for the Airport’s Art & Culture Program set out to embrace everything ‘70s. More than 250 of some of Lambert’s biggest supporters adopted the challenge to "Get Groovy" for the night that featured hints of disco and the "peace era." The event honored Lambert’s newest artists whose works are now throughout the Airport while raising money to build up the program with new works in the near future.
Lambert's C Concourse will welcome US Airways on Thursday October 18. The airline will move its gate operations from the A Concourse to Gates C16, 18, C24 effective with the first flights out on Thursday.
There will be no disruption of flights with the move. The US Airways check-in process in Terminal 1 will remain the same but passengers will begin to use the C Concourse checkpoint.
“We think the US Airways move will have a significant positive impact to balance the passenger load between concourses to help reduce security checkpoint wait times on the A Concourse,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Furthermore, the recently expanded C Checkpoint will easily accommodate the increased passenger demand with this change.”
US Airways is Lambert’s 4th largest airlines (6.5% market share) operating 17 flights a day to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Phoenix. More than 1,100 passengers fly on US Airways daily.
Stop by the new St. Louis Brewmasters Tap Room just to count bottles.
Here’s a new hot photo spot to capture a bit of St. Louis culture. This is the feature wall at the new St. Louis Brewmasters Tap Room in Terminal 2 across from Gate E24. It’s all about the beer and the bottles. Brown, green and clear bottles are spread across a field of yellow highlighted by our city name in script. How many bottles? You’ll have to stop by and count yourself. While you’re at it, have a brew and some eats and relax at Lambert’s new Tap Room before your next flight on Southwest Airlines.
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Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.