Lambert-St. Louis International Airport will host the 2016 Business Diversity Forum: Diverse Opportunities to Create New Successes on Friday April 1, 2016. The event is free, and will be held from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. in Terminal 1 Concourse B.
Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge will speak on Lambert’s 5-year strategic plan, current progress, and renewed focus on passenger growth, financial stability, economic development, and customer satisfaction. A highlight of the event is a dynamic presentation by renowned keynote speaker, Ravi Norman, CEO of THOR Construction, which is among the largest African American Companies in the nation. Mr. Norman will discuss his “SIT-EAT-GROW” model for growing small businesses and minority entrepreneurship.
The event is designed to showcase new and ongoing development opportunities at Lambert Airport, and to breakdown the nuances often associated with doing business in an airport environment. Additionally, the forum creates an educational and networking opportunity for M/W/D/ACDBE’s to connect with prime contractors and airport decision makers. The forum will feature roundtable discussions on how to do business at Lambert Airport, upcoming contract opportunities, understanding a joint venture and how it can help grow your company, business-to-business networking, navigating the certification process, bonding requirements, and other business development topics. The schedule also includes networking breakfast, awards presentation, and exhibit hall.
Businesses connected with professional services such as accounting, HR management, legal, PR/marketing, as well as personnel staffing are encouraged to attend.
Lambert hosted its first-ever Business Diversity Forum last spring. It was attended by over 400 people, and highlighted the requirements for federal and local certification for minority and women-owned businesses.
Registration is required by March 29, and can be made by calling 314-426-6111 or by clicking here
The Shaffey family, led by their two young children, head towards their gate in Concourse C.
It's Spring Break time, and it signifies the start of a peak travel season here at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. We spotted the Shaffey’s entering Concourse C, heading out for a week-long Spring Break vacation at Disney World. The little Shaffey's were all set with perfectly proportioned luggage in tow. Concourse C is a great place for junior flyers like these, as it is host to the 1,500 square foot educational Play Port playground, sponsored by The Magic House. Kids can play on this fun-sized airport, complete with a plane, air traffic control tower with a slide, car rental counters, luggage conveyor, while learning about transportation. Through the end of March, lots of little feet will be seen in our concourses while families are off to have some fun.
Installers with U.S.Art delicately unpack pieces of “Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best” to prepare it for display in Terminal 1.
It was a unique hand off from The Saint Louis Art Museum to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The result is an extended viewing of a colorful collage of fabric scrolls created by St. Louisans Steven and William Ladd. The artists, now based in New York, completed a museum residency where they conducted a community scrollathon involving more than 500 sets of hands from different schools and groups in St. Louis. Participants helped roll fabric that were then pieced together for the Ladd brothers’ work Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best. The artwork made of fabric, archival board, pins and metal trinkets was created in conjuction with the Ladd’s exhibition Scouts vs Sports? The brothers are known for unique, craft based art. The artwork is now on display near the entrance to the A Concourse in the lower level of Terminal 1 through September.
In collaboration with the Saint Louis Art Museum, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has installed an artwork of colorful fabric scrolls designed by St. Louisans Steven and William Ladd.
Crème de la Crème Because It’s the Best of the Best (2016) is now on display through September 8 on the lower level of Terminal 1 at the entrance to the A Concourse. The temporary exhibition is the latest installation on behalf of the Lambert Art and Culture Program.
Steven and William Ladd, now based in New York, served a residency at the Saint Louis Art Museum in early 2016. They hosted a “scrollathon” involving more than 500 students and community members. Participants each created two scrolls of tightly wound strips of fabric, one to keep and one to contribute to the final artwork. The “scrollathon” allowed the students to work with the nationally recognized artists who shared their history of St. Louis and explored the use of recycled materials.
“The Ladd brothers are known for their unique, craft-based approach to their work, and for their commitment to sharing their values and artistic process with others,” said Brent B. Benjamin, the Barbara B. Taylor Director of the Saint Louis Art Museum. “The museum was pleased to host the Ladds as artists in residence and grateful for the opportunity to welcome more than 500 collaborators who contributed to this compelling work.”
The artwork (fiber, archival board, pins and metal trinkets) was created in conjunction with the Ladd’s exhibition Scouts vs. Sports? at the Saint Louis Art Museum. The artwork is on display courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum, Steven and William Ladd and Cristina Grajales Gallery.
The Saint Louis Art Museum “Scrollathon” was made possible through the generous support of The Trio Foundation of St. Louis.
Jet bridge installation equipment at Terminal 2 perfectly frames the Air Traffic Control Tower.
Southwest Airlines is expanding their operations in Terminal 2, and has been in the process of installing two new jet bridges at gates E31 and E33 . The complexity and size of these large motorized walkways can take a week or more to assemble. These jet bridges are designed to fit multiple aircraft sizes. E31 can accommodate a Boeing 737-800, and E33 up to a Boeing 787. Lambert worked with Southwest on the configuration of the these jet bridges to ensure safe operations for arriving and departing aircraft. Gate E31 aligns west, directly towards the Air Traffic Control Tower.
A loader clears snow from the airfield during a snowstorm on Wednesday morning.
Most people associate this type of machinery with construction work. But at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport these specialty backhoes, called loaders, are used for snow removal. When winter weather hits, airports get to work fighting back snow and ice to keep the airfield safe and operational. It takes hundreds of specially trained people with highly specialized snow removal equipment to clear an airfield. Unlike street plows that pile snow on the sides of roadways, standing snow is a hazard on the airfield and must be relocated. The airport clears all major movement areas, such as runways and taxiways. It utilizes the help of contractors such as Midwest Landscape for the ramp areas, located closest to the building and airline gates. The loaders lift the snow from the ramps into dump trucks, who relocate it to safe place to melt away.
The Mike Halloran Duo entertains travelers in Concourse C, concluding the opening week of Lambert’s spring music series.
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport launched a spring music series this week that features live local musicans in the concourses. Performances will be held Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. through May 20. The live bands will vary from solo artists, to duos and trios performing a wide range of musical genres that include Jazz, Blues, RnB, Top 40, Rock, Latin/World, Country and Singer/Songwriter. The entertainment will regularly alternate between Terminal 1 (concourses A and C) and Terminal 2. For a complete performance schedule, please click here.
Entertainment Scheduled at the Airport Thursdays and Fridays through May
The Lambert Art and Culture Program at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is launching a spring music series beginning February 18 and ending May 20, 2016. Live musicians will be entertaining travelers in the concourses on Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
“The Lambert Art and Culture Program has done so much to beautify our airport with incredible physical artworks,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Adding performance art, especially with some of the best local musicians, is a fantastic avenue to welcome our travelers in a uniquely St. Louis way.”
The live bands will vary from solo artists, to duos and trios performing a wide range of musical genres that include Jazz, Blues, RnB, Top 40, Rock, Latin/World, Country and Singer/Songwriter. The entertainment will regularly alternate between Terminal 1 (concourses A and C) and Terminal 2. The music program is being managed by Contemporary Productions.
In May of 2015, the airport celebrated #LambertThanks customer appreciation week, which was the first time live bands were introduced into the gate areas. “The response was so overwhelmingly positive,” said Hamm-Niebruegge, “that even after one week we knew it was a concept worth pursuing.”
The entertainment schedule is as follows:
Performances will be on Thursdays and Fridays each week from 2pm – 5pm in the concourses.
My Friend Mike Duo
Tommy Halloran Duo
Jackson Howard Duo
Arvell and Co. Duo
Variety, RnB, top 40
Odds Lane Duo
Good To Drive Duo (of Whiskey Morning)
Miss Jubilee and the Humdingers (4 piece)
Bottom's Up Blues Gang (trio)
Johnny Henry Duo
Rock, Country, Variety
John Farrar Duo
*Schedule is subject to change
The mission of the Lambert Art and Culture Program is to create a visually outstanding impression of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, generate community pride, and ensure that art at Lambert continues to complement and build upon its rich visual legacy. Through both visual and performing arts, the program aims to highlight the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.
The 2015 Catch Us Giving nominees pose for an overhead photo at the Catch Us Giving Annual Awards.
How many people would you guess work at Lambert St.-Louis International Airport? If you guessed over 7,000, you would be correct. All of those workers represent dozens of different companies, contractors, and departments here at the airport. Lambert celebrated those employees who were “caught” in 2015 giving great customer service through the airport-wide Catch Us Giving customer service recognition program. The public submits their positive comments, and the person they nominate becomes eligible for incentives and awards. 2015 was a record year, with nearly 1,200 nominations received, that’s a 178 percent increase over 2014. The Catch Us Giving Annual Awards included a live band, photo booth, candy bar, lunch buffet, and prize giveaways.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport awarded its Ambassador of the Year at the Catch Us Giving customer service annual awards reception Tuesday. The celebration honored hundreds of employees who were “caught” by the public in 2015 for giving great customer service.
The highlight of the event was when a crowded room rose to their feet as Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge announced Henry Ford from ABM/Super Park as the Ambassador of the Year. ABM Industries manages Airport parking and shuttle services. Ford is honored for going out of his way to personally return an envelope containing several thousand dollars cash to Larry Hart, a traveler who unknowingly left it on Ford’s shuttle bus. Mr. Hart, President of LJ Hart & Company, made a surprise appearance to help present the special award.
“I didn’t even know it was missing yet,” Hart said. “I was getting a very good shoe shine for my trip to France, and Henry comes in just running and hands me the envelope. The look on his face, so relieved to find me, tells you what a good person he is.”
The Catch Us Giving program has a key foundation of public involvement to “catch” Airport employees giving great customer service. Nearly 1,200 nominations were submitted in 2015, a growth of 178 percent over 2014. Employees from 40 different companies and employee groups were represented, up 30 percent from 2014. The Catch Us Giving Committee reviews all of the nominations each month and chooses two monthly winners. At the end of the year, they select the person who delivered the most outstanding act of customer service as the program ambassador.
“This type of airport-wide acknowledgement of employees going above and beyond for our passengers is one we look forward to every year,” said Hamm-Niebruegge. “Catch Us Giving is a great way for us to celebrate these exceptional people, while also providing us an opportunity to hear what means most to our guests.”
The reception also included special recognition for the monthly winners, a live band, photo booth, candy bar, lunch buffet, and prize giveaways. The event was sponsored by the Regional Business Council, Funjet Vacations, Air Choice One, and US Bank.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.