St. Louis Rams’Mike Naughton, Airport Police Chief Paul Mason and St. Louis Rams’ Mike Moyner smile while presenting Chief with a his own jersey.
Big smiles could be seen on the faces of those who attended one of the biggest retirement parties of the year in honor of Lambert Airport Police Chief Paul Mason. A retired U.S. Army Colonel, Chief Mason joined Lambert’s Police Department in September 1987. He commanded each of the department’s operational bureaus before he was appointed Chief in March 1997. A decorated military veteran, Chief Mason was recognized at his retirment celebration for his superior leadership and the legacy he leaves behind. Representatives with the St. Louis Rams presented the Chief with his own jersey for serving as the team’s Executive of Security since the team landed in St. Louis in 1995. Mayor Francis Slay deemed March 27, 2014 Chief Paul Mason Day and the end of a great era.
Southwest Airlines is expanding service this year from St. Louis to three destinations including new non-stop service to San Francisco International Airport (SFO). The daily roundtrip service to SFO from Lambert-St. Louis International Airport (STL) will begin September 30, 2014.
Also this year, Southwest announced it is expanding service from STL to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and Los Angeles International Airport (LAX). Starting June 8, service to LAX will increase from two daily roundtrips to three daily roundtrips. The DCA service will also increase from two daily flights to three daily flights beginning November 2.
“We’re excited about the additional non-stop service to SFO because we have strong flow of traffic there and we think that market will do well,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “The increased flights to Washington DC and Los Angeles are just as valuable for this region and we applaud southwest for continuing to look at new opportunities for growth that increases connectivity to and from our region.”
Roofing crews began the demolition of Lambert’s 60-year-old copper roof this week.
After nearly 60 years, the Airport’s original iconic copper roof on Terminal 1 is being scrapped and recycled. Crews with CMT Roofing began the major demolition job on the first quadrant of the far east dome- facing the south. This is no ordinary roof job because of the steep pitch of the domes. Roofers are harnessed to safety cables as they remove the copper and sublayers of the roof. As old material is removed, new roof coatings and insulation will be layed down to keep the terminal protected from the elements. Within a few weeks, additional crews will begin installing the first sections of the new copper roof. The process will be repeated on all sections of the domes until the project is completed at the end of the year.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport welcomes two new commissioners to the 17-member St. Louis Airport Commission. June McAllister Fowler, vice president, corporate and public communications for BJC HealthCare, was appointed by St. Louis City Mayor Francis Slay. Samuel P. Jenkins, organization development consultant at Washington University School of Medicine, former Boeing executive, and owner of SPJ Consulting, LLC was appointed to the Commission by St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley.
June Fowler leads all internal, external and public policy communications and community relations efforts on behalf of BJC HealthCare, one of the largest private employers in Missouri. Prior to BJC, Fowler was senior director of communications and community affairs for Mallinckrodt. She began her career as an urban planner with St. Louis County government. Fowler holds a master’s degree in urban affairs from Washington University in St. Louis and a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Missouri Columbia. Fowler currently sits on several community boards including Westminster College, Citizens for Modern Transit, KIPP St. Louis and Health Care Industry Council for the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.
Samuel Jenkins joined Washington University School of Medicine and the newly created human resources applied leadership group in 2012. He delivers leadership development, coaching, and team building support to faculty and staff. Jenkins retired from The Boeing Company in 2007 as the vice president of Ethics for Boeing Integrated Defense Systems. Jenkins holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Oklahoma and an MBA from Fontbonne University in St. Louis. He currently serves on the board of directors for Marygrove, a residential treatment center for children, and previously served on several boards of directors, community advisory boards, and most recently the St. Louis County Board for Highways and Traffic.
Both commissioners will serve terms that run through 2017.
Family and friends gather to welcome the Robson family who arrived in St. Louis with two new family members.
It was a warm welcome back home from family and friends of the Robson’s of St. Louis. The Robsons were coming in from Ethopia via Washington, D. C. with two new family members. The couple adopted Beti and Abay from Ethopia. The couple already have three children who were on hand to meet their new siblings. Everyone anxiously awaited their arrival just outside the A checkpoint.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is one of 250 locations hosting an STL250 Cake. See if you can find this cake and others around the city.
To celebrate the 250th birthday of St. Louis, 4-ft high cakes have sprung up across the metro area, including Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It’s all part of Cakeway to the West, a region-wide public art and history lesson campaign that is marking the city’s anniversary with 250 custom painted fiberglass cakes located at landmarks, cultural institutions, outdoor spots and places voted in by the public. Lambert’s cake sports blue and purple tones with imagery of the Airport’s domes, skylights and other iconic features. It was painted by artist Henryk Ptasiewicz. A scavenger hunt contest is underway for sleuths to find all the cakes around the city. Find out more about the cake contest and other major events here.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is proud to welcome a new exhibition by Missouri State Parks titled “Missouri Made,” now on display through June 30, 2014 at the Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1. “Missouri Made” highlights the varied and unique collection of Missouri materials, art and artifacts from the Missouri State Museum in Jefferson City, Missouri. The exhibition objects demonstrate a wide-range of artistic skills and creativity.
Exploring five themes in five cases, the objects include raw materials of industry, one-of-a-kind crafts and manufactured goods. Hand-knit clothing, paper art, a hand-carved cane, and a stained glass sampler are just a few of the artifacts that will be featured in the display cases. The exhibit explores ideas of individual creativity and mass production, and showcases examples of unexpected beauty found within Missouri’s natural resources.
The Lambert Gallery is located in Terminal 1 in Baggage Claim near the exit for Concourse C. It was selected by the Airport Art Advisory Committee (AAAC) as one of several exhibits on display in 2014 as part of the Airport’s Art and Culture Program. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the St. Louis Regional Arts Commission and the Missouri Arts Council.
The Missouri State Museum, which is part of Missouri State Parks, is located on the first floor of the Missouri State Capitol. For more information, contact the Museum at 573-751-2854. For information on state parks and historic sites, visit mostateparks.com. Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.
Want to see the journey of your luggage. Now you can with the debut of Lambert-St. Louis International Airports' new inline baggage system at Terminal 1. We put cameras on luggage and ran it through the new system which includes more than 4,200 linear feet of new conveyors in Terminal 1. Watch how your luggage travels from the airline counters, down two levels, through through TSA's screening area then onto the airlines for pickup for the outbound flight.
Check out the ride here.
Terminal 2's new baggage system will go online in April.
Two major construction projects highlight the final pieces of a top to bottom makeover of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.
Mayor Francis Slay and St. Louis County Executive Charlie Dooley joined Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge in announcing Tuesday that construction will begin on a $6.7 million project to replace the original copper roof on Lambert’s historic domed vaults.
“The days are numbered to see the wonderful green patina on top of this architecturally historic building,” said Mayor Francis Slay. “The new skin will shine of raw copper like it did in the mid-‘50s when the Terminal was built. The roof will slowly transform in color again with time as this Airport serves new generations in this region.”
As that project begins, the Airport is winding down on a budgeted $50.7 million project to overhaul its baggage system in the lowest level of its terminals which will improve efficiencies in screening checked baggage and immediately upgrade the customer experience during the check-in process.
The new inline baggage system in Terminal 1 is now fully operational. Passengers in Terminal 1 can now hand off their luggage at the ticket counter versus having to transport bags to multiple explosive detection system (EDS) machines that were installed in the ticketing areas after 9/11. Terminal 1 now operates with three EDS 9800 series machines that are now out of public view. A new 4,200 linear feet conveyor system transports luggage from every Terminal 1 airline ticket counter, through the new EDS machines, and on to the airlines for pickup to the aircraft. If bags need further screening, the system automatically diverts them to a resolution room where security officers will do a hands-on inspection to ensure there is no threat.
The inline baggage system for Terminal 2 is set to go live in April. It will operate in the same way and will be equipped with the same EDS machines. That system has a shorter total conveyor run of 2,258 linear feet.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is covering 90 percent of the eligible project costs, or approximately $45.6 million, through grants and funding that were announced in 2010.
"Incorporating state-of-the-art Explosive Detection System technology into an automated system such as we now have at STL not only increases efficiencies and allows for airport growth, but it reduces TSA officer injuries from lifting and moving heavy bags," said Federal Security Director Bill Switzer. "In fact, most alarms can be resolved in the image resolution room without ever opening a bag."
“For passengers, it’s a return to the days of being able to actually check-in your bags at the ticket counter which is a convenience we haven’t been able to experience at Lambert in more than 12 years.” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Better yet, the stand-alone screening machines in the ticket areas will no longer be needed, freeing up space and improving the open space of our terminals.”
During the last two years, the baggage system construction was synched with on-going Airport Experience renovations that included major upgrades to Terminal 1 flooring, lighting, ticket counters, restrooms and signage. The $70 million renovation program, which also included improvements to Concourses A and C, wraps up this spring.
The new copper roof is the project that will top off all these recent improvements. The Airport is replacing the 60-year old solid copper roof with copper that’s bonded with a stainless steel core for greater durability. Demolition will begin on the most-eastern dome with demolition of the existing roof and installation of the new roof phased in moving west over the next 10 months. The project calls for installing approximately 102,000 sq. ft. of the copper material to cover the four domes. After installation, the original light bronze color of the copper will begin to turn dark brown within a year due to exposure to the elements. Over the next 20 years or so, the roof will patina to a soft green.
The roof construction will be led by general contractor Kozeny-Wagner. The major contractors for the new baggage system are C. Rallo/ Hunt Joint Venture, Five Star Airport Alliance and Vanderlande Industries.
The International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard. salute the flag flown in for fallen Columbia firefighter Lt. Bruce Britt.
American Airlines passengers at Lambert Airport watched members of the International Association of Firefighters Local 2665 Honor Guard as they accepted a special flag flown in to St. Louis.to honor a fallen firefighter. Lieutenant Bruce Britt, of Columbia, died in the line of duty Saturday, Feb. 22, when a walkway collapsed at a University of Missouri-Columbia run apartment complex. The Firefighters were somber as they accepted the flag that has honored fallen first responders since the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. The flag was presented by an American Airlines’ pilot. Memorial services were held for Lt. Britt in Columbia, Missouri and in his hometown, Williamsville, New Mexico.
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