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Rip and Smash: Lambert Photo of the Week

A Southwest Airlines jet takes off in the distance while crews demolish a former postal facility to make way for more parking near Terminal 2.

A non-descript warehouse that once processed U.S. mail operations at Lambert-St. Louis International met its end this week to an agressive demolition crew. The steel and concrete shell building was attacked by a duo of excavators with a mean punch and fierce jaws. Crews ripped and smashed the building into pieces, small enough to transport for recycling or waste streams. The building was vacant. The building is being demolished to make way for the new parking. The surface lot will become Super Park Lot E, featuring 250 spaces with a short walk or shuttle ride to Terminal 2. The lot should ease parking shortages in the Terminal 2 Garage, once its completed by year’s end.

Hero's Homecoming: Lambert Photo of the Week

Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols (D-72) gives Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg a resolution after arriving at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

It was a hero’s homecoming for Sgt. 1st Class Corey Remsburg and his parents when they arrived Thursday at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. They were met by more than a dozen joyous supporters including the Mayor of Overland, Missouri State Representative Mary Nichols and a large group from his alma mater, Ritenour High School. The former Army Ranger was permantly injured in a roadside bomb attack in 2009. His story of bravery and recovery from near-death and months in a coma made national news after President Barack Obama honored him in his 2014 State of the Union Address. Remsburg received a two-minute standing ovation. Back in St. Louis, he is being honored this weekend as the Grand Marshal of the 2014 Ritenour High School Homecoming Parade. Standing alongside his parents and his service dog, he shook off all the praise, gave the crowd a thumbs up and said, "Go Huskies."

Lambert States Procedures for Dealing with Passenger Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Department of Homeland Security’s Customs and Border Projection (DHS) have just released information on steps being taken at airports to prevent the spread of Ebola.

 

Enhanced health screenings will be enacted at five major international airports:  New York's John F. Kennedy, Washington-Dulles, Newark, Chicago O'Hare, and Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson. These airports receive more than 94 percent of passengers who travel into to the U.S. from affected countries in West Africa.

 

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has not received any directive from local or federal agencies to alter its current emergency response plans regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Lambert has no direct international transoceanic service. Travelers from overseas must arrive into other domestic airports prior to flying to St. Louis.

 

Lambert would respond to any report of a threat based on its FAA certification procedures regarding communicable diseases or illnesses.  Procedures to respond to a potential communicable illness include isolating an arrival aircraft away from the terminal. The airport’s first responders would then assess the illness threat and alert other emergency response agencies and local health departments if necessary.

'40s Style: Lambert Photo of the Week

Bob and Tracy Durrell, guests of Art of Travel sponsor Tech Electronics, wowed the crowds with their ‘40s style for the big event this week.

A dark red zoot suit, a petal hat and rose colored gloves were all part of Bob and Tracy Durrell’s ‘40s style dress- up for this week’s 4th Annual Art of Travel party. They weren’t the only ones. In what has become a quick tradition, a majority of the 400 guests this year themed-it-up for the Lambert Art & Culture Program fundraiser, which paid homage to the days of Casablanca, swing dancing, rotary phones and fedora hats. Two antique cars set the stage for the night outside the B Concourse. Inside, guests dined on some amazing food cooked or prepared by a team of chefs from HMSHost. Signature ‘40s style drinks were a hit. So were the custom prints works by St. Louis print studios- Pele Prints, The Firecracker Press and Yellow Bear- which used reclaimed copper from the terminal roof to create printing plates. The event was presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling stations and supported by nearly 30 other sponsors. Funds help support on-going exhibitions and future new art installations at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPay at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Classic Cars Set the Stage for 2014 Art of Travel Event This Week

The 2014 Art of Travel is just days away as the Airport makes final preparations for our biggest social event of the year in support of the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Setting the stage this year are two antique cars which will be on display all week. This year we celebrate the 1940s and the cars on display would have have been early classics then. The Airport helped roll in a 1930 Model A Roadster and a 1931 Model A Pickup courtesy of our former Airport Commissioner Frank Schembre.  

The Art of Travel is Thursday, Oct. 2 from 6-8 p.m. in the B Concoruse. Tickets to the event are still available on line via PaPal at www.flystl.com/artoftravel.

Airport Cards: Lambert Photo of the Week

Camden, Addison and Colin West of Charlotte, NC show off their new STL Airport Trading Cards shortly after arriving here on vacation this week.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport joined nearly 20 other airports in the launch of a new trading card series earlier this month. The North American Airports Collectors Series (NAACS), featuring U.S. and Canadian airports, made its debut in Atlanta at the Airports Council International- North America Annual Conference. Airports get to prominently display their airport code, iconic pictures, facts and history to share with passengers, community groups, collectors, and others. USA Today recently profiled the new campaign. CNN Airports will soon air another piece on this unique marketing idea that unites airports and shares the great impact we have in each community. Log onto www.airportradingcards.com or follow #airportcards on Twitter to find the latest participants.and news. You can find STL cards at the Terminal 1 Information Booth.

Demo Done: Lambert Photo of the Week

60-year-old copper sheets are piled high in a dumpster ready to be recycled as a crane hauls off some of the last pieces of original roofing material off of Terminal 1. 

Nearly six months of demolition on the original copper roof of Terminal 1 is now complete at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. Crews have been pulling off tons of copper and under-layer roofing materials from the four historic domes since April. Even though the last of the copper has been pried off the roof and sent away to be recycled, there’s still plenty of work ahead for the roof replacement project. Crews have installed new protective layers and new copper on approximately 50 percent of the vaulted domes. With demo completed, roofing crews can finish the work on the remaining two domes on the western end of Terminal 1. The project is slated for completion in December. The first sections of the new copper roof installed early this summer are already oxidizing, turning brown, while the newer sections are still bright and brassy.  


Copper Roof Inspires Exclusive Prints for Airport Art Event

The historic copper roof of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been an architectural inspiration for nearly 60 years. Now its become an inspiration for art. In the process of replacing the original copper roof this year, the Airport has saved a few green patina copper tiles to share with St. Louis area print studios. Artists are using the copper to create exclusive prints for the 4th Annual Art of Travel fundraiser, benefitting the Lambert Art and Culture Program.

The Art of Travel, presented by Spire Natural Gas Fueling Solutions, will celebrate the growing arts scene at the Airport in Terminal 1s B Concourse from 6-8 p.m. on Oct. 2.  Tickets are $75 and available via www.flystl.com/artoftravel. The event raises funds to support the Airports acquisitions of permanent artwork and temporary exhibits.

The Lambert Art and Culture Program commissioned three presses, The Firecracker Press, Amanda Verbeck with Pele Prints, and Gina Alvarez with Yellow Bear to each transform one of the weathered, historic tiles into printmaking plates. Each press has developed its own imagery using the nostalgia and mystery of travel as its only prompt. The Firecracker Press, Pele Prints, and Yellow Bear have employed a variety of processes to alter the tiles, allowing the 60 years of weathering marks to be forever impressed into these pieces of fine art. From paper airplanes to woodcuts using wood salvaged from the 2011 Good Friday storms, the three presses are letting the copper inspire them to experiment and create innovative and exciting works of art. The evolution of each print is being documented in a blog, http://flystlprints.wordpress.com.  The prints will only be available at the Art of Travel event.

In addition to exclusive copper-inspired art, the event will feature a silent auction of additional prints by the three print studios and several art experience packages provided by the Foundry Art Centre, Painting with a Twist, The Preston Art Glass Studio, Craft Alliance and others.

The theme of this years Art of Travel celebration is the film-noir and fedora style 1940s.  Gourmet chefs from across the country will prepare signature cuisine throughout the night along with 40s inspired cocktails. Swing dancing demonstrations will entertain guests who are encouraged to dress up for the occasion.  The chefs appear courtesy of global restaurateur HMSHost, a world leader in travel dining. HMSHost operates a large number of dining venues at Lambert, and is part of Autogrill S.p.A. the worlds largest provider of food and beverage services for travelers.

More than two dozen other businesses and corporations are sponsoring the Art of Travel, which is helping to transform the Airport with local and international works, bringing a new sense of place for visitors and local residents alike.    The Lambert Art and Culture Program launched more than four years ago during The Airport Experience, the Terminal 1 renovation campaign that concluded this year.  Since 2011, 13 major works of art have been installed in terminals and concourses including nine art glass screens by local St. Louis area artists. The latest installation was in July with the relocation of the Gateway Foundations China China (Zhu Wei, 2003) in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby. The program also supports temporary exhibitions in The Lambert Gallery in Terminal 1.  Past exhibitors have included Craft Alliance, Chess Hall of Fame, the Griot Museum, and the Foundry Art Centre.  The International Photography Hall of Fame is currently exhibiting A Heritage of Cameras through November.

The seven-member Airport Art Advisory Committee, appointed by St. Louis City Mayor Slay, works with the Airport to recommend and help select art installations and exhibitions. The committee is represented by David Allen, Susan Barrett, Laura Helling, Marilu Knode, Jill McGuire, Kiku Obata and Frieda L. Wheaton.

Those advisory members are also part of the Art of Travel Host Committee, chaired by Ken Page. Other committee members are Dwyer Brown, Sara Burke, Curtis Cassel, Cynthia L. Cosby, Sean Devereaux, Ollie Dowell, George and Dianne Garrison, Carrie Houke and David Carl Wilson, Richard Hrabko, Samuel Jenkins, John Kemppainen, Nancy and Ken Kranzberg, Benjamin Lipman, Meridith McKinley, Kathleen Ratcliffe, William and Julie Shearburn, Jack Stelzer, Andrew Trivers, Daniel White, and Donna Wilkinson. 

For more information on the Lambert Art and Culture Program, visit www.flystl.com/art

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