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Seven-year-old Lydia Robertson and her 10-year old brother,Samuel, take on a game of chess while their parents keep a look out for family arriving at Lambert on Friday.
Waiting games are a part of life at airports. At Lambert, it’s a different waiting game that greets folks who purposely intend to wait it out when it comes to greeting passengers as soon as they exit the terminal. Lambert holds the exclusive distinction (we think) of being the only airport to offer chess, free to the public. It’s part of the World Chess Hall of Fame’s exhibit Chess Inspires... at the Meeting Place Gallery, which overlooks the exit from the C Concourse Checkpoint. We found Lydia and Samuel Robertson of Jefferson City grinning out a quick game as they waited with their parents for an arriving passenger this week. The exhibit and the open chess table will be on display through December.
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.
World War II Veteran John Adams decides which hat to wear before boarding the Honor Tour flight at Terminal 2.
Twenty-five World War II veterans gathered at Lambert- St. Louis International Airport to fly to Washington D. C. for the weekend thanks to the USO. Among those taking part of the yearly Honor Tour was World War II Veteran John Adams. Adams joined the Navy in 1938. Adams said he heard great things about the Honor Tour. “First class all the way,” laughed Adams. A big Cardinals fan, Adams said he usually would have on his Cardinals wear, but today he was honoring the time he served his country.
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.
Iron workers set beams in place for expanded baggage operations at Terminal 2.
Iron workers were on their game this week as steel was flying in the mix of aircraft coming and going at Terminal 2. Lambert is building a new automated Checked Baggage Inline Screening System (CBIS) that will greatly improve the security and delivery of bags from ticket counters to aircraft. To do this, Lambert is redesigning and expanding its baggage operation footprint at Terminal 2. This steel structure will house a new area for airline workers to unload bags from arriving flights.
Tom Rhodes and Kathy Heller of Lackey Sheet Metal finish the installation of a colunm cover in Terminal 1 Bag Claim.
There’s a major campaign underway at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. It’s a column campaign. The Airport is in the final year of its $70 million Airport Experience Program. The program’s renovations are producing a major interior transformation of Terminal 1 and its connected concourses. The clean and modern feel of the Airport’s renovated spaces include higher ceilings and brighter lights. To finish off the look, all structural columns are getting a makeover, too. More than 115 column covers, made of a plastic and metal composite material, are being installed as the renovation progresses through Terminal 1.
A flight takes off from Lambert as crews hoist a new flag pole into place in front of Terminal 1.
All flags on duty. That was the call this week after crews finished the installation of two new 72-ft flag poles in front of Terminal 1 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The original poles were damaged during the 2011 spring tornado. Crews connected the sections of the poles and installed the hoisting gear on site before a crane did the heavy lifting. Since that tornado, the American flag has been flying solo. Now the Airport is once again flying four flags with return of the Missouri state flag, City of St. Louis flag and the Airport flag.
Crews are starting to install the next generation of display screens on the west flight display tower in Lambert’s Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby.
Do the math: 7x4x4. Those are the numbers behind the major monitor upgrade for Lambert’s two flight display towers in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lobby. The break down: Seven monitors across, four monitors high, and two sides per tower. It all adds up to 112 new 46" LCD monitors, which will create four seamless video walls for flight and airport information. The upgrade means swapping out projector screens with bulbs for more energy efficient flat screens with LED imaging technology. The video walls will be brighter and easier to read. The project will be completed within the next several weeks.
A rooftop view of Lambert’s reconstruction project on Runway 12R-30L.
A rooftop view gives the best perspective to a massive project underway to reconstruct a major portion of Runway 12R-30L. For weeks now, contractors have been chipping away at the decades old runway in preparation for a new concrete base that needs to handle hundreds of aircraft landings and takeoffs each day. In the forefront, is a massive hill built from the remnants of the former runway. The old concrete is crushed for reuse as a base for the new runway. The project will be completed by late fall.
Joelyn Levy popped out the umbrella while dropping off her parents at Terminal 1 on Friday.
The brutal summer is officially coming to an end with the extended reach of Hurricane Isaac. The hurricane throttled the gulf coast this week and the super slow bands of rain have reached Missouri. At Lambert, visitors were forced to find their umbrellas, which probably haven’t seen any tours of duty for months. The St. Louis area is expected to receive up to five inches of rain through the weekend ending with a sunny Labor Day on Monday. After punishing heat and widespread drought, there will be few complaints if Isaac holds back on flooding and delivers just a well needed soaker.
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