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Lambert Airport Name Change Approved by Board of Aldermen, Mayor

The Mayor of the City of St. Louis and the Board of Aldermen have given their final approval of a board bill that will re-name St. Louis’ airport to St. Louis Lambert International Airport. Formal and public use of the new name is expected to begin in January 2017.

"I am pleased to have signed the bill, officially putting 'St. Louis' first. The new name emphasizes the important link between our City and our Airport, better marketing St. Louis to regional, national, and international visitors, while maintaining a connection to our rich aviation past,” said Mayor Francis Slay. “Leading with St. Louis explains where we are and who we are, helping us make the best case to continue to increase air traffic to our city."

The airport will continue to operate under its current name, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport through January.  

“We are now beginning the formal process to submit the name change to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), as well as notify other agencies and airport partners,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.    

The Airport worked with a committee of local business and marketing leaders over the last year to analyze current marketing and community outreach efforts. The committee proposed the name change in August and the St. Louis Airport Commission gave its approval of the name change in September.  The name change continues to honor the legacy of the airport’s founder, Albert Bond Lambert.

Airport T1 Parking Garage Entrance Reopens, No More Detour for Drivers

Height Restriction for Oversized Vehicles Lifted on Air Flight Drive

The Terminal 1 (T1) Parking Garage entrance at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport reopens after construction on the Lambert International Boulevard (LIB) bridge required its closure.  Work on the westbound LIB lanes has been completed and drivers can once again access the T1 Parking Garage through its main entrance.

Since late July, traffic was detoured around the work zone on the westbound LIB lanes, requiring the T1 Parking Garage entrance to be briefly relocated to the exit plaza of the garage via an interim entry lane on Departing Flights Drive. 

The temporary height restriction for oversized vehicles traveling under the LIB bridge on Air Flight Drive has also been lifted, as the construction phase requiring scaffolding under the bridge is now complete.  Detours are no longer required for large vehicles needing Terminal 1 access.

Work is still ongoing for the eastbound lanes of the LIB bridge.  Drivers will likely see signs of road construction through November and may encounter minor rerouting around work zones until the project’s completion in early December. 

The LIB bridge was built in the 1960’s and repairs and maintenance are required to extend the lifespan of the structure.  The restoration includes replacing bridge bearings, patching concrete, resurfacing the bridge deck and resurfacing the approaching sections of the roadway that connect to the bridge.  

Summer Fade: Lambert Photo of the Week

Flowers are basking in the fading days of warmth on the Terminal 1 Ticketing Level Plaza at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.

Summer’s blooms bred by a full season of warmth will soon begin to fade with the turn to autumn. At Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, there are bouquets of summer annuals overflowing massive planters all along Terminal 1 Departures Drive and the Ticketing Level Plaza. They seem to be thriving without a hint that it’s mid-October, while thousands of passengers are jetting by, officially in light coat mode. It’s the annual up and down, between seasons, weather flux. We’ve faced our coolest mornings this week, yet the next few days we’ll spring back to 80’s.  A few more moments to soak in the shine and hold onto summer’s colors a bit longer, until fall wins. And light coats turn heavy.

Lambert Opening Three New Service Animal Relief Areas in Secured Areas

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is making it easier for travelers with service animals with the debut of new indoor Service Animal Relief Areas (SARA) in each of the airport’s concourses.

SARA’s are now open in Concourse C (near gate C24) and Concourse A (near gate A16). The third SARA will open in Terminal 2 near gate E4 by October 14. These additional facilities will benefit passengers flying with service animals and pets because they can use the new facilities without having to leave the secured areas. The post-security facilities comply with new federal regulations for improved accessibility at major airports in the U.S.    

“This is another step in improving the travel experience for all of our passengers, especially those who rely on service animals to travel,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Now those passengers with long layovers or connecting flights can more easily accommodate their animals with these new facilities without the hassle of going back through a security checkpoint.”

Each of the indoor SARA’s features a 100 sq. ft. wheelchair accessible space that includes a low profile tub covered with artificial turf and a decorative fire hydrant. A hose attached to the wall allows for easy cleanup of liquid waste. A dispenser for bags allows passengers to throw away the remaining animal waste. A sink is also provided for passenger use. Airport’s janitorial teams will monitor the areas to maintain cleanliness. 

Travelers still have the option to use the Airport’s existing SARA’s located outside Terminal 1 (Door 6) and Terminal 2 (Door 15) before or after a flight. Those facilities were installed in 2009.

Airport Fire and Rescue Conducts Live Fire Training Sept 13-15, Producing Smoke

An annual live-burn training exercise conducted by Airport Rescue Fire Fighters (ARFF) will be taking place Sept 13-15. A 50 foot fuselage capable of simulating a fully-engulfed aircraft will be ignited multiple times a day, creating plumes of black smoke that can be seen in the area. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requires yearly training of ARFF emergency response teams using live fires. The training will take place near the airfield in a secured area off of Navaid Road.

Lambert Airport Awarded Missouri Governor’s Leader in Energy Award

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has been awarded the Governor’s Leader in Energy Award. The award was announced September 8 during Missouri Governor Jay Nixon’s 2016 Conference on Economic Development in Kansas City.

The Governor’s Leader in Energy Award honors the Airport’s effort in developing a facility-wide Environmental Management System. Since the late 1980’s, Lambert has worked to develop and implement innovative long-term programs to achieve targeted sustainability goals in energy efficiency, alternative/renewable fuels use, and landfill diversion. In 2012, as part of its new Environmental Management System, Lambert adopted sustainable practices including a centralized waste/recycling system, food waste composting, construction material and equipment reuse and recycling, water conservation efforts and biodiversity policies, including the establishment of a 20-hive honey bee colony.

Currently, Lambert is saving more than $40,000 per month in avoided energy costs after its most recent energy efficiency upgrades at the airport. Additionally, more than 70 percent of its fleet is powered by alternative fuels. The Airport has also diverted more than 350,000 tons of solid waste from area landfills.

St. Louis Airport Commission Votes to Put St. Louis First in Airport Name Change

The St. Louis Airport Commission approved a name change for St. Louis’ airport that puts St. Louis in the lead of its name while continuing to honor its legacy founder, Albert Bond Lambert.

The commission approved a name change to “St. Louis Lambert International Airport,” which would reverse the city and legacy founder’s name once the name change is fully approved. The name change must still be approved by the St. Louis Board of Aldermen.

“This effort is about aligning the Airport with our city and becoming more unified with the brand and marketing power of the St. Louis region,” said Airport Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “We’ve received a lot of feedback in the last few weeks that highlighted the support of our effort to put St. Louis first.”

An airport working group originally proposed “St. Louis International Airport at Lambert Field.” Commissioners amended the proposed name and approved “St. Louis Lambert International Airport.”

“We’ve spent the last few weeks talking with relatives of Albert Bond Lambert and heard how important it was that Lambert still have a vital position in the airport’s name,” said Hamm-Niebruegge.  “The current naming strategy does that. With support of our major business leaders, community organizations, our stakeholders and our commissioners, we believe the new name provides a key foundation for the Airport to soon adopt a more cohesive and global marketing platform.”

An overwhelming majority of the top 100 airports in the U.S. are geographically named. Lambert Airport’s airlines operated 250 daily departures to nearly 70 non-stop destinations this past summer. Lambert has served 8,020,558 total passengers through July of 2016, which is an increase of nine percent over the same period in 2015.

Airport Unveils “Blue Lady,” an Exclusive Art of Travel Print by Carlos Zamora

A shimmering 1920s beauty with a passion for future flight is a stunning illustration by Carlos Zamora, who has unveiled his poster design for Lambert-St. Louis International Airport’s 2016 Art of Travel event.

Zamora donated his talents as long-time creative director and illustrator to design “Blue Lady.” He is a Co-Chair of the 2016 Art of Travel host committee. The Cuban-born and St. Louis advocate has had illustrations published by the New York Observer, The Boston Globe, Ad Age, American Lawyer, The Wall Street Journal and St. Louis Magazine. He is a former President of AIGA St. Louis - the professional association of Design, and serves as a brand chair on several boards in the city.

The 6th annual Art of Travel celebrates The Dawn of St. Louis Aviation in 1920’s style on Thursday, October 6, 2016 from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. A limited number of Zamora’s “Blue Lady” prints, produced on 100% cotton archival museum paper, will be available to guests that evening donating to the Lambert Art & Culture Program. Event sponsors will also receive a signed, limited edition print. Sponsorships are still available. 

Individual tickets are $75 in advance at www.ArtOfTravelSTL.com or $100 at the door.  Dining, drinks, parking and entertainment are included.  Proceeds from the event benefit the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which enhances the visual appearance and cultural connectivity of the airport through art and exhibitions in the terminals and concourses.

The Airport held its inaugural Art of Travel event in 2011. Carlos Zamora designed the first poster that year in what is now a treasured annual tradition for the Airport’s fundraising event. Co-Chairs for the 2016 Art of Travel are Cabanne and Jim Howard, Carlos and Juliana Zamora, and Jessica and Jacob Herschend.  

The Lambert Art and Culture program features both visual and performing arts, and highlights the unique art and culture in the St. Louis region, as well as works from national and international scenes.  Funds raised at previous Art of Travel events has enabled Lambert Airport to showcase works from renowned artists such as Alicia LaChance, Ken Konchel, Daniel Raedeke, John Foster, Steven Ladd and William Ladd.  Many more artists have been featured in curated exhibitions by local organizations such as Craft Alliance, The Sheldon Art Galleries, The Missouri History Museum, The International Photography Hall of Fame,  Griot Museum, Foundry Art Centre and the World Chess Hall of Fame.

The Power of Art in All on Showcase in the Lambert Airport Gallery

The power of art is in everyone. That is the essence of a new exhibition by Artists First now on display at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. The exhibition, Different Filter, Different Lens: Artists First features the works of individuals often referred to as “outsider artists,” individuals who have reinvented their selves by tapping into newly discovered creative talents. 

Artists First is a nonprofit organization which serves adults with disabilities, youth with and without disabilities, and current and former Armed Service members from the greater St. Louis area.

The Airport exhibition showcases three dimensional objects as well as small paintings and collages, crafted in the Artists First studio with guidance by facilitators

“The artists at the Artists First studio demonstrate a concerted effort to focus on creating visual art. The results vary from self-referential, or autobiographical imagery, and caricatures, to celebratory decoration,” said Sheila Suderwalla, Executive Director.  “The purpose of this exhibition demonstrates the power of creative expression in the lives of disenfranchised individuals with disabilities but also examines the various media, imagery, and techniques specific to each individual.”

Different Lens/ Different Filter is on display in The Lambert Gallery in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim through January 1, 2017.

The exhibition is supported by funding from the Regional Arts Commission.  The Lambert Gallery exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art. 

Lambert Exhibition Showcases St. Louis Artist’s Love for Geometry and Space

Geometry and space are the inspirations for St. Louis artist Thomas Sleet, who has introduced the latest exhibition at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport. “Studies in Topology” is now on display in the Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge through January 2017.

Starting with commonly available materials, Thomas Sleet's work weaves themes of organic structure, migration, infinite multiples, and culture with systems of individual marks. The ten works on display at Lambert are created from wood and acrylic with repeated shapes—in both material and spaces between. Sleet arranges a foundation of simple shapes into stacks of new geometric forms in contrasting black, white and some gray.

Thomas Sleet attended Columbus College of Art and Design and Washington University in St. Louis - Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, where he received his B.F.A.  Sleet has been featured in solo exhibitions throughout St. Louis and is featured in numerous permanent collections.

The works are courtesy of the Bruno David Gallery in St. Louis and the exhibition is supported by the Regional Arts Commission.  The Terminal 1 Ticketing Lounge exhibit space is part of the Lambert Art and Culture Program, which supports art works and cultural experiences throughout Lambert Airport. For the latest art installations and exhibitions, visit flystl.com/art.    

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