Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has reached another major milestone in its $70 million Airport Experience Program. The Airport has completed renovations and reopened the final set of restrooms in Terminal 1 to meet the demand of the Christmas holiday travel rush.
The renovated restrooms are located in the lower level of Terminal 1 near the entrance to the A Concourse security checkpoint. The Men’s, Women’s and Family Assist restrooms feature bright white counters, colorful tile wall surfaces, new lighting, new stalls and new plumbing fixtures. Restroom features are all ADA compliant. Because of the restrooms’ location to the USO, the Airport also added additional mirrors, seating and hooks to accommodate military personnel who often need to make uniform changes at the Airport.
In the last 18 months, Lambert has renovated nine sets of restrooms in Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. The Airport also built a new set of restrooms in Terminal 1 Bag Claim to provide closer facilities for passengers exiting the C Concourse.
“For our passengers and our employees, the complete makeover of our restrooms is one of the most important projects in this entire campaign,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge.
In other Airport Experience news, the Airport has also completed a new entertainment stage in the lower level of Terminal 1 directly across from Starbucks and The Pasta House restaurants. The stage will be used for various events and performances. The Airport’s annual holiday choir performances, sponsored by the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, are now being staged at this new location. Performances are scheduled through December 21. The stage space is enhanced by a new atrium that opens to the upper level Ticketing Lobby in Terminal 1.
The renovations to the lower level are now more than 90 percent complete. Higher, brighter ceilings along with new circular lighting have transformed the lower level and Bag Claim into a more welcoming space. The Airport is continuing its work in phases on the upper level with new ticket counters and new terrazzo flooring. The Airport Experience Program is scheduled to be completed in 2013.
A Chevy Volt is the first vehicle to be hooked up to the Airport’s new electric charging stations at Super Park Lot A.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has launched a new service that caters to those who fuel up with a plug versus a gasoline nozzle. Lambert is now offering free charging for electric vehicles at the Airport’s Super Park Lot A, which is directly across from Terminal 1. There are five charging stations available-offered first come, first serve. Super Park offers quick and convenient shuttle service to both terminals. The new service was installed to meet the growing trend in electrical vehicles in the region. The Airport is plugging in, too. Lambert has purchased four GEM electric vehicles, which will be used for parking lot patrols and light maintenance operations.
Electric vehicle owners can now park at Super Park Lot A, directly across from Terminal 1, and get a free charge during the stay. The Airport has also purchased four compact GEM electric vehicles for its Super Park operations, which includes two terminal garages and four long-term lots.
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is beginning a project to overhaul two major entrances to Terminal 1. Damage from the April 22, 2011 tornado created an opportunity to redesign the terminal’s lower level entrances which will better enhance Lambert’s historic architecture. Lambert is building sleek, all-glass enclosed walkways with generous support from Eastman Chemical Company, as well as insurance proceeds. The glass panels will allow natural lighting to brighten the pathway for the public to and from the lower level Bag Claim. Eastman’s Saflex® and Vanceva® interlayers bring safety, security and UV protection to the laminated glass. LLumar® decorative window films provide a distinct design pattern to the enclosed walkways. The project will be completed in the spring of 2013.
“When the tornados hit our region last spring, we knew we wanted to bring increased safety to Lambert-St. Louis International Airport,” said Eric Nichols, vice president and general manager of Eastman’s advanced interlayers product lines. “Saflex® PVB interlayers for laminated glass and Eastman’s performance films’ Llumar® post applied decorative window films bring both safety and UV protection to the pedestrian walkway project at the main terminal. Our products are used in airport applications around the world, and we are happy these products will welcome visitors to the St. Louis region through our “gateway,” Lambert-St. Louis International Airport.”
Eastman’s Saflex® interlayers were also used in the replacement glass for the Terminal 1 vaulted curtain walls on the upper level, which were also heavily damaged during the 2011 tornado. The Terminal Entrances Project was designed by exp. US Services. C. Rallo Contracting is the prime contractor for the project.
The Terminal Entrances reconstruction is part of the overall tornado restoration campaign by the Airport totaling approximately $22 million. The Airport is also in the final months of its $70 million Airport Experience Program, which will be the largest interior renovation of Terminal 1 (built1956) and its concourses when it’s completed in 2013. Improvements include renovated restrooms, higher ceilings, new lighting, new interior wall and flooring surfaces, new wayfinding signage and digital directories.
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.
Lambert's C Concourse will welcome US Airways on Thursday October 18. The airline will move its gate operations from the A Concourse to Gates C16, 18, C24 effective with the first flights out on Thursday.
There will be no disruption of flights with the move. The US Airways check-in process in Terminal 1 will remain the same but passengers will begin to use the C Concourse checkpoint.
“We think the US Airways move will have a significant positive impact to balance the passenger load between concourses to help reduce security checkpoint wait times on the A Concourse,” said Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “Furthermore, the recently expanded C Checkpoint will easily accommodate the increased passenger demand with this change.”
US Airways is Lambert’s 4th largest airlines (6.5% market share) operating 17 flights a day to Charlotte, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Phoenix. More than 1,100 passengers fly on US Airways daily.
Avoid parking fees the next time you pick up a passenger. Lambert provides free waiting zones for motorists near each terminal.