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.
Santa takes a seat to welcome arriving passengers in a new holiday scene in the Terminal 1 Bag Claim.
Ho Ho Ho and a big holiday hello. Lambert-St. Louis International Airport is dressed up for the Christmas season to help spread the season’s good cheer. Passengers are being greeted with holiday colors at ticket counters and gate areas. Arriving passengers get a festive hello and welcome to St. Louis, too, especially in Terminal 1. The Bag Claim features two major holiday displays near Carousel 1. The first features Santa and his dog next to a Christmas tree swamped with presents and a toy train. An equally impressive display is Lambert’s wild winter scene which features snow frosted trees, deer nibbling at a rocky brook and of course, a snowman. The window displays were created by Lambert’s Field Maintenance and Sign Shop teams. For more photos, click here.
Melynda Lamb leads the Pattonville H.S. Choir for a holiday performance at Lambert this week.
St. Louis has an amazing community of voices. Some of those voices will be in the spotlight for the annual holiday caroling at the Airport. With tremendous support through the St. Louis Christmas Carols Association, two dozen organizations are scheduled to perform in Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 through December. Schools, churches and community choirs get a chance to lift the spirits of travelers and Airport visitors with traditional, and maybe not so traditional holiday songs.
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.
A Runway Hold Position marker is bonded to the concrete pavement of a runway intersction at Lambert.
Lambert’s major reconstruction of the west end of Runway 12R-30L was completed this week. On the final day of the project, crews were busy laying down the final pavement markings that are crucial for the safe navigation of aircraft and airfield vehicles. Lambert uses a relatively new technology with the application of thermoplastic surface markings. Pre-cut and pre-colored pavement "decals" are imbedded with highly reflective glass beads. The material is then bonded to the pavement with a machine that literally irons it directly to the surface. Thermoplastic markings have a lifespan of five years or more which reduces maintenance versus traditional markings that are painted to the surface.
Just a small sample of dangerous tools and weapons that are banned from being carried on to planes by passengers.
Hairspray. Drill bits. Tin metal sheers. Baseball bats. Hammers. Cordless Drills. These are just a fraction of items that are banned from carry-ons on airplanes these days. Yet, they’re all items that have been found on passengers at Lambert and ultimately confiscated in the name of aviation safety. More obvious weapons like guns, knives and brass nuckles have also been confiscated at Lambert and other airports nationwide. The TSA put the items on display this week for a news conference on the upcoming holiday travel season. Lambert, the TSA and our airlines shared information and tips to help the public prepare for security measures, longer lines and more people through the Thanksgiving weekend.
Jake, a White-Tailed Deer, overlooks Lambert’s Airfield this week from the tail of a Frontier Airlines Airbus A319.
Lambert’s airfield is no safe place for animals, unless you’re talking about a certain clan of tail-hogging creatures who fly high for Frontier Airlines. Frontier has a whole fleet of animals in flight- more than 60 in fact. Frontier calls them spokesanimals with names like Larry the Lynx, Foxy the Fox, Grizwald the Bear and Jack the Rabbit. And who is that above? That’s Jake the White-Tailed Deer roaming a different field of sorts. The plane animals can also talk...at least in their very popular commercials. Check it out at flyfrontier.com.
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