STL Airport Begins Construction of Lactation Suites in Concourses
Posted on July 01, 2019 in Media Releases
Breastfeeding mothers will soon have private spaces to nurse or breastpump at St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL). Construction has begun on three post-security Lactation Suites in Concourses A, C and E. The 80 sq. ft. spaces are expected to open by mid-August.
The Lactation Suites will be ADA-compliant and are located within each concourse near gates A10, C9 and E33. Each space will each feature a sink, power outlets, a full-back club chair with a moveable arm table. Doors will have a locking feature with an occupied notification mechanism. Additional amenities include a moveable ottoman and a bench for additional seating or a place to store travel items during the use of the space. The interior will also feature calming wall finishes. The exterior walls will feature St. Louis inspired digital artwork.
“The design, amenities and ambience of the spaces are based on a combination of new federal regulations as well as feedback from passengers and focus groups,” said STL Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge. “These spaces will provide a private, dignified location to breastfeed or breastpump for mothers traveling through the Airport.”
The Lactation Suites will open more than a year before the September 2020 deadline set for medium and large airports to provide these facilities, as set out in the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018.
The design of the new Lactation Suites were created in partnership with Arcturis, a St. Louis design and architecture firm.