Just in time for the busy Christmas-holiday travel rush, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has officially ended a year-long renovation of its Concourse A with...

Just in time for the busy Christmas-holiday travel rush, Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has officially ended a year-long renovation of its Concourse A.

The final set of newly redesigned restrooms in Concourse A (used by Delta Air Lines, United and US Airways) is now open near Gate A2. The airport celebrated the renovation completion by unveiling two more sets of art-glass screens created by St. Louis-area artists.

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport has also reached a major milestone in its terminal renovations with the opening this week of the newly reconfigured checkpoint lanes for the B and D gates (American, Frontier and Cape Air). New terrazzo flooring and an expanded post-security area are part of the project. The checkpoint is operating with four lanes and will expand to eight lanes once other phases of the checkpoint project are completed.

This is Edna Patterson-Petty’s art-glass screen 'A Whimsical View', at Gate A8 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

The concourse and terminal improvements are part of Lambert’s $70 million renovation campaign, which it has lebeled the ‘Airport Experience Program’.

Concourse A has seen a dramatic change in 2011 with new tile in the central corridor, new circular lighting, brighter ceilings, new carpet, new signage, new digital directories and fully renovated restrooms. All restrooms feature ADA-compliant counters, restroom stalls and restroom fixtures, along with new lighting, new tile wall surfaces and terrazzo flooring.

The Airport Experience also launched Lambert’s new ‘Art and Culture Program’. The art-glass screens are the airport’s first commissioned works of art in two decades. The final installations in Concourse A include Edna Patterson-Petty’s ‘A Whimsical View’ at Gate A8. Patterson-Petty, a multi-media fabric artist, created a design based upon a deconstructed quilt.

This photograph shows Lauren Adams' art-glass screen 'Untitled (Missouri Coverlet Abstraction 1850s to 2010)', at Gate A4 at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Gate A4 features Lauren Adams’ ‘Untitled (Missouri Coverlet Abstraction 1850s to 2010)’. In this work, Adams has created an interpretation of an 1850s fabric coverlet that is in the collection of the Saint Louis Art Museum. The concourse now features four works of art consisting of three side-by-side glass panels measuring 5.5 ft high and 3 ft wide.

Five more sets of art glass panels will be installed in Concourse C following its full renovation, which is scheduled to be completed in April.

The Airport Experience Program began in 2008 to improve passenger services, airport operations and deliver a dramatic visual make-over of Terminal 1 and Concourses A & C. It is the largest interior renovation project in Lambert-St. Louis International Airport listory.

Terminal 1 was designed by architect Minoru Yamasaki and opened in 1956. The improvements aim to create a more inviting, brighter and more open airport that still pays tribute to its historic architecture and history. Lambert is now in Phase II of the program, which began in early 2011. Concourse improvements include the renovation of all restrooms, new flooring, new ceilings and new lighting.

The artist and staff unveil the art-glass screen 'A Whimsical View' by Edna Patterson-Petty at Lambert-St. Louis International Airport''s Gate A8

Renovations to Terminal 1 began in early April. The dramatic make-over in the terminal includes the relocation of the C Concourse checkpoint, new meet/greet areas, updated restrooms, new ticket counters, new Ticket Lobby flooring and higher and brighter ceilings in the lower level and baggage claim.

New signage and the introduction of art are also part of the Airport Experience Program.

Phase I projects already completed include the interior restoration of Terminal 1 domed ceilings, new baggage carousels in Terminal 1 and a complete overhaul of signage on roadways in and out of the airport.

The Airport Experience Program campaign is scheduled to be completed in late fall 2012.

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