St. Louis International Airport to Undergo Massive Glass Replacement
April 27, 2011

While the Lambert-St. Louis International Airport may once again be operating on its full schedule, damages are far from fully repaired. The tornadoes that ripped through the airport last weekend shattered and destroyed much of the glass, leaving windows blown out in several terminals. Airport officials reported that Terminal 1 and Concourse C suffered the most damage from the storm with high winds that blew out up to 50 percent of windows. And with so much glass damage throughout the airport, officials there say it will be some time before replacement work is complete.

“Damage assessments and insurance assessments will continue for a few weeks so we don’t have any information regarding the replacement project for building glass,” says Jeff Lea, the airport’s public relations manager. He explains estimates on the total amount of damage to glass are still being worked up.

“Some damage may not be obvious now (i.e., the glass may still be in place) but after engineering or construction studies, [those pieces] would be considered damaged,” says Lea.

As for now, Lea says that the broken glass panels have been board up throughout the damaged areas. Information is not yet available as to when the glass will be replaced or who will be handling the replacement.

“All construction related to the rebuilding or permanent replacement of the damaged infrastructure will be handled through the normal construction bid processes followed by the City of St. Louis and the construction division, formally called the Board of Public Service,” says Lea.

Damages, of course, extended beyond just the airport. Rick Trauterman, one of the owners of North Side Glass Co. in St. Louis, says while the glass damage throughout the area has indeed been massive—pointing out that one building in particular lost about 90 pieces of glass—his company has yet to receive any calls as a result.

“It’s probably still too early,” Trauterman says. “I expect the adjusters and insurance companies have to get involved first.”

And he adds, “We’re waiting to start getting those calls.”

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