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"Tornado-damaged Lambert concourse may take year to rebuild"
Wednesday, June 01, 2011
Tornado-damaged concourse may take year to rebuild
BY KEN LEISER
The St. Louis (MO) Post-Dispatch
It may take up to a year to rebuild the tornado-damaged C Concourse at
Lambert-St. Louis International Airport, airport officials said today.
Lambert Director Rhonda Hamm-Niebruegge told the St. Louis Airport Authority
that the structure is intact. But the roof must be replaced before
reconstruction can begin.
"Everything that we have seen is that we know that the C can be rebuilt,"
Hamm-Niebruegge said. "It is not a tear-down."
Airlines that used the C Concoursewere moved to gates in the B and D
Concourses, which were not in use before the tornado hit on April 22.
Meantime, it may take four to six months to replace the blown-out windows
that have been boarded up in the front of Terminal 1. The windows were
originally installed in 1956. Airport officials say they are still working
with their insurance carrier to develop damage estimates. A full report is
expected at the end of the month.
In addition, Hamm-Niebruegge added, the airport will continue the renovation
of the airport's main concourse and A Concourse - neither of which was badly
damaged in the tornado.
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