Work to restore Lambert-St Louis International Airport after the devastating tornado that ripped through the gateway in April, could take up to a year to complete, according to engineers.
The airport’s Concourse C has been closed since the tornado hit due to extensive damage and has been undergoing engineering and insurance assessments.
According to preliminary engineering reports, work to restore the existing concourse, which includes building a whole new roof, could take nine to 12 months.
Rhonda Hamm–Niebruegge, airport director at Lambert–St Louis, said: “The structure is intact. The roof has to be replaced and even the membrane has to be replaced. That is critical.
“We’re trying to get that out to bid because we need that to be under a new roof before we can start construction.”
The tornado also destroyed the original 1956 windows in the airport’s Terminal 1 building, so the floor–to–ceiling windows and their frames also need to be replaced. Hamm–Niebruegge said the work on Terminal 1 could take four to six months to complete.
She said: “We would like to obviously keep the original curtain wall to shorten the timeframe but we don’t know the answer to that yet.”
While Concourse C is closed, its concessions and airlines (American; Frontier; Air Tran and Cape Air) will operate from temporary locations on Concourses B and D.
Lambert St–Louis is still working with its insurance provider, Lexington, on damage assessments, which should be completed by the end of June.