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Throwback Thursday: Government Center Station

Celebrating 60 Years


In honor of celebrating 60 years, F&T is sharing past projects and clients from over the years.

This week’s Throwback Thursday: Government Center Station in Boston, Massachusetts, which was completed in 2016.


Fitzemeyer & Tocci was contracted to provide full HVAC, electrical, plumbing and fire protection services for the $87 million renovation of the Government Center MBTA station. This renovation included the Government Center Headhouse and the Blue and Green Line stations.


The project provided A.D.A. improvements to the Green Line Station, the Blue Line Station and the plaza under Boston’s Scollay Square Reconstruction Program. The design was incorporated into the City of Boston’s Master design plans and included new elevators, escalators, LED signage and a new raised platform. The new main headhouse was carefully designed in coordination with architectural window selection to ensure proper environmental comfort was being met.


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The Blue line work included a new emergency exit headhouse with a subsurface mezzanine connecting to the newly added platform. The project improved the internal connectivity between the Green and Blue lines and upgraded all emergency egress pathway sot new code requirements. Also included were upgrades to the electrical unit substations, improved interior station finishes, and all new mechanical systems, lighting, and public address systems.

Special design considerations were given to the areas of refuge for full occupant evacuation in an emergency event. The new mechanical and electrical systems were also interfaced with the main tunnel emergency exhaust system for proper operation during a smoke event within the tunnel systems. F&T worked closely with the MBTA, Boston Fire Department and all project stakeholders to provide a safe and efficient design.

The project earned a 2017 Diamond Award in Transportation and is now an iconic centerpiece to the Government Center area.


Construction Cost: $70M

Year Completed: 2016

Architect: HDR, Inc.



Photo Source: Pi.1415926535, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

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