Government Center stop's glass issue won't cost city, impact opening

Contractor will pay to replace 358 glass panels that showed signs of leaks. The issue isn't expected to delay the station's opening in spring.
The glass structure makes up the station's new "headhouse."NIC CZARNECKI/METRO

An issue with glass at the in-construction Government Center T stop is nothing to worry about, officials said this week.


The glass on the big structure in the plaza, called a “headhouse,” will need to be replaced after showing signs of fogging, MBTA’s General Manager Frank DePaola said at a Monday board meeting, according to reports. That means moisture is getting between the building’s double-panes.


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The city won’t have to pay for the replacement – the contractor for the project, Barletta Heavy Division, will, according to Michael Verseckes, MassDOT spokesperson.


“The glass windows delivered to Government Center for the station reconstruction project have arrived with a sealant to keep moisture out of double paned glass that failed,” Verseckes told Metro via email. “It appears to be a manufacturing issue and as such the T will not be responsible for the cost of replacement.”

It also won’t delay the station’s opening, planned for spring, Verseckes said.

All 358 glass panels will need to be replaced – anywhere between 50 and 100 at a time, he said.