The MBTA Yawkey Station in Boston. Lorenzo Sanjuan / Thornton Tomasetti.

MBTA Yawkey Station



Thornton Tomasetti served as the lead designer, providing structural engineering and geotechnical engineering for a design-build project to construct a new commuter rail station along the Framingham Line for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA). Located adjacent to historic Fenway Park, the project includes a two-story head-house structure, storage areas, stairs to outbound and inbound platforms, and 640 feet of new platform for the inbound and outbound tracks.

As the lead designer for the contractor, our project management team coordinated all disciplines, including architectural, MEP and civil, among others and served as the main point of contact between the owner and the contractor.

The Structure
The platform is constructed of precast-concrete double tees founded on cast-in-place concrete pier caps over pressure-injected footings and minipiles. The station head house at the platform level is a cast-in-place concrete slab, with shear walls around the elevator cores. The formwork for the exposed concrete elevator and stair walls was cast with an architectural textured finish. Steel framing supports the crossover level between the outbound and inbound tracks, as well as the head-house roof structure. Cantilevered steel-framed canopies along the inbound and outbound platforms provide shelter for the passengers.

Designed to Support Future Development
The concrete piers along the platform currently support the platform lighting, and their foundations were coordinated and designed to support a future multi-level air rights parking garage.

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