Construction of New Residence Hall Begins

Construction of New Residence Hall Begins; Plans in Place for a New Library

The ceremonial groundbreaking for a new 525-student residence hall on Central Campus is history. Now steel, brick and mortar are beginning to assume the shape of a building that will bring Salem State's on-campus student population up to 30 percent.

Taking part in the ceremony were, from left: Joel R. Whitman, chair of the Salem State College Assistance Corporation; Jacob Segal, chair of the Salem State Board of Trustees; Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll '89; James T. Morris, chair of the Massachusetts State College Building Authority; Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education Richard Freeland; Salem State President Patricia Maguire Meservey; Congressman John Tierney '73; and Representative John Keenan.

The $57.5 million building project, which was financed with revenue bonds sold by the Massachusetts State College Building Authority, is expected to be completed in time for the opening of the fall 2010 semester.

The building, which will house mostly sophomores, is being sited on Central Campus to create a quadrangle with the existing residence hall, essentially creating a courtyard between the two buildings.

Designed to achieve status as a "green" building with a LEED (Leadership in Energy and Efficiency Design) certification of silver or higher, it will include a 325-seat dining facility as well as a large and small meeting space, all of which will be open for use by the entire campus.

Meanwhile, plans have been made to replace the library on Lafayette Street that was closed more than a year ago due to serious structural deficiencies.

The new, 120,000 square-foot library facility on North Campus, between the existing library and the Ellison Campus Center, is scheduled for completion in 2012.