Campus Developments

Salem State University is committed to providing students both a high-quality education and a suitable environment for academic and personal growth. Through campus developments and capital improvements, the university can compete with the multitude of higher education options throughout Massachusetts, bringing students from cities and towns throughout the state, the country and the world to Salem.

Please click on the links below for current updates and neighborhood presentations on specific projects. You may also visit the Salem State construction blog around active and planned university construction projects.

Construction Work Hours  

Off-Hour Work

There is no off-hour work scheduled at this time.

Normal Work Hours

Normal construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7 am to 5 pm.


The next meeting of the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee is scheduled for Wednesday, August 20, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Training Room (room 106) of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.


Utility Upgrade

The university will be upgrading the drainage system in the Peabody Hall parking lot as part of flood abatement. The work will begin on Monday, July 28 and is expected to be completed by the end of August. Only a small portion of parking in the lot will be impacted during this time. A schematic of the work area can be seen on the construction blog.

Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Salem State University is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), we are moving forward with our plans for renovations to the interior and exterior of the Mainstage Theatre, soon to be dedicated as the Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the project’s architectural firm, presented plans for the renovation at the January 15 meeting of the SSUNAC. Click here to view the presentation. Click here to view the logistics plan for construction. An updated schematic of the planned construction logistic plan for the Gordon Center renovation has been posted. The plan explains how foot traffic in the area will be handled during construction which is due to start this August. Demolition work is expected to begin later this summer.

North Campus Parking Garage

In partnership with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), the university is planning a parking garage for the lower parking lot on North Campus next to Peabody Hall. The link to this presentation shows the site plan for the new parking garage as well as preliminary design concepts from Desman Associates.

We look forward to your questions and comments on these projects. Please feel free to leave comments on the construction blog or email them to


Sasaki Associates presented concepts for a campus master vision that looks to the year 2040 at the SSUNAC meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Please click here to view the presentation.

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Contact the university police emergency hotline 24 hours a day/seven days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues regarding construction.



Updated on July 25, 2014.