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.

Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SSUNAC)

The presentation given at this week’s SSUNCA meeting has been posted. The presentation included information on Salem Renewal LLC’s project at 287 Lafayette Street as well as the design and development of the parking garage on North Campus. Any questions or comments about the presentation or any other neighborhood related topic are welcome in the External Affairs office at 978-542-7757 or


The next meeting of the SSUNAC is scheduled for Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Training Room (room 106) of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.

Construction Work Hours  

Off-Hour Work

Turner Construction has informed the university that they will be working on utilities and exterior wall installation at Viking Hall on Saturday, September 13 starting at 8 a.m.

Normal Work Hours

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


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.

To review the traffic studies conducted for this project, click the following links:

Traffic Impact and Access Study

North Campus Access Study

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

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.


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 September 12, 2014.