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 visit the Salem State construction blog for current updates and neighborhood presentations on active and planned university construction projects.

Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SSUNAC)

The next meeting of the SSUNAC is scheduled for Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Training Room (room 106) of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.  Agenda items include: 

  •     287 Lafayette Street – Landscape presentation
  •     Parking garage – Update on construction progress and precast staging/truck routes

Construction Work Hours 

Off-Hour Work

On Saturday, May 16 starting at 8 a.m., Turner Construction will continue work on interior finishes of Viking Hall.

Normal Work Hours

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

Active Projects

All presentations given at the SSUNAC meetings on these projects can be viewed on the construction blog.

North Campus Parking Garage

In partnership with the Massachusetts State College Building Authority (MSCBA), the university is building a parking garage for the lower parking lot on North Campus next to Peabody Hall. The construction of the parking garage has begun. Parking in the Peabody Hall lot will remain available until the garage is complete. Heavy and loud construction activities will not begin before 8 a.m., although regular construction hours will be from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. so there may be some activity on site before 8.

The installation of geopiers is complete. Foundations work continues. Footing pours for the foundation will bring 5 to 10 trucks per day. All queuing for the pours will be on site.

Removal of the large dirt piles has begun and is expected to be complete by Wednesday of next week. There will still be smaller piles of dirt moving throughout the site as foundations are installed. Any dirt will have dust control measures in place.

Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Interior abatement and demolition is ongoing.

Science Building Study

Payette architectural firm presented the siting of the new science building at the SSUNAC meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The link to this presentation can be viewed on the construction blog.

Ellison Campus Center Study

Dimella Shaffer Architects presented an Ellison Campus Center Study Review and gathered community input at the SSUNAC meeting on Wednesday, April 15. The link to this presentation can be viewed on the construction blog.

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

Master Vision Concepts

Sasaki Associates presented concepts for a campus master vision that looks to the year 2040 at the SSUNAC meeting on Wednesday, April 17, 2013. Click here to review the Master Vision Report.

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Updated on May 15, 2015.