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.

Arborist On-Site in Peabody Hall Parking Lot

Salem State University has retained a certified arborist to inventory and evaluate the trees that border the property of the Peabody Hall parking lot in preparation for the construction of the parking garage. The purpose is to employ tree protection activities designed to preserve and protect tree health prior to site disturbance. To that end, the arborist has fertilized the roots of these trees on the university’s property. In addition, the arborist will be pruning the west side crowns of 42 identified trees that overhang university property Tuesday, November 25 and Wednesday, November 26. These steps are being taken to provide protection and care for these trees during upcoming construction, scheduled to begin March 2015.

The arborist to be on site in the Peabody Hall parking lot on Thursday, November 20 from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, November 22, from 10 a.m. to 12 noon to answer any questions regarding the pruning of the trees..

Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SSUNAC)

The next meeting of the SSUNAC is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 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

Weather permitting, Turner Construction will be working on roofing, interior and exterior framing, stairs and site cleanup on Saturday, November 15 starting at 8 a.m.

North Campus Dining Commons Roof Work

The replacement of the air handlers on the roof of the Dining Commons on North Campus that was scheduled for last Saturday was postponed until Saturday, November 22, weather permitting. A crane will be placed at the bottom of Meier Drive near the Dining Commons.  A tractor trailer truck will back down Meier Drive carrying the new units which will be installed using the crane. The units will then be connected. The contractor will not begin before 8 AM on November 22.

Normal Work Hours

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


September 17, 2014 - The presentation included property line distances and views of the parking garage on North Campus.

August 20, 2014 - 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.

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

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. Some interior demolition has begun. Mobilization of the site is expected for the end of November. The re-design of the sign for this building is anticipated to be presented at the SSUNAC meeting on February 18, 2015.


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. Click here to review the Master Vision Report.

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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 November 14, 2014.