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 will be closed from Wednesday, December 24 2014, through Friday, January 3, 2015. Contact the Campus Police emergency hotline 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues related to the university.

Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee (SSUNAC)

The next meeting of the SSUNAC is scheduled for Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 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 continue work on roofing, interior and exterior framing, stairs and site on Saturday December 20 and Saturday, January 3 starting at 8 a.m..

There will be no construction activity on December 25 or January 1.

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

The logistics plan for this project is expected to be presented to the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee at the January 21 meeting.

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.

In preparation for this project, the university engaged a certified arborist to evaluate the trees along the east side of the Peabody Hall parking lot. The arborist was charged to both prune the west side crowns of the trees that overhang onto university property as well as provide protection and care for the trees during construction.  To that end, the arborist fertilized the roots of these trees on SSU property and pruned forty-two trees along the property line

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

Mobilization of the site is expected to begin next week. In preparation for the installation of the fencing and jersey barriers, a tree will be removed in front of Meier Hall on Thursday, December 11. The tree needs to be removed to allow fire truck access down Meier Drive during the construction project. The jersey barriers are expected to be installed starting Monday, December 15. The full logistics plan is expected to be complete by Wednesday, December 17. At that point, pedestrian traffic in front of the Mainstage Theatre will move into the protected walkway that will be created over the bike lane on Lafayette Street.

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. The re-design of the sign for this building is anticipated to be presented at the SSUNAC meeting on February 18, 2015.

Science Building Study

The university is in the process of conducting a programmatic study for additional science facilities. Given the proximity to existing laboratories in Meier Hall, the vacant lot from the former library is the target location in this study. Payette, a leading architectural firm who is conducting the study, will perform test borings to ascertain ground conditions at this site in the coming weeks. We will provide notification once these borings are scheduled. Payette will attend the SSUNAC meeting on January 21, 2015 to gather neighborhood input prior to the start of the design phase.


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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Updated on December 19, 2014.