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, September 16, 2015, at 7 p.m. in the Sullivan Training Room (room 106) of the Enterprise Center located on Central Campus at 121 Loring Avenue.  All presentations given at the SSUNAC meetings can be viewed on the construction blog

Construction Work Hours

Off-Hour Work

Dimeo Construction postponed the work to reroute on campus utilities in front of Peabody Hall and back fill on the first floor of the garage this Saturday, August 22 starting at 8 a.m. Weather permitting, they will also conduct road work in College Drive between the Frederick E. Berry Library and Learning Commons and Bowditch Hall.

Normal Work Hours

7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Active Projects

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

Viking Hall

Viking Hall is near completion. The contractor is finalizing punch list items and landscaping.

North Campus Parking Garage

The erection of precast structures is complete and the crane has been removed from the site.  The contractor is now working on the exterior façade of the stair towers and interior mechanical, electrical and plumbing.

Temporary Change to College Drive Traffic Flow

On Tuesday, June 2, College Drive will be closed to through traffic between the intersection near Peabody Hall and the intersection of Loring Avenue due to road work in this area.  The portion of College Drive between Lafayette Street and the intersection of Peabody Hall will temporarily become two-way traffic.  Traffic entering College Drive from Lafayette Street will utilize the existing entrance and will be directed into the faculty parking lot.  Only emergency vehicles and construction vehicles will be permitted down College Drive past the entrance to the faculty lot. All vehicles exiting the faculty parking area will be directed to Lafayette Street through a temporary driveway accessible from the upper portion of the faculty lot.  During the daytime hours and other peak traffic periods, a Salem Police detail will be present to monitor traffic and assist vehicles exiting the lot. The road will remain this way throughout most of the summer and will reopen by the start of classes in the fall.

Sophia Gordon Center for the Creative and Performing Arts

Interior abatement and demolition is ongoing. The contractor continues work on removing exterior portions of the wall at the courtyard.

Science Building Study

Payette, the architectural firm who is conducting the study for the science building, has completed test borings at the proposed site (former library site) to ascertain ground conditions to inform their building design.

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 August 21, 2015.