Viking Hall & Enabling Projects - Central Campus

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Viking Hall Construction Update

Full construction of Viking Hall, the new residence hall on Central Campus, is underway and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015.

Geopier installation for the foundation is underway. Geopiers are used to reinforce soils for the support of high bearing pressure spread footings. This is the same process that was used in the construction of the Marsh Hall foundation on Central Campus.

In total, there will be roughly 538 geopiers installed for the foundation of the residence hall. This work is expected to be intermittent for five weeks. Geopier installation will start on the west bar of the building, closest to the Enterprise Center, and will move toward Loring Avenue. Vibration will be monitored throughout the work.

The logistics plan for the residence hall construction project was presented to the Salem State University Neighborhood Advisory Committee on Wednesday, February 19, 2014.  Click here to view the presentation. [PDF]


Utility Relocation

The utility work that has closed the entrance to Central Campus, between the University Police station and the Classroom Building, is wrapping up. Weather delayed the paving of this area, but it should be completed by tomorrow. The contractor will then do the final clean up, paving and fence removal early next week, allowing the main entrance to Central Campus to open soon after. A police detail will be on site to help manage traffic entering and exiting campus until the entrance is reopened.

Canal Street Parking Lot

Demolition of the Mackey is complete and work to create the parking lot in this area continues.


Demolition of the blue building will begin when the final permits are issued. 

The logistics plan for fencing and truck routes can be seen here [PDF] . Parking will no longer be available on this area until the parking lot is complete in the late spring

Details of all work being done can be found on the marketing and communication construction blog.  

Contact the Emergency Hotline 24 hours a day/7 days a week at 978.542.6111 to report urgent issues regarding construction. 


During a special meeting of the SSUNAC on Tuesday, December 3, the university presented a revised design for the new residence hall scheduled to open in 2015. This new design reduces the west side of the building from the originally proposed five-stories to four and reduces the number of beds from 400 to approximately 350. A rendering and elevations of the new design can be seen on the university’s construction blog.

Updated on April 10, 2014.