New Residence Hall & Enabling Projects
Residence Hall Construction Update
Full construction of the residence hall is underway and is expected to be complete by the fall of 2015. As of now the entrance to Central Campus, between the University Police station and the Classroom Building, will be closed to all traffic until the beginning of April. All traffic will have to enter Central Campus from the south entrance. A police detail will be on site to help manage traffic entering and exiting campus during this time as needed.
The first major piece of construction to take place on this building will be the foundation work. The contractor will begin geopier installation for the foundation on Monday, March 17. 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.
The transition from phase I to phase II is complete. Phase II utility work continues.
Canal Street Parking Lot
Interior demolition work continues on the interior of the blue building. The logistics plan for fencing and truck routes can be seen here . 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.
SPECIAL NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING ON THE NEW RESIDENCE HALL PROJECT
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 March 7, 2014.