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.

The contractor will continue with steel erection throughout the summer. Concrete slab placements have begun. Each placement is expected to take between 15 and 20 trucks, with 4 trucks coming to campus per hour. Queuing of trucks is not expected for these pours given the small size, however, if queuing is necessary, trucks will be queued on the former Weir property site. The pours are expected to be complete mid afternoon, and concrete finishes are expected to be complete by 8 p.m. The contractor will have 1 to 2 pours per week and is expecting to continue slab placements and steel erection through September.

There will likely be concrete slab placements Monday and Friday of next week.The contractor will also continue with the installation of fire proofing

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]


Canal Street Parking Lot

The contractor has paved the lot and will continue with parking lot finishes. The lot is expected to be complete in August. 

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 August 6, 2014.