School of Social Work & Int’l Programs /
Temple Shalom Adaptive Reuse

Salem State University, Salem, MA


Kreitzberg Library


Jones Architecture was approached by the architect-of-record, Seger Architects, and the developer, Salem Renewal LLC, to assist with the adaptive reuse of an existing synagogue several blocks from Salem State University. The project converted the synagogue to the home of the School of Social Work and International Programs for SSU. Seger Architects is steeped in historic preservation and adaptive reuse of existing buildings, but did not have the familiarity with planning and design for higher education that Jones Architecture could bring to the table. We worked with all parties through the programming and schematic design phase to establish the program, room criteria sheets, critical adjacencies, planning and design strategies, and learning space furniture layouts. Seger Architects and Salem Renewal then carried the project through to completion, with occasional input from Jones Architecture throughout the process.


Completed: 2015
Size: 24,000 GSF
Collaborating Firms: Seger Architects & Salem Renewal LLC

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“Rick and his team brought in-depth knowledge of pedagogical trends and needs. By utilizing input from our tenant, Salem State University, Jones Architecture was able to develop multiple floor plan options based on their analysis of the programming requirements of the university. With Jones’ guidance, we were able to successfully develop a 20,000 square foot higher education facility within the confines of an existing structure. Most importantly, the tenant is highly satisfied with the functionality of the spaces created.”

— David A. Pabich, P.E., Manager, Salem Renewal LLC


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