HJC to award bid for new resource center

March 29, 1998|By DAVE McMILLION

Hagerstown Junior College officials are expected to award a $7.5 million bid today to build a new computer and library center that school officials say will become the centerpiece of the college.

School officials planned to start construction of the Learning Resource Center late last year, but there have been delays in the project, said President Norman Shea.

Part of the delay is being caused by a complicated approval process involving the state Department of General Services and the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Shea said.

Despite the holdup, the center is still scheduled to open by the fall of 1999, Shea said.

The Hagerstown Junior College Board of Trustees will consider a $7.5 million bid for the project and will likely vote to award it today.


The three-story, 58,000-square-foot building will include a new library with advanced computing capabilities and access to a broad range of electronic databases.

The center, which school officials believe will be the most advanced college building in the state, will include three computer labs with up to 75 computers, officials said. It will also offer high-tech lecture halls with desks wired for power transmission, a distance learning center, a video graphics lab and a TV and radio studio.

Planning for the project began after the Middle States Association, an organization that accredits colleges and universities in the northeast, told HJC officials that its current library is too small, according to Shea.

The proposed center will also include a new road near the science building and 55 new parking spaces, officials said.

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