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Construction at HCC delayed

January 18, 2006|by TIFFANY ARNOLD

A series of delays has stalled a construction project that was supposed to start this month at Hagerstown Community College, HCC officials said Tuesday.

Renovations to the school's Career Programs Building and major construction extending the campus' main traffic loop will not start until June - five months later than planned, George Soterin, HCC's director of facilities management and planning, said at the college's Board of Trustees meeting.

HCC President Guy Altieri said the later construction date could pose problems this time next year, as administrators search for alternative space to accommodate students who might be without classrooms during the renovations.

Construction on the $14.9 million project was supposed to start in January and end sometime in 2007, according to HCC records. But now, construction probably won't end until spring 2008, according to a memo from Soterin to Altieri.

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Soterin blamed the delays on an outdated flood-plain map the Federal Emergency Management Agency provided to engineers from HCC and the county. The school also awaits approval from the Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE).

MDE approval is necessary so the Washington County Planning and Zoning Department can issue HCC permits needed for the project, Soterin said.

"They're the only ones we're waiting on," said Soterin, referring to the MDE.

Despite the delays, HCC officials expect to start taking bids on the project this spring.

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