HAGERSTOWN - The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees approved two bids Tuesday that are nearly $600,000 more than budgeted to renovate the Career Programs Building.
During the special meeting, trustee members said they hoped to negotiate lower costs in the final bids and get more money for the project from the Washington County Commissioners.
HCC officials said the bids they approved totaled $17,139,300, which is $563,075 more than the available construction funds of $16,576,225.
C. William Hetzer bid $2,286,200 to construct a paved loop road and to pave the Academic Boulevard entrance.
Brechbill & Helman bid $14,853,100 to be the general contractor for the renovation. The firm also renovated HCC's Administrative Building.
The Career Programs Building was built in 1966 and once housed Washington County's Technical High School. HCC acquired the building in 1973.
After the renovation, the 76,000-square-foot building will be home to the nursing and radiography programs, a conference center and the Information Technology Department, according HCC spokeswoman Beth Stull. An additional 8,000 square feet will be built during the renovation.