A nearly $470,000 contract for design services of the renovation and expansion of Edgewood Hall was approved during Tuesday's meeting of the Harford Community College Board of Trustees.

The board members approved a $469,680 contract with Studio J of Delaware to provide architectural and engineering services.

Studio J was the lowest of five bidders, and met all of the college's needs for the project, according to college officials.

Studio J also has extensive experience with HCC, working on other capital projects such as the remodeling of the historic Hays-Heighe House, Rick Johnson, vice president for finance and operations, noted.

Johnson also highlighted the "rigor" of the interviews conducted by a selection committee, and said applicants were questioned about their past "errors and omissions."

"I think the committee did a great job in terms of grilling each [applicant], it was a grilling," he said.

Johnson also talked about the renovations needed at Edgewood Hall, such as the replacement of its 20-year-old HVAC system, installed in 1994.

"Either you did something extraordinarily well, or we're very lucky that the highest technical score is also the very lowest bid," board Vice Chair Richard Norling said.

Capital budget approved

Board members unanimously approved a $5.6 million capital budget for the 2015 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

The board approved a $47.8 million operating budget in December, which comes with a $12 per-credit-hour tuition increase.

Johnson said before the board members voted that, if they approved the capital budget, it and the operating budget would be submitted to Harford County officials Wednesday.

HR director appointed

The board unanimously approved the appointment of Ted Wasiluski as director of human resources and employee development, effective Feb. 10.

Wasiluski comes to the college after 14 years in logistics with the beauty product retailer Sephora, which is owned by Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy, according to the company website.

He told board members he oversaw the opening of Sephora distribution centers in Belcamp and Salt Lake City, Utah. He said another distribution center is scheduled to open in Perryman this summer.

He has multiple connections to the college, including a son, who is a student.

"It's absolutely wonderful to have the opportunity to serve the college," he said. "I look forward to it."