The New BHI Headquarters (on the right)
Yesterday it was a pleasure to attend the BioHealth Innovation Inc. (BHI) open house at the historic Wire Hardware Building in Rockville to celebrate the opening of the organization’s new headquarters. At the Open House, BHI President & CEO Rich Bendis welcomed guests and introduced Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett who talked about the important role of BHI and this industry – not just for the county, but for the entire state of Maryland.
Ike Leggett speaks to guests at the BHI Open House
The building itself has an interesting story dating back more than 100 years. When the B&O Railroad was expanding through Montgomery Country, it brought commercial growth along with it. A depot was built and with that Rockville expanded, including construction of the Wire Hardware Building in 1897. While the building changed hands a few times over the past century, there are still original pieces within and outside that have been historically preserved. This is the last cast-iron front building left in the city of Rockville. There is a back room with a giant iron scale and the original shelves are still on display on the 1st floor.
BioBuzz is thankful for the sponsorship BHI has provided us this year, and we’re thrilled that they’ve set up shop just down the road (or the Pike) from where we hold our monthly events. If you get a chance to visit BHI and tour their new home, it’s well worth it. And, It’s fitting to note that a building that benefited from a business boom in the late 1800’s now houses an organization that is helping to lead the way for the next boom coming to Central Maryland.
To learn more about BHI, please visit www.biohealthinnovation.org. BioBuzz looks forward to future collaborations with BHI future!