Since the dawn of history, fires and floods have wreaked destruction on the homes, possessions, and lives of human beings. Even today, with all our modern advances, natural disasters still destroy our most precious possessions. The people who restore damaged property have a unique role in a setting of personal tragedy and stress; they strive to restore damaged property in the most effective way possible. Professional restorers respond to these crises every day, performing an essential human service. In order to recognize conspicuously high achievement in the area of disaster restoration, the Restoration Industry Association has established the RIA Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction. Phoenix Award recipients are announced at RIA's annual convention. In addition to earning the respect of fellow RIA members, this award provides a vehicle for winners, challengers and the entire RIA membership to achieve recognition in the media and in the insurance industry for their contributions.
2017 Phoenix Award Call for Entries is now Open!
RIA is currently accepting nominations for the 2017 Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Innovation in Reconstruction until Wednesday, February 8, 2017. Please click here to read about the entry procedures and to download the application. Award winners will be announced on April 6, 2017 at the RIA 2017 Convention and Expo in Palm Springs, California.
Demonstrate value through a conspicous reduction in the amount of the loss to the insurance carrier and/ or property owner
Focus on effective problem-solving in a catastrophic situation
Identify innovative procedures that provide a good example for the industry
On October 15, 2015, a two-alarm fire sparked patient evacuations at Odessa, Texas’s Medical Care System (MCH) Center for Women & Infants. An isolated electrical fire stemming from a third floor physician room, created significant fire, smoke and water damage throughout the main facility. Belfor – Dallas rose to the challenge and, following a critical timeline and adapted to vital project guidelines. The building was re-certified for patient care by the Texas Department of Health and BELFOR was able to reopen the MCH Center for Women & Infants just five weeks after the fire.
Excellence in Reconstruction – HarenLaughlin
HarenLaughlin Restoration (HLR) was invited by a property management firm and their client, the Homeowners Association of Ravello at Briarcliff, to bid for repairs to two, four story condominiums in Kansas City, Missouri with construction defect related damages. Although only 17 structural beams and no columns were originally identified for replacement, HLR found significant damages that resulted in the replacement of 37 beams and 19 columns, as well as multiple floor joists, OSB sheathing, and structural hangers throughout the project. The structural repairs were far more extensive than the Homeowners Association originally anticipated, yet HLR was able to promptly reconstruct the buildings while maintaining the ability of home owners to live in their residences throughout the reconstruction process. They were able to cut the costs of the project by nearly $220,000 through the utilization of more cost-effective and efficient stucco and waterproofing techniques in the bodies of the buildings, balconies, and patio stone walls.
Past Phoenix Award Winners
BELFOR Property Restoration - Dallas, TX
Charter Construction, Inc
Sharp & Robbins Construction, LLC
Belfor USA - Exton, PA
The Integrated Team
Alliance Disaster Kleenup
Mellon Certified Restoration
Johns Lyng Group
Spotless Carpet Cleaners and Janitorial Services, Inc
Belfor – Columbus
Rolyn Companies, Inc.
Sharp & Robbins Construction
Belfor USA - Exton, PA
Begal Enterprises, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Rolyn Companies, Inc. - Rockville, MD
Kelmann Corporation - Wauwatosa, WI
A & I Fire and Water Restoration - Myrtle Beach, SC