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Phoenix Award

Phoenix Award

Phoenix Award LogoSince 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.


2018 Phoenix Award Winners

Innovation in Restoration – France & Company

On the afternoon of March 28, 2016, France & Company was called in to respond to the Cascadian Fruit Shippers Warehouse in Wenatchee, Washington. The request involved pumping out water from a parking/loading area that was filling with water from the final stages of firefighting activities related to the adjoining building that had caught fire the night prior. The Cascadian Fruit Shippers Warehouse is a historic cold storage facility of heavy timber post and beam construction with a poured concrete exterior shell and concrete central support structure. This project presented numerous challenges to overcome, including a long list of traditional challenges that would be expected in such a scenario. However, France and Co. was able to overcome all such challenges, while being able to uphold the historical integrity of the facility..



Innovation in Reconstruction – Sharp, Robbins & Popwell, LLC

Post Ridge Apartments is a complex that rests at the foot of a steep hillside just outside the state capitol city of Nashville. Sharp, Robbins & Popwell LLC received an emergency response call from Post Ridge early in the evening, shortly after the damage was reported to the onsite management staff. Post Ridge could have been a story of untold tragedy: a distressed complex collapsing in on itself as flood waters ripped through the structure’s foundation. Instead, it is a story of triumph, and the building stands as a monument to teamwork. In less than two weeks, all foundational reconstruction had been completed without having to permanently relocate a single resident. Within another 30 days, the cosmetic and interior restoration was also complete. Expediency, expertise and ingenuity prevailed.



Read more on these extraordinary winners on RIA’s C&R content hub.


2019 Call for Entries -Not yet open

The 2019 entry time is not yet open. Make sure to take great pictures while you're doing your jobs now so you can submit them next year!


Past Phoenix Award Winners


  Reconstruction     Restoration
2018  Sharp, Robbins & Popwell, LLC    France & Company
2017  Charter Construction, Inc.    Midwest Restoration Services
2016  HarenLaughlin    BELFOR Property Restoration - Dallas, TX
2015  Charter Construction, Inc    Kelmann Restoration
2014  Sharp & Robbins Construction, LLC    ACR, Inc.
2013  Platinum Restoration    Kelmann Restoration
2012  Belfor USA - Exton, PA    The Integrated Team
2011  Alliance Disaster Kleenup    Mellon Certified Restoration
2010  Johns Lyng Group    Spotless Carpet Cleaners and Janitorial Services, Inc
2009  Belfor – Columbus    Rolyn Companies, Inc.
2008  Sharp & Robbins Construction    Kelmann Corporation
2007  Belfor USA - Exton, PA    Begal Enterprises, Inc. - Rockville, MD
2006  N/A    Rolyn Companies, Inc. - Rockville, MD
2005  Belfor USA    N/A
2004  Kelmann Corporation - Wauwatosa, WI    A & I Fire and Water Restoration - Myrtle Beach, SC
2003  Eastern Diversified Services - Souderton, PA    Kelmann Corporation - Wauwatosa, WI
2002  Belfor    Insurance Restoration Services
2001  Woodard Cleaning & Restoration - St. Louis     First Restoration Services - Charlotte, NC
2000  N/A    Joe Arrigo Construction & Restoration
1999  First General Services    First Restoration Services - Charlotte, NC
1998  Advanced Restoration Technologies    Disaster Kleenup/Better Floors & Restoration
1997  Kelmann Corporation - Wauwatosa, WI    First Restoration Services - Charlotte, NC