The Restoration Industry Association presented its highest honors for innovation in restoration and reconstruction to two member firms. The Phoenix Awards are presented each year to recognize achievement in the areas of restoration and reconstruction.
Three-time Phoenix Award winner Kelmann Corporation of Wauwatosa, Wis., won the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Restoration for its work on Saint Patrick Church near Milwaukee. This 114-year-old church suffered an electrical fire, which destroyed most of the basement and first floor. The work required ranged from new electrical systems to stained-glass restoration.
Crawford, Smith and Sharp, LLC, located in Barlett, Tenn., won the Phoenix Award for Innovation in Reconstruction. The company was contracted to help reconstruct an apartment building in Nashville that was in danger of collapsing.