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April 11, 2012
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RIA Recognizes Industry Leaders with Phoenix Awards for Innovation in Restoration and Reconstruction
BELFOR USA- Exton, Pa & the Integrated Team Take Top Honors

Rockville, MD – The Restoration Industry Association (RIA) presented its highest honors for innovation in restoration and reconstruction at its recent Leadership Summit & Industry Expo in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The Phoenix Awards are presented each year to recognize achievement in the areas of restoration and reconstruction and the winning projects exemplify the complement of skills required to return a project to pre-loss condition.

In an industry first, the award for Innovation in Restoration was shared between eight different parties who collaborated to successfully restore the air traffic control tower at the Detroit Metropolitan Airport, the nation’s 25th busiest airport. The project included the removal and replacement of approximately 115,000 square feet of gypsum wallboard material and nearly 20,000 square feet of one-inch thick elevator shaft liner board. Due to the extensive nature of the fungal contamination, the entire shaft of the 18-story elevator was disassembled under controlled conditions and then rebuilt while the elevator and the air traffic tower remained fully functional.

“The success of this project would have been impossible without the expertise, caring and commitment of every member of this team,” said Vince Sugent of the National Air Traffic Controllers Association and one of the air traffic controllers impacted by the indoor air quality in the tower. The other companies comprising the Integrated Team included: LRC Indoor Testing and Research (Cary, N.C.); Durbin Environmental Consultants (Suwanee, Ga.); Building Science Corporation (Westford, Mass.); BBJ Environmental Solutions (Riverview, Fla.); Envirotech Clean Air (Stoneham, Mass.); Regency DKI (Clinton Township, Mich.); and Wonder Makers Environmental, Inc. (Kalamazoo, Mich.).

BELFOR USA of Exton, Pa., won the RIA award for Innovation in Reconstruction for their work on the 100,000 square foot headquarters of the UGI Corporation in King of Prussia, Pa. following an electrical fire. UGI used the fire as an opportunity to renovate the outdated building, with BELFOR repairing the façade and altering the existing steel structure to achieve the look the client desired. The interior finishes were carefully preserved while the first floor was excavated to increase the overall footprint. Green energy concepts were also an integral part of the reconstruction.

“There is something incredibly satisfying knowing BELFOR worked from day one to ensure the right plan, resources and people were in place to get the job done according to the specifications of our client,” said Guy Buttaro, senior project manager for BELFOR USA Group, Inc. – Exton office. “I am honored to accept this prestigious industry award on behalf of BELFOR, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be recognized amongst our peers for this achievement.”

The deadline for the 2012 Phoenix Award competition is December 17, 2012. For more information on the Phoenix Awards or the Restoration Industry Association, visit

The Restoration Industry Association has member firms worldwide. RIA provides industry leadership, supports science, and promotes best practices for cleaning and restoration. More information is available on the RIA website:

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