The 2017 Hardscape North America (HNA) Installer Championships competition is now accepting team registrations for the fifth annual event. The final Hardscape North America Installer Championships will be held at HNA October 19 and 20, 2017, in Louisville, Kentucky.
The Hardscape North America Installer Championships are intended to test and recognize the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, the United States and Mexico.
The early-bird team registration fee is $150 and available until September 7, 2017. The fee is increased to $200 per team following this date. Teams may download registration forms at hardscapena.com/installer-championship.
This year, six regional Installer Championships took and are taking place in cities throughout the United States, leading up to the final competition. Winners from each regional competition will advance to the final championship. Regional competitions took and are taking place in: Provo, Utah; Providence, Rhode Island; Indianapolis, Indiana; Keller, Texas; San Jose, California; and Lacey, Washington.
At the HNA 2017 final competition, 24 teams will have their understanding of industry best practices and guidelines tested in a race against the clock and other top installers in the industry.
The HNA 2017 Champions will receive a prize package valued at approximately $10,000. The package includes $1,000, an iQ360 14-inch masonry saw with fully integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $5,348), a Weber MT CF3 Pro forward plate compactor (valued at $3,600), their name engraved on the HNA Installer Championship Cup, a plaque and recognition in various media.
The HNA 2017 second-place team will receive $400, an iQ360 14-inch masonry saw with fully integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $5,348), a plaque and recognition in various media.
The HNA 2017 third-place team will receive $100, a plaque and recognition in various media.
The HNA 2017 fourth-place team will receive a plaque and recognition in various media.
The championship is restricted to hardscape contractors. Each team member must be employed in the hardscape industry in North America as a professional installer of segmental retaining wall, clay and concrete pavers. This championship is not for amateurs or do-it-yourselfers! Each team member must sign, date, and agree to the terms and conditions of the required HNA Installer Championship team registration form.
The championship is limited to the first 16 teams to submit a completed registration. Each team member, including alternate, must be registered to attend the Hardscape North America Trade Show. Registrations can be done online at HardscapeNA.com. In addition, one of the team members must pay the HNA Installer Championship registration fee, which is listed as an optional event during the online registration process. Prior to the early-bird registration date (September 7, 2017), the championship registration fee is $150, after which it increases to $200. Each team that competes will get $150 of their championship registration fee refunded after the event. Each team must also provide proof of their general liability and workers’ compensation insurance coverage for each team member, and complete the team registration form and get it signed by each team member. These documents need to be submitted by fax to (703) 657-6901, or scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
Registration is not complete until:
- All team members are registered to attend HNA.
- The Installer Competition fee is paid.
- Proof of insurance is received by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI).
- The completed and signed team registration form is received by ICPI.
Materials and Tools
All materials to be used in the construction will be provided. Only materials provided by the event organizers and placed in the teams designated areas may be used in the construction. Materials discarded from previous rounds cannot be used in the construction. Teams cannot supply their own materials.
Each team will be provided with the basic hand tools and personal safety equipment. The following larger tools will be supplied for use during the championship:
- A Weber CF3 vibratory plate compactor.
- An iQ360 14-inch masonry chop saw with integrated dust collection.
- Screed rails and screed board.
- A D-handled square shovel.
- A wheelbarrow.
Teams can bring and use their own small hand tools.
Format Over Two Days
The preliminary rounds will have 24 teams competing in six rounds. During each preliminary round, all teams will construct an 8- by 10-foot patio area within 60 minutes as detailed in the supplied drawing, which will require the installation of a seat wall, herringbone field, soldier course, bedding sand, edge restraint, and completion of the initial paver compaction. Do not fill joints with sand or perform the final compaction. During the preliminary round(s), each team's score will be calculated based on completeness, compliance to industry guidelines, safety, quality and craftsmanship as detailed in the preliminary round judging form by each judge. The team's preliminary round total score will be the sum of their score from all judges during the preliminary round. At the end of all preliminary rounds, each team will be ranked based on their preliminary round total score. The four teams with the highest preliminary round total scores out of all preliminary rounds will advance to the championship round.
During the final round, each team will be given 90 minutes to complete their construction, according to their own creative design in the assigned construction area. The score during the final round will be calculated based on compliance to industry guidelines, safety, quality, craftsmanship and creativity. At the end of the final round, the scores from the final round will be used to rank the teams. In the case of a tie, the judges will determine the final ranking. The team ranked highest will be declared the Hardscape North America Installer Champion.
To register for HNA and find further details about the Installer Championship and/or regional installer championships and events, please visit HardscapeNA.com.