New Hardscape House debuts at HNA 2019

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As Hardscape North America (HNA) continues to grow, the industry’s largest trade show is moving its outdoor area to a new location in 2019.

The new Hardscape House will be in a 42,000-sq.-ft. pavilion - under roof - adjacent to the 20-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

The Hardscape House will include:

  • Hardscape Demonstrations led by award-winning hardscape consultant Frank Bourque and his team
  • HNA 2019 National Installer Championship
  • Exhibitor displays for hands-on testing

HNA is set for October 16-18 at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville in conjunction with the GIE+EXPO, the largest trade show for the lawn and landscape industry.

"HNA's outdoor demo space is always popular with attendees," said Charles McGrath, Executive Director of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI). "The opportunity to learn installation best practices from experts, watch or compete in the Installer Championships and test equipment to make your business more efficient before making buying decisions is invaluable. We're excited to bring it all together under this open-air pavilion."

Hardscape Demonstrations

Live hardscape demonstrations teaching you how to build an outdoor living area over two days, led by Frank Bourque and his team, will be held Thursday and Friday. Attendees can upgrade their trade show registration to include all six hardscape demonstrations for only $65 or purchase a VIP Pass.

  • Demo 1: Proper Takeoffs, VR Designs, and Layouts
  • Demo 2: How to Significantly Increase Paver and Slab Installation Efficiency
  • Demo 3: The New Technology to Increase Retaining Wall and Raised Patio Installation Efficiency
  • Demo 4: Integrating Water Features, Rainwater Harvesting Systems, and Permeable Pavements
  • Demo 5: Outdoor Kitchens and Technology for Rapid Installations
  • Demo 6: Hardscapes and System Automation: Outdoor Sound, Lighting, and Fire Features

HNA National Installer Championship

Top hardscape contractors will compete in the 7th annual Hardscape North America Installer Championship.

The competition is intended to test and recognize the skill, dedication, safety and passion of hardscape contractors from North America.

Up to twenty-four teams, including the seven winners from the regional championships and the 2018 champion, will compete over the course of two days.

The 2019 champion will receive a prize package valued at over $10,000. All attendees are invited to watch the competition, which will take place throughout the day on Thursday and Friday.

Team registrations for the competition are currently being accepted. Early bird team registration fee is $150 and available until Sept. 5. The fee increases to $200 per team after this date. Each team that competes will get $150 of their championship registration fee refunded after the event. Teams may download registration forms at

Hands-On Testing

One of HNA's most features for exhibitors and visitors alike is the opportunity to demo products. With the Hardscape House being only steps away from the indoor exhibits, attendees can see the new products indoors, then test and compare them with the competition before making buying decisions.


HNA 2019 early-bird trade show registration is now available for only $15* (fees increase after September 5). HNA registration includes access to both HNA and GIE+EXPO indoor exhibits, access to the Hardscape House and 20-acre Outdoor Demonstration Area, entrance to the HNA Hardscape Project Awards Recognition Presentation on Thursday, October 17 and three free concerts at Fourth Street Live!
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