2014 Installer Championship

HNA Installer ChampionshipOctober 23rd and 24th, 2014
Kentucky Exposition Center
Louisville, KY

Click here to download the Installer Championship Registration Form

The Hardscape North America Installer Championship is intended to test and recognize the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, the United States and Mexico. Each team that competes in the championship will have their understanding of industry best practices and guidelines, safety, quality and craftsmanship tested in a race against the clock and other top installers in the industry. This championship will determine the best of the best in the hardscape industry!

The HNA Installer Championship is sponsored by:
Alliance, Belgard Hardscapes, iQ Power Tools, Pavestone and Weber

Eligibility

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.

Entry Requirements

The Championship is limited to the first twelve teams to submit a complete registration. Each team member, including alternate, must be registered to attend the Hardscape North America Trade Show. Registrations can be done online at www.HardscapeNA.com. In addition, one of the team members must pay the $200 USD HNA Installer Championship registration fee, which will be listed as an optional item during the online registration process. 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, have it signed by each team member. These documents need to be submitted by fax to (703) 657-6901 or scan and email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Registration is not complete until 1) all team members are registered to attend HNA, 2) the Installer Competition fee is paid and 3) the completed and signed Team Registration Form is received by ICPI.

Cancellation

All cancellations must be submitted to HNA in writing by October 17. 2014. A refund less an administrative fee of $50 per team registration will be issued after the event. Substitutions will be permitted from the same company any time prior to October 23rd, 2014 without penalty. If the event is cancelled by HNA a refund of the full team registration fee will be issued after the event. HNA, ICPI, BIA and NCMA are not responsible for expenses incurred due to cancellation of the championship.

No Shows and Withdrawals

Teams must attend the pre-event meeting on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 at 4:00pm, the afternoon prior to the Championship. At this meeting a random draw will be done to determine the preliminary round and construction area for each team. Teams are required to be at their designated construction area not less than 15 minutes prior to the start of the round they are competing in. Failure to report at these times or the pre-event meeting will constitute a withdrawal from the Championship.

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 area may be used in the construction. Teams cannot supply their own materials.

Each team is expected to bring its own small hand tools and personal safety equipment. The following larger tools will be supplied for use during the Championship: Weber CR3 vibratory plate compactor, two iQ360 14” masonry saws with integrated dust collection, long handle round shovel and long handle lute rake.

Format over Two Days

During each round, a team will be given 60 minutes to complete their construction in the prescribed construction area, according to the design details of the 15 ft. x 10 ft. area provided at the beginning of the competition. Three teams will compete during each round. Each team will be judged on their installation technique and final product. The team with the highest score in each round will advance to the next level.

The preliminaries will have 12 teams competing in four rounds. Judging of the preliminaries will be based on technique, compliance with ICPI guidelines and delivering the specified design. Each team with the highest score from each round will automatically advance to the semi-finals. Additionally, the two teams with the highest scores from all the preliminary rounds, which did not automatically advance to the semi-finals, will advance to the semi-finals as wild-card selections.

The semi-finals will have six teams competing in two rounds. Judging of the semi-finals will be based on technique, compliance with ICPI guidelines and delivering the required elements. Each team with the highest score from each round will automatically advance to the finals. Additionally, the team with the highest score from the semi-final rounds, which did not automatically advance to the finals, will advance to the finals as the wild card selection.

During the final round, the team with the highest score will be declared “champion”, and the team with the next highest score will be declared “runner up”. Judging of the finals will be based on technique, compliance with ICPI guidelines and delivering a creative design. The awards presentation will be Oct. 24 at 3:30 outdoors in the Hardscape Installer Championship area.

Attendees’ registration fee ($40 through Sept. 11; $55 Sept. 12 – Oct. 21; $85 onsite) includes access to the HNA tradeshow, the collocated GIE+EXPO tradeshow, outdoor exhibits, six hardscape demonstrations and three nights of concerts at Fourth Street Live!

Adjudication

A panel of six (6) judges selected by HNA and ICPI from experts in the industry will evaluate each team’s performance in relation to the judging criteria during the construction and inspection of the completed work. Three of the six (6) judges will be selected to judge all four (4) preliminary rounds. The other three (3) Judges will judge the semi-final and championship round. Judges cannot be related to or employed in the same company as competitors.

Judging Criteria

The time score during the preliminary and semi-final rounds will be calculated for each team based on their recorded time to complete their construction, plus any prescribed time penalties assessed by the judges for industry guideline, safety, quality or craftsmanship infractions. The time score during the final round will be calculated for each team based on their recorded time to complete their construction, plus any prescribed time penalties assessed by the judges for industry guideline, safety, quality or craftsmanship infractions minus a prescribed bonus for creativity.

Award Presentation Ceremony

The Award ceremony will take place immediately after the judging for the final round at 3:30pm Friday October 24, 2014 in the HNA Installer Championship area.

Awards and Recognition

The Champion team will receive the Hardscape North America Installer Champion trophy which they can keep until the next championship. The “Champion” will receive a $1,000 USD award. The “Runner Up” will receive a $400 award. Additional prizes may be awarded and may be announced prior to the start of the championship. The Champion and Runner Up teams will each receive an iQ360 14” masonry saw, recognition in the Hardscape North America website, the ICPI website, the Interlock Design Magazine, and potentially numerous other publications.

Click here to download the Installer Championship Registration Form.