HNA Installer Championship

October 20 – 21, 2016
Kentucky Exposition Center

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!

 

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Installer Championship

For each Regional Installer Championship winning team ICPI will provide the following for two students and their student advisor:

  1. Round trip airfare to Louisville, KY (not to exceed $2,100 and arranged by ICPI)
  2. Individual accommodations at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, the HNA headquarters’ hotel, Wednesday October 19 through to Saturday October 22.
  3. Complimentary trade show admission to Hardscape North America.
  4. Complimentary registration fee for HNA Installer Championship.

NALP Collegiate Competition

March 18 – Mississippi State University, Starkville, MS
Anna Walraven, National Association of Landscape Professionals

Western Region

August 27 – San Jose, CA
Gary Stowe, ICPI Northern California Chapter
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Eastern Region

September 9 – Cincinnati, OH
Jim Paluch, Old Castle
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Central Region

TBD – Fort Worth, TX
Jimmy Reed, Pavestone
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Rules and Regulations

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 twenty-four 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 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 8, 2016) the Championship registration fee is $150, after which it increase 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 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 3) proof of insurance is received by ICPI and 4) the completed and signed team registration form is received by ICPI.

Cancellation

All cancellations must be submitted to HNA in writing by October 17. 2016. 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 20, 2016 without penalty. If the event is cancelled by HNA a refund of the full team championship 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 18, 2016 at 6:00pm at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Louisville Downtown, 311 South 4th Street, Louisville, KY. 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 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: Weber CF3 vibratory plate compactor, iQ360 14” masonry chop saw with integrated dust collection, screed rails, screed board, d-handled square shovel and wheelbarrow. Teams can bring and use their own small hand tools.

Format over Two Days

During each round only four teams will compete. During each semi-final round, each team will be given sixty (60) minutes to complete their construction in the prescribed construction area, according to the provided design details of the design area. The semi-finals will have twenty-four teams competing in six rounds. The score during the semi-final rounds will be calculated for each team based on their construction’s compliance to industry guidelines, safety, quality and craftsmanship plus a bonus for completing early. The four teams with the highest scores from the semi-finals, will advance to the final Championship round.

During the final Championship round, each team will be given ninety (90) minutes to complete their construction in the prescribed construction area, according to their own 8 ft by 10 ft design. The score during the final Championship round will be calculated similar to the semi-final round with an additional bonus for creativity. The team with the highest score in the Championship round will be declared “Champion” and the team with the next lowest score will be declared “Runner Up”.

Adjudication

A panel of judges will be selected by HNA and ICPI from experts in the industry to evaluate each team’s performance in relation to the judging criteria during the construction and inspection of the completed work. A panel of three experts will be selected to judge all preliminary rounds. A panel of three experts will judge the championship round. Judges cannot be related to, or employed in the same company as competitors.

Awards and Recognition

The award ceremony will take place immediately after judging for the final Championship round, beginning at approximately 3:45 p.m. Friday October 21st, in the HNA Installer Championship area.

The HNA 2016 Champions will receive a prize package valued at approximately $10,000. The package includes $1,000.00, an iQ360 14” 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, recognition in various media including Interlock Design Magazine, Hardscape Magazine, ICPI website and HNA website.

The HNA 2015 Runner Up will receive $400.00, an iQ360 14” masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $5,348), a plaque, recognition in various media including the Interlock Design Magazine, Hardscape Magazine, ICPI website and HNA website.

Additional prizes may be added prior to the competition.

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Click here to download the Installer Championship registration form.