HNA Installer Championship
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 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.
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.
All cancellations must be submitted to HNA in writing by October 17. 2015. 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 22, 2015 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 21, 2015 at 6:00pm at the Embassy Suites Louisville Downtown, 501 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 area may be used in the construction. Pre-cut or discarded materials 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 Pro 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 and personal safety equipment.
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 8 ft by 10 ft 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”.
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 23rd, in the HNA Installer Championship area.
The HNA 2015 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.