- Published: 18 June 2013 18 June 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Hardscape North America (HNA) will hold the inaugural installer championships at this year’s show here on Oct. 24-25.
The HNA Installer Championship will test and recognize the skills of hardscape contractors from the United States, Canada and Mexico on their application of industry best practices, safety, quality and craftsmanship while racing against the clock.
Up to 12 teams are eligible to enter, competing for a $1,000 cash prize, the HNA Installer Championship Cup, bragging rights, free tools and publicity through the HNA and Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) websites, as well as other industry outlets.
"Other industries have championships; now it’s time to spotlight skilled segmental concrete and clay installers,” says Fred Adams Jr., chair of the HNA Steering Special Committee and president of Fred Adams Paving Company. “This event promises to be a very exciting addition to our industry’s top show.
The competition will take place over the two days of the show and involve multiple rounds. During each round, a team will be given 60 minutes to complete construction in the designated construction area, according to the design details of the 15' x 10' foot 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.
All materials to be used in the construction will be provided. Only materials provided by the event organizers and placed in the team's designated area may be used in the construction. Teams cannot supply their own materials. Each team is expected to bring their own small hand tools and personal safety equipment (team will be disqualified if safety equipment is not used).
The following larger tools will be supplied for use during the championship: Weber CR3 vibratory plate compactor, iQ320 14" masonry chop saw with integrated dust collection, long-handled round shovel and long-handled lute rake.
Eligibility 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 and/or clay/concrete pavers.
The championship is limited to the first 12 teams to submit a complete registration. Each team member, including any alternates, must be registered to attend the Hardscape North America tradeshow.
In addition, one of the team members must pay the $200 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, complete the team registration form and have it signed by each team member.
The team will be required to attend a pre-event meeting on Oct. 23 at 4 p.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville.
The team-registration form and competition rules are avaiable here.
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