LOUISVILLE, Ky.Hardscape North America (HNA) 2013, the largest event dedicated to the hardscape trade, will open for business later next month at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

250 hnalogo 2013The event, on Oct. 23-25, is held in tandem with GIE+EXPO, offers expanded educational and business growth opportunities for the 2,400+ design-build contractors, distributors, dealers, architects and engineers that HNA.

The combined shows feature more than 750 exhibitors in the hardscape/lawn-landscape in the 425,000 ft² hall and adjacent outdoor expo area – but there’s plenty of activities directed specifically at the hardscape market outside the show aisles, including a team installation contest, hands-on demonstrations, plenty of educational opportunities … and the chance to win up to $4,000 by just being there.


installerchamp logoThe inaugural HNA Installer Championship will test and recognize the skills, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors, as up to a dozen teams will be tested on their application of industry best practices, safety, quality and craftsmanship in a race against the clock and other top installers.

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, and clay or concrete pavers. Each team must have two crew members and may choose to register not more than one crew alternate.

During each round, a team will be given 60 minutes to complete their construction in the prescribed 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 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.

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.

The preliminaries will have up to 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 cards.

The semi-finals will have six teams competing in two rounds, with the 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.