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 has 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 determines the best of the best in the hardscape industry.
Teams met late on Wednesday, Oct. 22nd for a preview of the rules, preliminary round construction drawings, and to select preliminary round timeslots.
Preliminary rounds were held Thursday, October 23rd at 10 a.m., 12 noon and 2 p.m. and Friday, October 24th at 10 a.m. Each team constructed an 8' X 10' patio area according to a very detailed drawing within 60 minutes using provided tools, concrete pavers, clay bricks and concrete wall blocks. Three judges scored each team on safety, craftsmanship, accuracy, construction tolerances and completion.
The results of the championship round are as follows:
Horses Landscaping and Garden Center
- Tyler Stiscak
- Marco Calderon
- Brandon Bailey
- Cameron Cook
- David Cross
Decorative Paving, Co.
- Daniel Krammer
- Zach Goodspeed
Cooper Paver, Inc.
- Bob Cooper
- Adam Cooper
- Ed Moniot
Integrity Landscapes from Bismarck, ND was declared the HNA 2014 Champion by narrowly beating last year's champion by just 3 points. Team members included Brandon Bailey, Cameron Cook and David Cross. Integrity Landscapes received a prize package valued at approximately $10,000 which included $1,000 cash, an iQ360 14" masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories and a Weber MT CF3 Pro forward plate compactor. Integrity Landscapes will have their name engraved on the HNA Installer Champions Cup and will have full bragging rights until next year's championship.
Decorative Paving, Co. from Loveland, OH, came in second place. The team included Daniel Krammer and Zach Goodspeed. As the runner up, Decorative Paving received a prize package valued at almost $5,800, which included $400 cash and an iQ360 14" masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories.
The third place team was Cooper Paver, Inc. from Mannington, NJ. Team members included Bob Cooper, Adam Cooper and Ed Moniot. They received $100 cash and a Bon Tools paver splitter.
All teams in the championship round also received a 14" ZAP diamond saw blade and t-shirt, plus a discount on the purchase of a Weber MT compactor, and HNA 2014 Installer Championship t-shirts, hats, and badges.
Tyler Stiscak from Horses Landscaping and Garden supply, which placed fourth this year, vowed "they would be back next year and would be a serious contender for the HNA Installer Champion's Cup."
HNA and the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute thanks all participants and spectators for making the event a success. A big thank you goes to the companies that donated materials and prizes: Bon Tools, iQ Power Tools, Pavestone, PaveTech, Pine Hall Brick, SRW Products and Weber MT. Thanks also goes to the sponsors: Alliance Products, Belgard, iQ Power Tools, Pavestone and Weber MT.
To see and download photos from the 2014 HNA North America Installer Championship, click here.
Next year's HNA Installer Championship promises to be even bigger and better! Those companies wishing to test their skills in a race against the clock for a chance to be crowned the HNA Installer Champion, please visit www.hardscapena.com/hna/installer-championship for eligibility, rules and information.
About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE hardscape show for contractors and distributors/dealers. It brings top-notch education, certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls and to distributors. HNA features indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying state-of-the-art tools and products and demonstrations, plus networking opportunities. Hardscape North America is produced by the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute and endorsed by the National Concrete Masonry Association and the Brick Industry Association.