The 2013 Hardscape North America (HNA) Installer Championship, at the HNA tradeshow tested and recognized the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from Canada, Australia and the United States. Each of the eight competing teams was challenged on their understanding of industry best practices and guidelines, safety, quality and craftsmanship in a race against the clock. This championship determined the best of the best in the hardscape industry.
The competition had three rounds during which each team was required to use the provided clay pavers, concrete pavers and wall blocks.
During the preliminary rounds, each team was required to construct an 8′ x 10′ patio within 60 minutes that included a soldier course and an L-shaped seat wall, according to a detailed drawing.
During the semi-finals, each team was asked to construct an 8′ x 8′ patio area within 60 minutes that included a seat wall and an inlay of their own design.
During the final round, each team was asked to construct a patio within 90 minutes using all three materials provided based on their own creative design.
To help teams get started, at the beginning of each round the compacted gravel base was provided.
2013 Hardscape North America Installer Champion
Decorative Paving Company, Loveland, Ohio
Team Members: Jake Taylor, Troy Love, Ryan Taylor (Alternate)
The Decorative Paving Company received $1,000.00, an iQ360 14″ masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $5,348), a trophy, recognition in various media and bragging rights for a full year.
2013 Hardscape North America Installer Runner Up
Cooper Pavers, Mannington, New Jersey
Team Members: Bobby Cooper, Adam Cooper, Pat McCrindle (Alternate)
The Cooper Pavers team received $400.00, an iQ360 14″ masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $5,348) and recognition in various media.
The Other Worthy Competitors
Alfonso & Son Landscaping, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Team Members: Alfonso Danzuso, Lou Perino, Adam Hainley (Alternate)
Brown Landscape Maintenance, Loysburg, Pennsylvania
Team Members: Kyle Brown, Tyler Hrivnak
Brown’s Design and Landscaping Inc., Grafton, Ohio
Team Members: Rick Brown, Joe Brown
Carolina Landscape Management, Flat Rock, North Carolina
Team Members: Jarrett Stuckey, John Alex Burke, Carson Stuckey (Alternate)
Grumpy’s Landscaping Ltd., Pincher Creek, Alberta
Team Members: Chad Oberholtzer, John Fitzgerald, Thomas Ashmore (Alternate)
Interstate Landscape Co. Inc., Londonderry, New Hampshire
Team Members: Tom Gardocki, Steven San Antonio
The 2013 Hardscape North America Installer Championship was sponsored byBelgard Hardscapes, GST International, Pine Hall Brick Company, Piranha Stone Biter and Weber MT, Inc.
Materials, equipment and prizes were supplied byBelgard Hardscapes, iQ Power Tools, PAVE TECH, Pine Hall Brick Company, SRW Products and Weber MT, Inc.