New Hardscape North America Hardscape Project Awards Launched

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The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) along with the Brick Industry Association and National Concrete Masonry Association are pleased to announce the launch of the new Hardscape North America (HNA) Hardscape Project Awards. The awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors in residential and commercial/industrial applications. These projects include but are not limited to walkways, patios, driveways, plazas, parking lots, etc.

The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) along with the Brick Industry Association and National Concrete Masonry Association are pleased to announce the launch of the new Hardscape North America (HNA) Hardscape Project Awards. The awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors in residential and commercial/industrial applications. These projects include but are not limited to walkways, patios, driveways, plazas, parking lots, etc. "This awards program is a must for HNA, THE Hardscape Show for Contractors. The awards recognize the outstanding workmanship of the contractor. I encourage all hardscape contractors to submit an entry." states HNA program committee chair, William Schneider (Chairman, LPS Pavement Company)

Projects must be completed between January 1, 2007 and December 31, 2007 and submitted to ICPI by Friday, January 11, 2008. A potential of 12 awards will presented at the HNA trade show (February 27-March 1, 2008) at the Downtown Nashville Convention Center. The award winning projects will be prominently displayed throughout the trade show floor and featured in industry trade publications.

The Residential Awards recognize clay brick, concrete paver, segmental retaining walls and a combination of all hardscape products projects. These awards will be given in categories of 1,000 square feet, 1,000 to 5,000 square feet and more than 5,000 square feet. The project size only includes the hardscape portion. Included in the Commercial/Industrial Awards are clay brick, concrete paver, segmental retaining walls and a combination of all hardscape products projects. The Commercial/Industrial Awards will be given in categories of 1,000 to 10,000 square feet, 10,000 to 50,000 square feet and more than 50,000 square feet. The project size only includes the hardscape portion.

The 2008 HNA show will include a larger trade show floor and indoor exhibitor demonstrations and outdoor demonstrations. To support Hardscape North America and the growth of the North American hardscape industry, several sponsorship levels are available for the 2008 show. Sponsors at the Platinum level are Belgard, Hanson Paver Products, Pathfinder Systems, Pavestone Company, PAVE TECH, Pine Hall Brick, Snap Edge Corporation, SRW Products, Surebond, Techni-Seal and Unilock. Gold sponsors include Hess Machinery, Ltd., Oaks Concrete Products, Paver Systems LLC and TEKA North America, Inc. Also, Alliance Designer Products, Inc.; The Belden Brick Company; Big Rock Building Products, an Oldcastle Company; CTI, Inc., Endicott Clay Products Company; KOBRA Molds, LLC; Sebastian Mueller AG and Whitacre-Greer will sponsor at the Silver level.

To learn more about how to enter the inaugural HNA Hardscape Project Awards, visit HardscapeNA.com.

About BIA
The Brick Industry Association (BIA) is the national trade association representing distributors and manufacturers of clay brick and suppliers of related products and services. The Association is involved in a broad range of technical, research, marketing, government relations and communications activities. It is the recognized national authority on brick construction. For more about BIA, visit brickinfo.org.

About Hardscape North America
Hardscape North America (HNA) is THE Hardscape show for contractors. Its focus is to bring top notch education including certification courses, products and technology to contractors and installers who build segmental pavements and retaining walls and also to provide networking opportunities. HNA features indoor and outdoor exhibits displaying state of the art tools and products and trade floor demonstrations and offers the latest technology for contractors. To learn more about HNA, visit HardscapeNA.com.

About ICPI
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) represents producers, suppliers, contractors, design professionals and consultants. ICPI promotes the highest product standards through ICPI product certification and installation guidelines through ICPI concrete paver installer certification. ICPI publishes the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Magazine, along with marketing and technical resources for design professionals, contractors and homeowners. Applications for "pavers" include driveways, patios, plazas, walkways, roofs, airports, streets, ports and stadiums. To learn more about ICPI, visit icpi.org.

About NCMA
The National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA), established in 1918, is the national trade association representing the concrete masonry industry. The Association is involved in a broad range of technical, research, marketing, government relations and communications activities. To learn more about NCMA, visit ncma.org.

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