Industry roundup: Hardscape North America names its 2018 winners

Updated Nov 2, 2018
GoldGlo Landscapes won the combination of hardscape products residential less than 4,000 square feet category. Photo: ICPIGoldGlo Landscapes won the combination of hardscape products residential less than 4,000 square feet category.
Photo: ICPI

During the Hardscape North America (HNA) tradeshow, the top hardscape projects in the United States and Canada were recognized.

The HNA Awards include projects such as outdoor kitchens, patios, driveways, commercial plazas, residential walkways and more. Projects built between Nov. 1, 2014, and June 30, 2018, were eligible for the competition.

Also for the first time, vintage projects installed before 2008 were eligible for HNA Awards. A record number of entries, 155, were received this year. There were winners in 18 categories and 18 honorable mentions as well.

“It’s great to see that so many contractors are building really terrific hardscape projects,” says Kendall Anderegg, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) chair. “Every year, the judging for this competition becomes more difficult. The winning projects showcase the industry’s best-of-the-best in hardscape design and construction. As an industry, we cannot be prouder of the contractors who are driving our industry forward with these creative, well-finished projects.”

Below is the list of the different category winners and honorable mentions. Click here to see pictures of the winning projects.

Concrete Paver – Commercial Less than 15,000 square feet


16th Street Connector Park and Pump Station

Location: Virginia Beach, VA

Contractor: Paver Designs LLC, Omaha, NE

Manufacturers: Techniseal & Eagle Bay Hardscapes

Honorable Mention

The Sevens – Camden Apartments

Location: Orlando, FL

Contractor: UCC Group, Inc., Orlando, FL

Manufacturer: Belgard 

Designer: David Hoppes, Dix-Hite + Partners

Concrete Paver – Commercial More than 15,000 square feet


Southlands Mall

Location: Aurora, CO

Contractor: Continental Hardscape Systems LLC, Thornton, CO

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: Chris Sutterfield, Studio Insite

Honorable Mention

Levy Park

Location: Houston, TX

Contractor: B&D Contractors Inc., Houston, TX

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: OJB Landscape Architects

Concrete Paver – Residential Less than 3,000 square feet


Old Town Oasis

Location: Fort Collins, CO

Contractor: Lindgren Landscape, Fort Collins, CO

Manufacturer: Belgard

Designer: Tim Lindgren, Lindgren Landscape

Honorable Mention

Aviator Court

Location: De Pere, WI

Contractor: The Sharper Image Landscaping, De Pere, WI

Manufacturer: County Materials Corporation

Designer: Paul Bowker

Concrete Paver – Residential More than 3,000 square feet


Tumbled Venetian – Truckee

Location: El Dorado Hills, CA

Contractor: LR Landscaping, Auburn, CA

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: Tanna Johns

Honorable Mention

Atkinson Barn

Location: Dry Fork, VA

Contractor: Heath Landscaping, Chatham, VA

Manufacturer: Eagle Bay


Honorable Mention

Driveway, Entryway and Airplane Pool Deck

Location: San Dimas, CA

Contractor: Go Pavers, Studio City, CA

Manufacturer: Orco

Designer:Aaron Barnes

Concrete Paver – Permeable Residential/Commercial


Community First

Location: Neenah, WI

Contractor:Aqua-Paving, Yorkville, IL

Manufacturer: County Materials Corporation

Designer: Ryan Bakke

Honorable Mention

Greeney Residence

Location: Portland, OR

Contractor: Sequoia Stonescapes, Independence, OR

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: Drake’s 7 Dees Landscaping

Combination of Hardscape Products – Residential Less than 4,000 square feet


Woodside Outdoor Living

Location: Pine Grove, PA

Contractor: GoldGlo Landscapes, Millersburg, PA

Manufacturer: Unilock

Designer: GoldGlo Landscapes

Honorable Mention

Stefanski Outdoor Living

Location: Lebanon, PA

Contractor: Hosler’s Homescapes, LLC, Lititz, PA

Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc

Designers: Matthew Kadwill and Dennis Hosler

Combination of Hardscape Products – Residential More than 4,000 square feet


Salema Residence

Location: Wilbraham, MA

Contractor: Bahler Brothers, South Windsor, CT

Manufacturer: Unilock
Designer: Ryan King,Bahler Brothers

Honorable Mention

Federal Style In PA

Location: Hummelstown, PA

Contractor: GoldGlo Landscapes, Millersburg, PA

Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc

Designer: GoldGlo Landscapes


Combination of Hardscape Products – Commercial 


Vanderwende’s Event Venue

Location: Seaford, DE

Contractor: C Vargas Construction, LLC, Seaford, DE

Manufacturers: Belgard and Techo-Bloc

Designer: C Vargas Construction, LLC

Honorable Mention

CareOne Courtyard

Location: Atlantic Highlands, NJ

Contractor: Monello Landscape Industries, Wayne, NJ

Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc

Designer: Joe Monello, Monello Landscape Industries

Segmental Retaining Walls – Residential


Miller Project

Location: Douglasville, GA

Contractor: McPlants, Douglasville, GA

Manufacturer: Belgard

Designer: Craig McManus, McPlants

Honorable Mention

Rain Dance Trail Residence

Location: Nekoosa, WI

Contractor: Paul’s Landscaping, Vesper, WI

Manufacturer: County Materials Corporation

Designer: Mark Paul, Paul’s Landscaping

Segmental Retaining Walls – Commercial


Alta Pinehurst

Location: Lakewood, CO

Contractor: Slaton Bros., Denver, CO

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: Wood Partners

Honorable Mention

Falls Event Center

Location: Littleton, CO

Contractor: Miller Wall Company, Denver, CO

Manufacturer: Keystone Hardscapes

Designer: Marvin Miller

Porcelain – Residential


Alpine Residence

Location: Alpine, UT

Contractor: Mountain West Paver Specialists, American Fork, UT

Manufacturer: Belgard

Designer: Upwall Design Architects

Honorable Mention

Island Circle Retreat

Location: Bennington, NE

Contractor: Craig Tuttle Construction, Omaha, NE

Manufacturer: Belgard

Designer: Marti Neely, APLD, Marti Neely Design and Associates

Porcelain – Commercial


Optima Chicago Center

Location: Chicago, IL

Contractor: C.R. Schmidt, Inc, Warrenville, IL

Manufacturer: Tile Tech Pavers

Designer: Optima, Inc.

Honorable Mention

NVR Key Blvd Arlington VA

Location: Arlington, VA

Contractor: Denison Landscaping, Fort Washington, MD

Manufacturer: Belgard

Designer: Jeff Kreps LA, VIKA Virginia


Clay Brick – Residential


Neiman Residence

Location: Sugar Grove, IL

Contractor: Greenscape Inc.Batavia, IL

Manufacturer: Whitacre Greer Company

Designer: George Murphy, Greenscape Inc.

Honorable Mention

Mays Landing Driveway

Location: Mays Landing, NJ

Contractor: Tough Turf LLC, Egg Harbor Township, NJ

Manufacturer: Pine Hall Brick Company

Designer: Frank Lomangino


Clay Brick – Commercial


Freedom Walkway

Location: Rock Hill, SC

Contractor: Unit Paving Inc., Charlotte, NC

Manufacturer: Pine Hall Brick Company

Designers: Juan Logan and Laurel Holtzapple, groundworks studio

Honorable Mention

McCormick Place HQ Hotel

Location: Chicago, IL

Contractor: C.R. Schmidt, Inc, Warrenville, IL

Manufacturer: Endicott

Designer: Goettsch (AOR) & Site Design Group (LA)

Clay Brick – Permeable Residential/Commercial


Flats East Bank

Location: Cleveland, OH

Contractor: Royal Landscape-Gardening,Garfield Heights, OH

Manufacturer: Pine Hall Brick Company

Designer: Jeff Knopp, RLA, Behnke Landscape Architecture

Honorable Mention

Illinois Realtors Bicentennial Plaza

Location: Springfield, IL

Contractor: Interlock Brick Paving, Morton, IL

Manufacturer: Belden

Designer: Massie and Massie

Natural Stone – Residential/Commercial


Great Lake Terrace

Location: Sheboygan, WI

Contractor: Landmark Landscapes Inc, Sheboygan Falls, WI

Manufacturer: Eden Stone

Designer: Joe Majerus, Landmark Landscapes Inc

Honorable Mention

Riverfront Mansion

Location: Harrisburg, PA

Contractor: GoldGlo Landscapes, Millersburg, PA

Manufacturer: Stone Quarry

Designer: Howard J Supnik

Outdoor Living Features – Residential/Commercial


Schiller Street Oasis

Location: Elmhurst, IL

Contractor: Premier Outdoor Environments, Inc., Elmhurst, IL

Manufacturer: Unilock

Designer: Kevin Barnes and Nathan Filip

Honorable Mention

Nelson Residence

Location: Lovettsville, VA

Contractor: Artisan Exteriors, Lovettsville, VA

Manufacturer: CST Pavers

Designer: Joey Hafner

Vintage Installation – Residential/Commercial


Fourteen Years and Going Strong

Location: Salinas, CA

Contractor: Stowe Contracting, Marina, CA

Manufacturers: Calstone and Pacific Interlock

Designer: Walt Combs

NALP announces winners of 2018 Safety Recognition Awards

The National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) acknowledged a number of landscaping companies for their commitment to safety with the annual Safety Recognition Awards.

NALP logoA total of 203 awards were earned over the time period of Jan. 1, 2017, through Dec. 31, 2018.

Categories included “No Vehicle Accidents,” “No Injuries or Illnesses” and “Overall Safety Achievement Award.” Companies that had participated in previous years could also compete in the “Most Improved” category. Click here for a full list of award recipients.

The “Best of the Best” award is for companies that have earned and maintained the “Overall Safety Achievement Award – Gold Level” status for the past three years. Below are the companies that won the “Best of the Best” this year:

  • Affiliated Grounds Maintenance Group, Inc. – Lake City, Pennsylvania
  • Alliance Landscape Co., LLC – Fort Worth, Texas
  • Arlington Lawncare & Landscape, Inc. – Lake City, Pennsylvania
  • Rushing Lawn and Landscaping, Inc. – Lorton, Virginia
  • Clarence Davids & Company – Plainfield, Illinois
  • Classic Landscapes, Inc. – Hampton, Georgia
  • Curby’s Lawn & Garden, LLC – Olathe, Kansas
  • Quality Lawn, Landscape, & Fence, Inc. – Casstown, Ohio
  • Trio Outdoor Maintenance, LLC – Mt. Clemens, Michigan
  • United Right-Of-Way – Phoenix, Arizona

NALP also reports that its Landscapes 2018 convention held in Louisville, Kentucky, Oct. 16-19 was a success. New educational offerings brought in nearly 100 technicians attending the first-ever hands-on technical training workshops.

“It was an incredible week,” say Sabeena Hickman, NALP CEO. “We were pleased to welcome so many new faces to the conference, with an increase of 54 percent more first-time attendees than last year. We had great feedback on the new schedule, the joint keynote address, as well as the education sessions which were targeted at everyone from CEOs to technicians.”

Fundraising throughout the week and an auction hosted by Marty Grunder and Frank Mariani raised $100,000 to support the Industry Growth Initiative. The NALP also recognized 161 Awards of Excellence winners during its annual awards reception. Click here to see the complete list of winners.

ICPI launches Workforce Development Program for contractors

In response to the wide-spread need for skilled employees, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) launched a Workforce Development program to attract and train new installers and contractors.

icpi logoThe ICPI created a Workforce Development Special Committee in 2017 that worked on developing a strategy and plan that includes a career path, a boot camp training program, installer curriculum development and promotion of hardscape construction careers.

“We are all aware of the labor shortage in construction, and especially in our industry,” says Kendall Anderegg, ICPI chair. “Many contractors install both concrete pavers and segmental retaining walls. So, it makes good sense for the organizations to collaborate in helping new and existing installers and contractors gain the best possible, skills, education and experience.”

The Hardscape Installer/Contractor Career Path is the joint effort of ICPI and the National Concrete Masonry Association (NCMA).

ICPI’s boot camps will kick off December 2018 and other certifications and courses will start in 2019. Click here to see what all ICPI’s Hardscape Contractor Career Path will offer in the coming year.

Spring Touch offers veterans a $30,000 franchise fee

Spring Touch Lawn & Pest control is searching for a veteran in the Midwest to receive a $30,000 franchise fee for their own Spring Touch operation.

The winner will not only have their franchise fees waived but they will also receive training and mentoring from the founders, and the first year of strategic marketing, customer call center support and professional accounting is included in the franchise fee prize.

The winning veteran can start his/her business in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, North Dakota, South Dakota, Michigan or Illinois.

“We are committed to helping veterans transition to civilian life and providing them with the support and resources needed to be successful business owners,” says Nathan Newlands, co-founder and Australian Royal Air Force veteran. “We are honored to play a small part in helping support our veterans.”

Veterans can enter for the giveaway here.

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