ICPI Foundation for Education and Research

What is the ROI for the Foundation's Research Programs?

"Ideal strives to be regarded as a resource to architects, engineers, design professionals and contractors by providing sound, reliable useful information. The research and data derived from the programs funded by the Foundation helps validate the information we seek to convey. When we achieve their understanding, acceptance and confidence, the adoption and use of the products we manufacture and sell are incorporated into their project design and construction."

- Larry Nicolai, Sr. Vice President, Pavers by Ideal


What's the Foundation's Mission?

To fund targeted educational and research programs and industry tools that will benefit the segmental concrete paver industry, in line with the strategic goals of ICPI, in a financialy sustainable way.


If you want to see what the industry will look like years from now, look at the work the ICPI Foundation for Education and Research is doing today. Established in 2000, the Foundation funds projects that help position members, contributors and the industry for a stronger, profitable and more secure future.


Full-scale Load Testing of Paving Slabs and Planks Full-scale Load Testing of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Winter Operational and Maintenance Best Management Practices (BMPs) for PICP


How Have ICPI Foundation-funded Projects Increased Paver Sales?

The Foundation follows a strategic approach when selecting projects to fund:

  1. Demonstrate the segmental concrete pavement systems are a strong, durable structural surface
  2. Help landscape architects, engineers, and contractors understand how best to design interlocking concrete paver projects
  3. Determine best practices for maintenance
  4. Perform life-cycle cost analysis to demonstrate the financial viability and structural benefits of segmental concrete pavement systems

Industry Advancement

"The University of California-Davis full-scale load testing and mechanistic modeling of permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) project was important for my company and the industry. Foundation staff worked hand-and-hand with UC-Davis and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) on the state's pervious pavement design guidelines. Getting the structural design guidelines and procedures approved by Caltrans provides a real level of confidence for engineers, government officials, and contractors. The guidelines establish PICP as a validated and useful solution for municipalities, state government, and even private commercial projects. In particular, the ICPI cross section and PICP Class 4 Aggregate Base Thickness Chart have been very helpful in working with designers not only in California, but also in Nevada."

- Ron Illium, P.E., Regional Engineer for Basalite

"Knowing and educating the customer about the latest Foundation research provides me with a significant advantage over competitors who are less informed. I can refer to the Foundation's work with the University of New Hampshire Stormwater Center when I discuss cold-weather PICP project benefits. If a customer has questions about different joint widths and jointing stones sizes at various slopes, I can point to the Foundation's research project with the University of Missouri."

- Kevin Earley, Director of Commercial Belgard Pavers, Oldcastle

"A common question I receive from customers and designers is what type of paver, slab or plank they should use for a particular application. The common response was the aspect ratio. However, this doesn't apply well to larger format pavers. Through ICPI and the Foundation, we were able to fund and perform finite element analysis that clearly defined what type and thickness of product are suitable for different traffic conditions. This will be a tremendous asset to Oaks and the industry."

- Glenn Herold, P.Eng., Director of Commercial Solutions for Oaks Concrete Products


What Foundation Research Projects Are Underway and What Does the Foundation Hope to Accomplish?

"I'm really excited about the life-cycle cost research for PICP. PICP can help transform the commercial side of the industry. The Foundation's research will shine a positive light on PICP and help make it a more recognized and implemented solution for infrastructure and other commercial applications."

- David Pitre, Director of Engineering Products, Keystone Hardscapes

Currently, the Foundation is funding and conducting a number of projects with a significant impact on commercial sales of interlocking concrete pavers and permeable interlocking concrete pavers. In addition to developing tools to help engineers and landscape architects design projects and help owners understand how to maintain them, the Foundation is tackling one of the most important challenges - demonstrating the cost-effectiveness of segmental concrete pavement systems through life-cycle cost analysis.

PICP Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA), Tools and Training

This project surveys the life-cycle costs of selected PICP projects, influencing factors, and monetization of PICP lifetime benefits. This resulted in development of an Excel tool for calculating LCCAs accompanied by a report that provides rationale on accounting for off-site benefits. The project includes training materials for ICPI member sales force and a training workshop. A list of potential PICP projects for LCCA has been provided for review. These will be converted to case studies with training materials for ICPI commercial sales representatives. ICPI is already rolling out this tool to its members.

For more information on Foundation Projects, click here.


How Can You Get Involved?

The ICPI Foundation created an endowment funded by pledges from industry supporters. It is a U.S. 501(c)(3) charitable and educational non-profit organization, making donors eligible for tax-deductible contributions. Typically, pledges to the endowment are paid over five years. Trustees employ an investment strategy to protect the endowment while utilizing interest and gains on those investments to fund programs.

Why Invest in the ICPI Foundation?

Many technical and education challenges faced by the industry that will affect your business are being addressed by the ICPI Foundation. Donating is an investment in your future company. Your contribution supports the industry from which you, your family, or corporation has benefited over the years.

Investment Levels

The Paver Society
Chairman's Cabinet $500,000 +
Trustee's Council $250,000 +
Founder $150,000 +
Ambassador $100,000 +
Governor $50,000 +
Regent $25,000 +

Other Giving Opportunities
Fellow $15,000 +
Patron $10,000 +
Benefactor $5,000 +
Sponsor $3,000 +
Friend $1,000 +