ICPI 2015 Annual Meeting Highlights

March 2, 2015

Thanks goes out to all that attended the ICPI 2015 Annual Meeting in San Antonio, Texas! We encourage you to share these highlights with your staff and colleagues. Complete meeting minutes for each of the committees will be available on the ICPI members only section of the website in the coming weeks. If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback, please contact us at icpi@icpi.org.

General Session

[img_assist|nid=4763|title=Kerrigan|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=300|height=305]ICPI Chair-Elect Joe Kerrigan Welcomes Attendees and Guests.

ICPI Chair-elect Joe Kerrigan opened the general session with a warm welcome to San Antonio, Texas. He first recognized the session sponsor, ACM Chemistries, and all meeting sponsors whose contributions helped offset meeting expenses.  Mr. Kerrigan then recognized ICPI’s past chairmen, new members, special guests and stellar performance by those in the member recruitment campaign

ICPI Secretary-Treasurer Mike Mueller then presented the ICPI Financial Report and noted that in the past fiscal year, revenue exceeded expenses. He described revenue sources and how expenses are allocated over programs. One highlight is ICPI dues revenue is well below association averages, suggesting that a significant portion of income is from non-dues sources.

Mr. Mueller announced new board members elected for 2015-2018 including the following members: Andrew Abols, Lafarge; Fred Adams, Jr., Fred Adams Paving; Steve Berry, Oldcastle APG East; Marshall Brown, ACM Chemistries; Charles Ciccarello, Techo-Bloc; George Strzala, Borgert Products; and Ross Yantzi, Ross Yantzi’s Pavestone Plus.  Dave Carter, Chair of the Leadership Development & Succession Committee, announced the proposed slate of ICPI officers including Secretary/Treasurer Mike Mueller, TEKA Equipment, Chair–elect Matt Lynch, Oldcastle APG Northeast, and Chairman David Pitre, Pavestone Company.

Next, Steve Berry, Chair of the ICPI Foundation Board of Trustees updated the group on several research projects for completion this year:   

  • PICP Structural Tests at UC Davis – This project validated and improved our PICP thickness design charts. The deliverables will be used in the emerging ASCE PICP design standard. 
  • PICP Monitoring by the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority – This study demonstrated substantial water pollution and volume reductions on a parking lot with asphalt, pervious concrete and PICP. It also showed the deicing salts move through PICP rather than damage the soil.   
  • PICP Monitoring by NC State University – This demonstrated that PICP infiltrates water even in low-infiltration clay soils, and that PICP helps reduce nutrients that pollute lakes and streams.
  • Landscape Architecture Foundation - This project developed teaching tools by universities for measuring performance of ICP and PICP systems. Measuring the performance of various landscape systems is a priority for the landscape architecture profession. Our approach was to see how landscape performance can be taught in university landscape architecture programs.
  • Product Category Rules for Segmental Paving Products - The Foundation funded a consultant to write PCRs for our products and guide it through an ASTM committee. The PCR sets guidelines for creating life cycle assessments and environmental product declarations. Thanks to LEED version 4, LCAs and EPDs are gaining interest among designers and will see growing influence in product selection.
  • University of Missouri study on PICP Hydraulics - This study quantifies how much lateral water flow PICP receives from an adjacent impervious pavement. Tests evaluated new and sediment-filled PICP at various slopes, joint widths and jointing stone sizes. The study provides guidance on how much runoff can be received by PICP. A set of design charts will help determine how much water can be taken by PICP systems.

Mr. Berry announced that the ICPI Foundation Board of Trustees granted Applied Research Associates, Inc. funds to conduct paving slab modeling and for developing structural design charts. This will help us better define the extent of vehicular traffic that can be received by paving slabs, planks and thin pavers on various bedding materials, bases and subgrade soils.

He noted that the ability to fund these projects comes from generous donations from over 60 companies and individuals totaling 3.7 million dollars. He noted that the goal is to reach $5 million and thanked several recent contributors including:

  • Lehigh Hanson - $100,000
  • Unilock - $250,000 (total contribution = $500,000)
  • Oldcastle - $250,000 (total contribution = $750,000)

Mr. Berry invited everyone to support the Foundation in reaching the $5 million goal.  He invited those who have not yet contributed to make a pledge and those who have already contributed to consider contributing again. 

[img_assist|nid=4762|title=RossandBender|desc=|link=none|align=left|width=350|height=347]ICPI Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients Chris Ross (left) and David Bender (right).

Mr. Berry then turned to honor the first of two Lifetime Achievement Award recipients. The first was Chris Ross who has spent a lifetime growing the industry.  He was recognized for lifetime achievement as a pioneer in the segmental concrete paving industry and for his commitment, insight and guidance that he generously shared to help grow the industry.

Next, Elliot Bender took the podium to recognize another industry innovator that helped shape the industry…his father, David Bender. Mr. Bender is known as a revolutionary in the industry with a strong passion for leading marketing efforts to help overcome other barriers to paver sales.  Mr. Bender was recognized for a lifetime achievement of exceptional leadership and contributions that helped guide the growth of the association.

Finally, ICPI Chair of the Board David Pitre presented the State of the Institute. He began with an analogy of our recent industry economic conditions compared to an airplane pulling out of steep dive and ascending. Continuing with this theme throughout his speech, Mr. Pitre noted “annual ICPI surveys from the past several years confirms descent and ascent with the 600 billion dollar construction market.  While we are all flying into 2015, a steady compass heading indicates members moving into wider range of products for residential and commercial sales. Some of these include PICP, paving slabs and planks. Members are executing flight plans via expanded promotion and sales programs.” 

Mr. Pitre thanked the Paving Slab Special Committee for generating a to-do list for ICPI to provide technical support to this market. He reported that the Technical and Construction Committees immediately took ownership of this list and are developing Tech Specs on design and construction methods and the ICPI Foundation lent their support by funding the development of structural design charts for paving slabs. This effort will help create more reliable applications of dry cast, wet cast and hydraulically pressed slabs and related products on a range of soils and traffic conditions.

He reported on an increase in ICPI Certification courses, the new ICPI/NCMA Commercial Sales course and the efforts of the Commercial Technical Promotion Team.  Mr. Pitre noted several joint ICPI-NCMA projects including ICON Xchange, opposing OSHA’s proposed silica rules, co-promoting webinars for government officials, and NCMA’s endorsement of Hardscape North America and the HNA Awards program. In addition there is a joint task group developing joint meeting guidelines.

Mr. Pitre then demonstrated how one member has helped address key strategic targets that help institutionalize ICP and PICP.  Bob Roehrig, County Materials participates on a committee created by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.  The committee wanted to create guidelines for using permeable pavements. He contacted staff who drafted guidelines. This document became the starting point for including PICP design guidelines as well as other systems. The guidelines changed the discussion so that the Wisconsin DNR could offer credits to developers that use permeable pavements. Other members have included staff in revisions to permeable pavement guidelines in Minnesota, North Carolina, Ontario, New Jersey and Washington, DC and Washington.

Chairman Pitre noted that some cities and state agencies are contacting ICPI staff directly for installer training and presentations such as the City of Washington, DC requesting PICP installer training to support the City’s incentive program for retrofitting residential driveways with PICP. Another example is the Ohio Department of Natural Resources contacting ICPI to contribute to a one-day seminar on permeable pavements this April.  Additionally, the City of Berkeley, CA used parts of the ICPI presentation in a report recommending that the City Council try PICP. In 2014, the City completed their first PICP demonstration project, Alston Way, about 30,000 sf next to a high school.

Mr. Pitre recapped several accomplishments in 2014. ICPI continues developing and improving design resources. Several new Tech Specs were developed including subjects covering crosswalks, bitumen-set applications, and paver test methods. An existing Tech Spec on LEED has been completely revised to explain how our products and systems can earn credits through LEED version 4.  Permeable Design Pro is upgraded with CAD drawing output. The program does PICP hydrologic and structural calculations, then presents the thicker of the two solutions with CAD drawing output. The CAD output increases the program’s utility by saving designers time and money.  The program can be downloaded with a free 30-day trial www.permeabledesignpro.com.

Mr. Pitre thanked everyone involved in making Hardscape North America the most successful show ever. He reported the largest attendance ever and increases exhibit space as well as the largest participation in education sessions and courses.

Finally, Mr. Pitre outlined several items coming for 2015 including the development of our next three-year strategic plan, one-hour presentations on inspecting ICP and PICP, a new ICPI website, a marketing plan to promote ICPI and certified installers and new construction videos for the certified installer courses.

He concluded by encouraging member participation in creating new tools and programs to help gain more market share. Expanding market share often leads to expanding even more market share.

Networking and Social Events

With over 180 members at the 2015 Annual Meeting, all evening events at this year’s annual meeting were successful networking opportunities! 

The ICPI Social Event started at Rio Rio Cantina on the beautiful San Antonio Riverwalk. With background Spanish guitar music, members enjoyed delicious Tex-Mex food, margaritas and a relaxed atmosphere for networking. Afterwards, the group walked to Howl at the Moon to dance the night away. Thank you to our Social Event sponsors: ACM Chemistries, Besser Company, Krete Industries and Pathfinder Systems.

The Member Networking Reception was held jointly with NCMA on Tuesday evening at the Hyatt Regency Hill Country Resort. This reception culminated a successful week of productive committee meetings and events. With over 250 ICPI and NCMA members in attendance, this reception offered a great opportunity to network with industry leaders from the concrete masonry and paver industries! Thank you to our networking reception sponsors: ACM Chemistries, Columbia Machine, Hess Machinery, KOBRA Molds, Krete Industries, Masa Group, Rampf Molds, Rekers NA and TEKA North America.

Leadership Development Forum

ICPI held a successful inaugural Leadership Development Forum during the 2015 Annual meeting.  The forum provided information and guidance to new members, first time attendees and any members interested in getting involved in committees or ICPI leadership.  An informal presentation was made more than 25 attendees, sharing information and member experiences on their involvement with ICPI.  Thank you to all the members who provided their testimonials and support, and to all who attended, we look forward to your continued involvement with ICPI! 

ASCE Members Hear ICPI Presentation on UC Davis Structural Testing Results

During the ICPI annual meeting, seven members from the San Antonio ASCE chapter and ten ICPI members attended a presentation by David Smith on the UC Davis PICP structural testing. He provided an overview on current AASHTO-based methods used for PICP structural design. He then explained the UC Davis test program and the mechanistic analysis used to better predict rutting under wheel loads. The presentation concluded by showing the subbase thickness design charts proposed by UC Davis. The thickness of the No. 2 (3 or 4) subbase stone depends on the soil’s shear strength and resilient modulus, on the number of days annually the soil and subbase are saturated, and on the lifetime 18,000 lb. equivalent single axle loads or ESALs. The result is, in most cases, a decrease in subbase thicknesses compared to the AASHTO-based design subbase thickness design chart published by ICPI in 2011. The session concluded with an extensive conversation on PICP and how to address design in San Antonio’s clay/expansive soils.  

Hardscape North America Steering Special Committee

2014 Hardscape North America performance metrics reported continued growth for the show. The 2014 show drew attendees in a similar geographic pattern to 2013 with 1,918 hardscape contractors and distributors there and more than 8,800 combined landscape and hardscape contractors at the collocated GIE+EXPO show. HNA attendance grew 22% over the 2013 show and attracted 43 new exhibiting companies. The show resulted in a 7% increase in exhibit booth sales making it the largest HNA ever. The show continues to generate revenue and again exceed expectations in 2014 with approximately $216,000 generated in net revenue, a 44% increase over 2013.  These funds are reinvested in programs and services for ICPI members.

The HNA Contractor Education Task Group reported that due to popular demand, two new session tracks will be added to the education program, making it a total of 8 sessions (4 each day) being offered at HNA. The Distributor Education Task Group is working on a theme and speakers for the 2015 program. The Hardscape Installer Championship Task Group plans to launch regional championships hosted by local producers that will lead up to the final national championship at HNA 2015.

The HNA Awards will launch a new program format for 2015. The show will move from a breakfast on Friday morning to a Gallery Exhibition during show hours and an Awards Reception on Thursday afternoon at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

Several task groups were created during the HNA Special Committee meeting in an effort to expand the HNA brand and grow contractor and distributor attendance more broadly over North America including the West coast and Canada.

Commercial Technical Promotion Special Committee

As of January 23, 2015 there are 215 members on the CTP Team. These team members represent 60 unique companies.

Craig Walloch reported on the NCMA Plant Certification Program. It was noted NCMA is bringing this program to their Board for approval this month. If approved, the program will move ahead on a ‘soft-sell’ basis with interested NCMA members getting there plants certified but without major press releases to the engineering community. 

Currently there are 11 webinars available to CTP Team members on a wide range of commercial market oriented topics. There are 6 more webinars planned before the end of June 2015.

The Commercial Sales Course was held in November 2014 and had 34 participants. The event was highly rated by participants. The Board approved holding the course for a third time at some point from December 2014 through January 2015.

An update of staff activities was presented which included presentations since the summer meeting, presentations that are scheduled and participation in other regulatory and standard development activities. A list of staff activities initiated by members contacting staff was also provided.

A summary of the fourth CTP Team Activities survey was presented which indicates the efforts of the group are having a positive impact on the commercial market.

The expectations of team members was modified slightly to remove subjective measure and focus on the need for members to share identified obstacles so they may be overcome collectively.

There was also a discussion about the restructuring of the committee. Members will include vice chairs from Education, Marketing, Technical and Construction, along with two representatives from each of the five regions (Canada, North West United States, South West United States, North East United States and South East United States). The plan is to also have regional conference calls to drive team member engagement.

Contractor Education Subcommittee

The report to the committee showed the number of Concrete Paver Installer courses was up significantly, the Commercial and Residential Paver Technician courses the same as last year and the PICP courses down. Overall there is an increase in the total number of courses being offered.

Certification renewals is holding similar to last year with an anticipated rate of 15%. It was noted this would be the last year for renewal of certifications with a five year term which will now require submission of experience and continuing education. It is anticipated that the renewal rate for 2016 will increase to approximately 50%. It is estimated that the number of certified installers at the end of June 2015 will be approximately 3,270.

The video for the Concrete Paver Installer course has been updated and several sections were shown to the committee. A section on safety was also added so there are 9 segments now. These videos will be made available to CPI Instructors immediately using internet delivery. Those who can’t download the files can opt to have them mailed to them. There was also significant discussion about making them available on YouTube.

The criteria and methods for measuring the success of education programs was also presented. This will be used when reviewing courses and developing webinars, presentations and sessions.

There was discussion about the Commercial Paver Technician course and the task group’s suggestion to take the existing content and remove specific application sections which will be made into individual specialist level courses. The remaining content will be compressed into a one day training.

The Advanced Residential Paver Technician course is being reviewed by a task group. They have completed a high level overview of the content and are now looking at the specific sections in detail. Currently the task group is planning to significantly reduce the review section and expand the specific application areas like outdoor kitchens.

Education Committee

A summary of the Education Needs Assessment findings were presented. The survey showed awareness of programs is improving since 2011 but there is still more work to do.  Online learning is a general direction where people are moving. Contractors will take longer to move towards that format.  Contractors still prefer in person learning for now.  Blended options are also a consideration for the future.

A task group was created to look at the video content that ICPI has and determine if there is an effective way to repurpose, package and distribute it.

Increasing awareness of the Certified Installer program is key to the strategic goals and it was reported that a communication and promotion plan needs to be put in place to increase the awareness of certification among consumers in the residential market and specifiers/municipalities in the commercial market. It is also important to educate contractors on self-promotion of their certification as well as increase manufacturer support of the certification program. Numerous promotional tasks were identified and a recommendation was sent to the Marketing committee on how best to prioritize them.

The Commercial Sales course was held in November 2014 and had 34 participants. The event was highly rated by participants. The Board approved holding the course for a third time at some point from December 2014 through January 2015.

There was a discussion about potential metrics that could be used to evaluate the effectiveness of the PaveShare website host and developed by UGA. It was recommended that ICPI continue to support the website and that members should reach out to their local student chapters of professional associations like ACI and ASLA. It was reported that ICPI participate in the PCA’s Professor Workshop in 2014 and it is an effective way to connect with civil engineering professors. It was recommended to continue this participation in 2015.

On Monday afternoon, David Smith presented information about the PICP structural research being conducted at UC Davis. The event was promoted to the local ASCE chapter. The event was attended by four engineers and two landscape architects as well as ten members of ICPI.

The Inspection of Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Systems presentation will be launched as a webinar on March 10, 2015, after which members can a copy of the presentations which they can present to their local design professionals. The presentations will be registered with and approved by AIA and ASLA.  The presentations will be packaged and sold to members with instructions and required forms.

Construction Committee

Tech Spec 17 was reviewed by a task group and minor changes were presented to the committee and approved. Tech Spec 5 was reviewed by the committee and was re-approved for publication. Work continues on the development of a geosynthetics tech spec.

The APIC Promotion task group presented information to the committee about their efforts. The program has been promoted for 2 years and to date has a total of 12 participants.

For this reason the task group is recommending that:

  1. The effort to promote the program be discontinued.
  2. No additional application for participation in the APIC program be accepted.
  3. Current participants be allowed to keep their APIC status until it expires in October 1, 2015.
  4. The webpage listing the participants remain on the website until October 1, 2015.
  5. Participants receive a full refund of the APIC fees that they have paid
  6. An email be sent to participants noting the program will be discontinued effective October 1, 2015 and that they will receive a refund.

The concepts promoted as part of this program are positive steps for the industry. It is the task group’s intent that the information and materials developed for the APIC program be utilized in other ICPI efforts and programs for the betterment of the industry. It is also possible to resurrect the program at some future date if the need for such a program increases and the conditions are favorable.

In the last six months there has been little visible activity by OSHA as its processing about 1,200 comments from industry. However it was noted that industry needs to continue communicating the importance of reducing the exposure of workers to respirable silica dust. A task group was formed to review existing ICPI documents and update information on how to comply with existing OSHA regulations.

It was recommended that a workplace health and safety consultant be hired to develop a US based hardscape contractor template safety manual.

The task group continues to work on the development of a white paper defining the standards for stabilized joint sand. Representatives from two stabilized sand product suppliers are participating in the work.

A task group was formed to review the comments received regarding Tech Spec 11 - Mechanical Installation of Interlocking Concrete Pavements.

Information was presented about the Department of Energy’s activities to regulate outdoor fire pits and fireplaces. It was requested that Government Relations look into this activity to get a better understanding of what the DOE is trying to do.

There was a discussion about developing more materials related to the maintenance of PICP systems. Proposals being sent to the ICPI Foundation from the University of Toronto were discussed and a task group was formed to review research on maintenance and develop a list of maintenance methods for PICP systems.

Government Relations Committee

The committee received an update from Randy Pence, government relations counsel, on advocacy and monitoring of legislative and regulatory issues. ICPI is now proposing a new bill language for the successor bill of MAP-21. The following language is being proposed (For insertion in R&D chapters):

“The Secretary [of Transportation] is authorized to engage in activities to overcome barriers to adoption of permeable, pervious, and porous pavements by state and local transportation authorities. Such activities may include: training of such authorities on design, construction, and maintenance of such pavements through Local Technical Assistance Program centers or other means. The Secretary is authorized to conduct research on full scale load testing that validates mechanistic design methods resulting in structural design methods for street and highway applications for travel lanes and road shoulders that decrease environmental impacts and enhance sustainability. The Secretary is authorized to conduct projects that demonstrate 1) flood control and stormwater pollutant and volume reductions, including mitigation of impacts from super-storms and hurricanes; 2) life cycle assessment and life cycle cost analysis compared to conventional impervious pavements, and air pollution reduction. Demonstration projects may include re-use and integration of pavements with other cost-effective water conservation practices designed to treat, reduce or remove pollutants by allowing stormwater runoff to return infiltration similar to predevelopment hydrologic conditions, and stormwater harvesting.”

The ICPI PaverPAC continues supporting candidates in the House and Senate in support of ICPI’s proposed language.  A PaverPAC reception during the meeting raised over $6,000 in personal contributions. ICPI continues to monitor the proposed OSHA silica regulations and agreed to continue to participate in the Construction Industry Safety Coalition and the American Chemistry Council Silica Panel as a member of the Concrete and Masonry Silica Coalition.

The Canadian Government Relations Subcommittee reported that ICPI’s sponsorship of the Federation Canadian Municipalities convention successful generated interest by Canadian municipalities in interlocking and permeable interlocking concrete pavements. To support awareness at the FCM event, the ICPI municipal brochure was tailored for Canadian case studies and distributed. The committee proposed continued support of this sponsorship.

Technical Committee

Closure was brought to proposed changes in freeze-thaw durability testing criteria for concrete pavers. The committee approved a task group recommendation to approve an optional -15° C (5° F) as the lowest temperature when conducting freeze-thaw testing. Per a draft ASTM ballot presented to the committee with this non-mandatory change in C936, this gives paver producers and specifiers of commercial projects the option to increase confidence in freeze-thaw durability. The optional lower testing temperature is similar to that used in for clay paving units (C67) and for that used for ready-mix concrete (C666, C672). The approved draft changes to C936 will likely move to balloting by ASTM Subcommittee C15.03 at the June 2015 meeting after review by the ASTM C15.03.03 Task Group on Concrete Paving Units.

Another task group is investigating structural design criteria for concrete paving slabs, planks and thin paving units. The task group and committee were pleased to learn that the ICPI Foundation Trustees approved funds for Applied Research Associates, Inc. to conduct finite element modeling of a range of paving units on a range of bedding materials, bases and soil subgrade strengths. The deliverable from the modeling will be structural design charts. These will include design recommendations for mega-slabs as well.

In addition, there has been a recent discovery of a wealth of newly released information on structural design by the German paving slab industry. Thanks goes to Alwin Bennmann for assisting in obtaining recent German guidelines on pavement design for slabs and mega-slab paving units. Modeling will be compared to German design approaches. The final goal is a Tech Spec on structural design for these paving slab products and have it correspond to a Tech Spec on construction being developed by the Construction Committee.

A slab product standard is moving through balloting at ASTM Subcommittee C15.03. The standard uses flexural testing as a strength criteria (same as CSA), as well as freeze-thaw durability testing per ASTM C1645. Ballot results are expected in March and will address any negative votes in time for balloting this spring by the entire C15 main committee.

The committee received updates on several projects that will benefit the industry. First, the ASCE PICP standard is nearing completion. The next ASCE committee meeting is in mid-March which includes some ICPI members. The standard will include design charts developed from the UC Davis structural testing. We expect completion and approval of this standard by ASCE later this year. Another ASCE deliverable due in April is an e-book called Permeable Pavements. This covers most permeable pavement products and systems and will be a landmark publication for use by civil engineers and landscape architects.

The Technical Committee and Board endorsed an NCMA plant certification program in development for the past few years. This is a voluntary program that includes auditing a plant’s quality control/quality assurance procedures by an outside auditor. NCMA will run the program on behalf of ICPI members who chose to participate. The program is especially useful to members who promote to public road agencies or other clients who request industry-approved plant certification. It’s another tool available to help secure segmental concrete paving products (and SRWs) within public agency specifications. The program requirements are available upon request from ICPI or NCMA.  

The Committee received an update on several ICPI Foundation projects. These include Product Category Rules (PCR) which are almost complete and will be published by ASTM this spring. The Foundation approved development of a guidance document for paver producers to use in conducting life cycle analyses (LCAs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs). A PCR sets the guidelines for LCAs and EPDs. Along these lines, the Technical Committee and the ICPI Board of Directors approved joint funding with NCMA of a plant energy use inventory tool that will be helpful in conducting LCAs. Delivery of this tool is expected by late summer. The intent is to provide the guidance document and an energy use inventory tool to producers for use in working with LCA consultants and in developing EPDs.

The University of Missouri is completing hydraulic testing of PICP using 6, 10 and 12 mm joint sizes with No. 8 and 9 stone at intermittent slopes up to 10%. We expect a report in early spring that will help clarify the amount of impervious area that can run-on to PICP. The testing and modeling will include sediment loading to assist in predicting when PICP surface cleaning might be required. This tool may be included in the emerging ASCE PICP standard noted previously.

In other items, a task group was created to review ICPI’s guide specifications. There are 16 US and 16 Canadian guide specs on icpi.org and these will be updated to better support members and design professionals. Further, staff presented information on using a light weight deflectometer (per ASTM testing methods) to assess the stiffness of open-graded stone subbases and bases in PICP. This tool is seeing increased used by a few state highway agencies for all types of bases and soils. The technology is more reliable and effective than nuclear density testing which is replete with variability and cannot be used on large stone size subbases such ASTM No. 2, 3 or 4. Staff presented a draft test method to include in ICPI’s PICP guide construction specification. Additional testing data on stiffness and deflection will be presented at a future Technical Committee meeting to affirm the use of this test method.  

At the conclusion of the meeting and his last meeting as Technical Committee Chair, Kevin Earley was presented a plaque and thanked by rising chair Richard Bodie and by the entire committee for three years of leadership and accomplishments.

Meetings, Membership and Trade Show Committee

The 2015 Summer Meeting will be co-located with NCMA, August 18-21, 2015 in Montreal, QC at the Le Centre Sheraton. Task groups will help plan a golf or alternative member outing, as well as a member engagement activity during the networking reception or social event.  An ongoing task group will work on identifying potential member prospects to invite to the Summer Meeting, as well as help promote the meeting to members in the area.

Retention and recruitment statistics were reviewed and the committee continues to focus efforts on outreach to prospective members through task groups. The committee also reviewed various member engagement initiatives including green badges for all newcomers, the inaugural Leadership Development Forum, and a new task group to explore volunteer opportunities for members outside of meetings.

The 2016 Bauma Tour Task Group presented their planned schedule for the pre-show tour, which will take place in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  The five day tour will consist of technical plant and site tours along with other cultural points of interest, and then transfer participants to Munich for the 2016 Bauma show.

Based on new guidelines proposed by the ICPI/NCMA Joint Meetings Task Group, the committee voted to have a stand-alone meeting in summer 2016, and based on recommendations from the task group the location for that meeting will be Nashville, TN. 

Marketing Committee

The Marketing Committee approved changes to the Annual Industry Sales Survey to better provide clear definition of market segments for greater accuracy in tracking sales.  The committee also approved and prioritized an integrated marketing plan aimed at increasing awareness of ICPI to end user audiences in order to meet the strategic plan objectives to brand ICPI as the authority on segmental concrete paving systems and increase overall brand visibility to ALL user groups.  ICPI’s Installer Development and Certification program is a key driver in communicating industry guidelines and best practices to end users. Promoting ICPI Certified Installers to end users will be prominent throughout this plan.  While it targets external audiences, a task group was established to develop a plan to communicate internally to promote ICPI programs and services to members.  Two other task groups were established; one to evaluate options for members to participate in a community service program and the other to current resources and needs for sales staff to be able to sell concrete pavers based on life cycle cost analysis benefits.  At the conclusion of the meeting and her last meeting as Marketing Committee Chair, Kendall Anderegg was presented a plaque and thanked by rising chair Gary Ross and by the entire committee for three years of leadership and accomplishments.

Dues & Bylaws Committee

The Dues & Bylaws Committee heard reports and updates from several special committees related to membership and dues.  They recommended that no dues increase be implemented this year.  A task group was established to evaluate dues structure for small producers making less than 1 million square feet per year.  Several new policies were approved including a policy on recording & reconciling fixed assets, a policy on unapproved expenses, a revised policy on literature distribution to members, and a revised policy on trade show donations.  The revised trade show donation policy makes it more equitable for members to participate. At the conclusion of the meeting and his last meeting as Dues & Bylaws Committee Chair, Chuck Chambers was presented a plaque and thanked by rising chair Victoria McCrie and by the entire committee for three years of leadership and accomplishments.

Board of Directors

The Board received an update on the 2013-16 Strategic Plan, accepted the 2013-14 audited financial statements, received an interim report on financial statements as of December 31, 2014 of ICPI, approved a reserve fund, and approved the budget for fiscal 2015-16. The Board received reports from the Commercial Technical Promotion Special Committee, Hardscape North America Steering Special Committee, Slab Special Committee and Alternative Products Special Committee. The Board appointed Trustees to the ICPI Foundation and ratified actions of the Executive Committee. The Board acted upon proposed policy recommendations from the Dues & Bylaws Committee. ICPI officers elected for 2014-15 were David Pitre, Chair, Matt Lynch, Chair-elect and Mike Mueller, Secretary/Treasurer. 

ICPI Foundation

The ICPI Foundation received an update on its current funded programs including the University of California Davis PICP Structural Testing, North Carolina State University PICP Research, TRCA PICP Research, LAF Grants Project, PICP Hydraulics Research and Product Category Rules Development Project.  For an update on the status of these projects, please click here.