ICPI Builds Foundation for Industry Progress at 2017 Annual Meeting

February 23, 2017

At its 2017 Annual Meeting, ICPI took major strides towards achieving its mission to deliver education and technical guidance leading to awareness, acceptance and use of segmental concrete pavement systems in the United States and Canada.

With nearly 200 representatives of member companies in attendance on February 14-17 at the Arizona Grand Resort  in Phoenix, the meeting featured significant progress on technical, construction, education, and industry marketing initiatives.

Highlights included: 

  • A new Tech Spec on permeable interlocking concrete pavement maintenance was approved, while two others on construction of interlocking concrete pavement and design, construction and maintenance of interlocking concrete pavement crosswalks were reapproved.
  • The Technical Committee received the near-final 120-page ASCE/ANSI PICP standard guide on design, construction and maintenance. This document is being balloted by the ASCE PICP standards committee that includes ICPI staff and several ICPI members on it. When approved, this standard will be a significant sales tool for ICPI members.
  • The Education Committee reported strong progress towards finalizing the ICPI Education Road Map, which provides a three-tiered structure for training sales professionals, design professionals, university students, and project owners.  For contractors, the committee is building on its current installer education program.
  • The Marketing Committee announced the new “Why Buy ICPI?” campaign that will encourage members to buy from other members, as well as convey important member product information to end users.
  • The Meetings, Membership and Tradeshow Committee reviewed a new Membership Recruitment and Retention plan designed to attract and retain a wide range of members, including producers, associates (suppliers), dealers/distributors, contractors, and designers. The committee was also informed that FY17 membership will likely surpass FY16 totals.

The General Session Luncheon on Thursday afternoon featured guest speaker Thomas Sweet, PE, LEED AP, Senior Engineer with AECOM. Mr. Sweet told the story of how the first full-width, permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) street in California, Allston Way, materialized in Berkeley. Besides significant stormwater runoff and pollutant reduction, the street has demonstrated a 90% reduction in greenhouse gasses compared to an asphalt road.

The PaverPAC Reception attracted more than 60 members who contributed $7,750 to support the Institute’s efforts.

The ICPI Social Event took place at the Rustler’s Rooste high on the resort grounds, presenting a smashing view of Phoenix. Members enjoyed western steakhouse cuisine, live music, great conversation, cocktails, a photo booth and games. Thank you to our Social Event sponsors: ACM Chemistries, Columbia Machine, Innovative Concrete Technology, LLC, Krete, MASA-USA, Pathfinder and Solidia Technologies.

The Joint Member Networking Reception with NCMA was held on Friday evening on a concrete paver courtyard, Paseo, enclosed by giant palm trees at the Arizona Grand. The reception culminated a successful week of productive ICPI meetings and events, and served as a kickoff for the B2B and NCMA events. With 300 ICPI and NCMA members in attendance, this reception offered a great networking opportunity with industry leaders from the concrete masonry and paver industries.

ICPI would like to thank all of the members who dedicated their time, money and ideas to the 2017 Annual Meeting. Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the 2017 ICPI Summer Meeting in Toronto, ON on August 22-25.

Top Left to Right: Arizona Grand Resort entrance and ICPI Chair, Matt Lynch, presenting at the General Session Luncheon. Middle Left to Right: Guest Speaker, Thomas Sweet, PE, LEED AP BD C, at the General Session Luncheon and members at the Cyclone Technologies demonstration. Bottom Left to Right: Members at the Social Event at Rustler’s Rooste and members, Nino Nicolia and Kevin Earley, at the PaverPAC Reception.