The sixth annual Hardscape North America Installer Championship competition took place on October 18-19 in Louisville, KY. The HNA Installer Championship tests and recognizes the skill, dedication and passion of hardscape contractors from across North America. At the national competition, 19 teams had their understanding of industry best practices and guidelines tested in a race against the clock and other top installers in the industry.
In the preliminary round each team was given 60 minutes to construct an 8 ft x 10 ft interlocking concrete patio with a small seat wall as detailed in the drawings provided to each team. Each installation was judged based on criteria related to safety, craftsmanship and compliance to industry best practices. At the end of the preliminaries, the teams with the top four scores moved on to the final championship round where they were given 90 minutes to construct their own creative design.
The 2018 HNA Installer Champion was Segmental Systems, led by Dan Hughes, with Jason Mucciaccio and Josh Brownlee, from Otis Orchards, Washington, with a record-setting 464 total points. As the victors, the team received a prize package valued at approximately $12,860. The package included $2,550, an iQMS362 16.5" Masonry Saw w/16.5" diamond blade (valued at $2,750), a Weber MT CF3 forward plate compactor (valued at $3,350), select hand tools from Hulton Tools (valued at $210), their name engraved on the HNA Installer Championship Cup and a return trip to HNA 2019 to defend their title (valued at up to $4,000).
General Pavers finished in second place and earned $1,300, an iQ360XR 14" masonry saw with fully-integrated dust collection plus accessories (valued at $2,450). CG Paving took third place and was awarded $650, while Northwest Paver Specialists placed fourth.
All teams that made the championship round also received a plaque, and additional promotional value in various media including Interlock Design Magazine, Hardscape Magazine and HNA website.
The 2018 HNA Installer Championship was sponsored by Anchor Wall, Belgard, iQ Power Tools, Keystone Hardscapes, Techniseal and Weber MT. Materials and tools were provided by Belgard, Hulton Tools, Keystone Hardscapes, SEK-Surebond and SRW Systems.
Click here to watch a time lapse video Segmental Systems during the final round.