Basic Ingredients

Every spring, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) conducts a survey of sales by paver manufacturers in the U.S. and Canada. The survey is sent to all paver manufacturers. The response is consistently from a mix of manufacturers. These include family-owned companies, regional organizations with several manufacturing facilities, and...
ICPI is a world leader in development and dissemination of technical and design information in the U.S. and Canada. Technical resource requests are received daily, with the two most requested resources being Tech Specs and Detail Drawings. Tech Specs and Detail Drawings are great resources for design professionals, contractors, government officials and owners. Tech...
Interlocking & Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavements Address Functional and Visual Concerns Interlocking concrete pavement improved the redesign of Third Street in Davis, California (pop. 70,000) by clearer visual and functional connections with the century-old UC Davis campus’ main entrance. Directly adjacent to the university campus, downtown Davis projects a classic...
ICPI recently released the 2019 ICPI Contractor Industry Report. According to results found by Industry Insights of Columbus, Ohio, four of every five contractors reported difficulty in recruiting and hiring quality employees. Survey respondents included 206 segmental concrete pavement installation contractors, comprised of ICPI members and non-members. Companies are now...
Residential projects consume about 75 percent of the concrete paving units made in the U.S. and Canada. The residential market is bread-and-butter to concrete paver producers, dealers and contractors. ICPI manufacturer members continually invent and promote new shapes/sizes, textures, patterns and colors that communicate a widening range of moods...
What is marketing? Marketing is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising. There are numerous ways to promote and sell services. Word of mouth, advertising, and brochures are excellent traditional tools of marketing.  But, there are other easy and inexpensive ways...
The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) has begun an industry workforce development effort to recruit, train and retain talented young people into the hardscape installation and construction business. One of the programs developed to address the issue is the ICPI Beginner Boot Camp Course. The Beginner Boot Camp is...

We’ve Only Just Begun

With due respect to the title of Karen Carpenter’s 1970 classic song, the segmental concrete paver industry is still nascent in 2019. The song’s timing coincides with the first concrete paver project in North America, about one million sf installed on Roosevelt Island, a two-mile long rock situated in...

Success from Failures

The sine qua non of pavement research and design Most progress in pavement design comes from failure. For accurate and predictable pavement design, pavements must be damaged and eventually rendered useless by repeated truck wheel loads to understand where that point lies. In fact, modern highway pavement design was originally...

Change Agents

There are four things that change people: books read, people met, beauty and pain. Sometimes two, three, or four of these converge on a person’s experience at the same time, and that often accelerates changes, hopefully in a positive rather than a negative direction. What have you read that...
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