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...
Interlocking concrete pavements are a flexible and durable system that performs successfully in the most demanding applications, conditions and climates. One of the most extreme conditions is the application of deicing chemicals to prevent or reduce ice buildup which can contribute to slips, falls and loss of vehicular control....
ICPI members participating in the 2017 ICPI Hardscape Contractor Survey conducted by Industry Insights, an independent research firm, reported 29% higher sales than nonmembers. How can ICPI help build your contracting business? Through the ICPI Contractor Tool Kit, the Institute provides the top technical, education and marketing resources for contractors in...

Missionary Work

State departments of transportation (DOTs) rely on millions of tax dollars for road construction and maintenance. They also look after thousands of structures including bridges. For decades, DOTs are immersed—and one might say entrenched--in design, maintenance and improvement of asphalt and concrete pavements. These are mostly highway pavements. Most DOTs...

You Have to Think

As we enter the 25th year of ICPI, the industry returns to pre-recession sales levels. Residential sales dominate about three-quarters of shipments, with the remainder placed in commercial (specified) applications. Permeable interlocking concrete pavements, paving slabs and planks are the high-growth products. Permeable units have been regulated into existence,...
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