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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...
Seventy-three percent of the 218 segmental concrete pavement contractors who responded to the 2017 ICPI Contractor Industry Survey said recruiting/hiring quality employees was one of their greatest challenges, while only 18.6% indicated demand for their services was a top concern. These findings reveal one obvious, but significant fact:  there is...
In some regions of the US and Canada, there are trends towards using open-graded bedding and base aggregates on concrete pavers and paving slab projects, especially for residential patios and walkways. Open-graded bedding aggregate is typically ASTM No. 8 or 89 gradations. Base aggregate gradations replicate that for ASTM...

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...

Paver Patio Points

ICPI Director of Engineering, Robert Bowers, P. Eng., receives questions from members in need of advice and tips regarding the best practices to use when constructing raised patios. One of the most recent questions was related to a residential permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) patio. Typically a PICP systems uses a...
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....
Just about every urban center in Canada and the U.S. is jammed with traffic, especially during morning and evening rush hour (or rush hours in bigger cities). Regardless of the city size, there consistently seems to be more cars and trucks than pavement to move them. It’s certainly not...
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...

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...

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...
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