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...
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...
ICPI Director of Engineering, Robert Bowers, P. Eng., receives questions from members in need of advice and tips regarding permeable paver driveways. One recent question referred to a residential permeable pavement driveway, and when to use geotextile versus when to not. Sometimes called filter fabric, geotextile is made of synthetic fibers...
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...

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...
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 paver driveways. One recent questions referred to a residential driveway. A client wanted to install a 2,000 sf paver driveway due to the roots from...
An increasing number of segmental concrete paving projects include planks, also known as linear pavers. In preparation for eventually developing ASTM and CSA product standards, an initial task for the industry was developing a product definition differentiating planks from slabs and pavers. The intent here is to decrease 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...
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...

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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