This year, the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute celebrates its 20th anniversary. In our upcoming Winter 2014 issue of Interlock Design, arriving in mailboxes late February, we take a look back at the 40-year history of the segmental concrete pavement industry in North America, as well as our 20-year contribution to growing that industry.
As we enter 2014, the industry is in a great position. With today’s higher prices for conventional pavements and demand for reduced stormwater runoff, interlocking and permeable interlocking concrete pavements have found a solid niche among pavement choices.
Concrete paver manufacturing technology was initially imported from Germany to Toronto in the early 1970s and rapidly expanded across Canada and into the U.S. The industry evolved from about 40 million sf (3.7 million m2) in 1984 to over a half a billion (46.5 million m2) today.
Over that time, many milestones have been achieved, built on the hard work of early pioneers, whose torches are carried on by today’s industry leaders. Interlock Design is currently compiling and editing a comprehensive timeline of those significant historical moments that have defined the industry and ICPI.
We look forward to sharing it with you. This is an exciting year for ICPI and we have some great content planned for all of the issues to come. Thanks for your support!