HNA 2015 Project Awards

Fall 2015

ICPI announces top awards and honorable mentions selected from 75 entries


HNA 2015 Project Awards

The HNA Hardscape Project Awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors building residential walkways, patios, driveways, commercial plazas, parking lots and streets.

In its eighth year, the awards program received 75 entries. Fourteen winners and seven honorable mentions received recognition at an awards ceremony on Oct. 22, 2015, at the Kentucky Exposition Center in Louisville, Kentucky. Entries were judged on project intent, design, quality of construction and craftsmanship, compatibility with related construction materials and systems, construction innovation, detailing and overall design excellence.

Combination – Commercial: Less than 20,000 SF

DeSoto AmphitheaterDeSoto Amphitheater

  • LOCATION: Millersburg, PA
  • INSTALLER: GoldGlo Landscapes LLC
  • SUPPLIER: E.P. Henry

This outdoor performing arts venue sits on a steep slope between Wiconisco Creek and the Ned Smith Center. The design needed to seat 250 guests, plus have room for tables and chairs on the paver dining terrace and deck. Existing soil under the walls, steps and patios was replaced with over 750 tons of gravel. The craftsmanship is visible in every detail, from the gentle curve of the seating to the installation of the engraved seat caps and pavers. The sod between the terraces serves as a permeable drainage system and helps cool the guests.

Combination – Commercial: More than 20,000 SF

Ithaca Commons Streetscape 2Ithaca Commons Streetscape

  • LOCATION: Ithaca, NY
  • INSTALLER: Syrstone, Inc.
  • SUPPLIER: Hanover Architectural Products

Ithaca Commons included over 67,000 sf of vehicular concrete pavers, with granite pavers and curbs. Hardscape challenges on this project included many grade changes leading to over 1,500 linear feet of drains while keeping the running pattern of the narrow plank-style paving visually true over two blocks. Another challenge was cutting thousands of linear feet of diagonal accent bands around manholes and other apprentices. Alternating color blends were used within each cell, framed with diagonal accent bands. Pavers were installed with polymeric jointing sand on an ASTM C33 sand bed over a reinforced concrete slab with weep holes.

Combination – Residential: Less than 4,000 SF

italian villa 4Italian Villa

  • LOCATION: Fort Collins, CO
  • INSTALLER: Lindgren Landscape
  • SUPPLIER: Belgard

The homeowners desired a warm, Italian-inspired outdoor living space. The existing landscape was an ocean of junipers and a concrete patio with little shade. The remodeling included shade structures, a kitchen, fireplace and bocce court. A 10-foot change in elevation presented a challenge in grading and safety, and is navigated by way of huge slab stairs meandering down the slope. A drainage system was designed to evacuate water from the sunken oyster shell-covered bocce court. Although plans and 3-D models were made to portray the project to the homeowners, on-site meetings and extensive communication were necessary throughout the project to explain the components and to make changes as desired.

Combination – Residential: More than 4,000 SF

Taunton Resort 5Taunton Resort

  • LOCATION: Minnetrista, MN
  • INSTALLER: Mom’s Landscaping & Design
  • SUPPLIER: Anchor Block Co.

The main focus of the design was the infinity pool, with the infinity edge facing the lake. A large lounging patio features light-colored travertine and a bluestone inlay. The bluestone was also carried into the overlook fire pit patio with 4-inch-wide planking. There is a water feature with plants to break up the hardscapes. A 6,000 sf driveway was installed in the front yard. One of the biggest challenges was the 23 feet of grade change from the walkout basement to the shoreline. Three curved ledgestone retaining walls were built to correct the grade. Bluestone steps with a charcoal paver walkway were installed down the hillside.

Concrete Paver – Commercial: Less than 15,000 SF

University of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack Logo Baseball ProjectUniversity of Nevada, Reno Wolfpack Logo Baseball Project

  • LOCATION: Reno, NV
  • INSTALLER: Hain Enterprises
  • SUPPLIER: Basalite Concrete Products

The material and labor for this UNR Wolfpack baseball stadium project were donated in appreciation of the university’s importance and contributions to the community. The intricate design contains some 2,400 sf of Basalite San Francisco Cobble in Positanocolor laid in an “I” pattern. The baseball was created with specially made white San Francisco Cobble rectangles. The wolf is done in the same paver, but in black. The teeth of the UNR mascot, Wolfie, were meticulously cut by hand and inset. The stitching of the baseball is in Chili Pepper Red Mission-style pavers, and arcs were cut into the pavement.

Concrete Paver – Commercial: More than 15,000 SF

MEGA Snake and Ladder Paver ProjectMEGA Snake and Ladder Paver Project

  • LOCATION: Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.

This project serves as the centerpiece of a play area for approximately 4,000 students at a primary school located in Abu Dhabi, U.A.E., and as the starting point to the possibilities of designing other enlarged board games carved in pavers. This project extends beyond the snake and ladder game to a general play area covered with stretched fabric that reflects the underlying theme of this paver installation. The boundaries of the paver design were pushed by the inclusion of numerous shapes and curves overlapping a cubical structure.

Concrete Paver – Permeable: Residential

r97VNJ83RCCTK7xSZW0P_firelane_3_res_02Firelane Road Residence

  • LOCATION: Menasha, WI
  • INSTALLER: Stumpf Creative Landscaping
  • SUPPLIER: County Materials Corp.

Only 90 feet from Lake Winnebago, this home had to comply with state regulations requiring permeable surfaces on paved areas of waterfront properties. Three sizes of permeable pavers were used in a 75/25 percent mix of a blended buff and solid cream color. The 4 in x 8 in size was used to create an eye-catching double border with dark brown sailor course on the inside, edged with a soldier course of the same cream color used in the drive. A matching walkway defines the entryway. Limestone boulders provide a decorative accent that helps transition the hardscape with the surrounding areas.

Concrete Paver – Residential: Less than 3,000 SF

The Hollywood DrivewayThe Hollywood Driveway

  • LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA
  • INSTALLER: Go Pavers
  • SUPPLIER: Olsen Pavingstones

The project involved installing a concrete paver driveway to a house located on a hillside. The delivery of materials to the project’s location at the top of the hill required the use of more manpower. A flat top textured paver design was installed in the driveway, giving the project a modern, contemporary look desired by the homeowners. The Timber Top design of the pavers used gave the appearance of wood flooring. Charcoal-colored pavers were chosen, best fitting the aesthetic of a driveway. The pattern used for the project was “Random Runner,” meaning the pavers are laid side-by-side in a linear pattern, which appears more than the actual total size of the installation at 2,450 sf.

Concrete Paver – Residential: More than 3,000 SF

Country Courtyard 3Country Courtyard

  • LOCATION: McCook, NE
  • INSTALLER: Grindstone Hardscapes
  • SUPPLIER: Belgard

The goal for this 4,560 sf patio, driveway and front entry was entertainment value with function for everyday life. The design was composed with three different pavers, using the same accent bands throughout. The front entry, driveway and fireplace all used a rustic Mega Arbel, while the sidewalks and main patio paved with the texture of Urbanas and Rustic Slabs. The 900 sf driveway leads past a small water feature and up to the front entry, or past a large waterfall to the backyard, which includes a fireplace, seating, outdoor kitchen, and lighting and heating features.


Concrete Paver – Residential – Less than 3,000 sf

Spa Oasis 2

  • PROJECT: Spa Oasis
  • INSTALLER: GoldGlo Landscapes LLC


Concrete Paver – Commercial – Less than 15,000 sf

Lake Forest Country Club 3

  • PROJECT: Lake Forest Country Club
  • INSTALLER: Rock Bottom Lawn & Landscaping


Concrete Paver – Commercial – More than 15,000 sf

Westlake Shopping Center 5

  • PROJECT: Westlake Shopping Center
  • INSTALLER: Joos Lawnscapes Inc.


Combination – Residential – Less than 4,000 sf

Hassel Residence

  • PROJECT: Hassel Residence
  • INSTALLER: Paver Designs LLC


Combination – Residential – Less than 4,000 sf

Woodlands retreat 5

  • PROJECT: Woodland Retreat
  • INSTALLER: GoldGlo Landscapes LLC