The HNA Hardscape Project Awards recognize outstanding hardscape projects by contractors building residential walkways, patios, driveways, commercial plazas, parking lots and streets. In its tenth year, the awards program received a record 149 entries. Projects were judged on intent, design, quality of construction and craftsmanship, compatibility with related construction materials and systems, construction innovation, detailing and overall design excellence.
1. Concrete Paver – Residential – More than 3,000 SF
Pasqualoni Pool Project
- Location: South Windsor, CT
- Contractor: Bahler Brothers
- Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc
- Designer: Ryan King, Bahler Brothers
The main design intent for this backyard resort was to ensure there would be enough space for entertaining large crowds. There needed to be multiple gathering spaces serving different purposes for the guests and homeowners.
The main focal point of the project is the pool, with a large patio space to connect all the different spaces and functions of the backyard. Some of the design features include a large outdoor kitchen, a seating area to watch the sunsets each night, an over-sized sunken fire pit area and a bocce ball court.
Honorable Mention: Family Entryway Location: Tomball, TX Contractor: Mirror Lake Designs Manufacturer: Belgard Designer: Michael Shawn Kelly, Mirror Lake Designs
2. Concrete Paver – Residential – Less than 3,000 SF
- Location: Logan, IA
- Contractor: Paver Designs, LLC
- Manufacturer: Belgard and Techniseal
- Designer: Justin Hampton, Paver Designs LLC
The homeowners wanted to create a one-of-a-kind outdoor living space for large groups of guests and family to congregate and relax. A grilling area/bar and a fire feature were must-haves. Paver Designs’ signature custom inlays were another must-have. A multi-level design was created, cutting into a hillside that sloped toward the house, providing for more usable space. Circular planters finish off the seat walls for more green space. A large fire boulder and pebble mosaic reflective wall accent the fire feature. The outdoor kitchen includes a grill and refrigerator for cooking needs. LED lighting was installed throughout to create a warm, inviting space at night.
Honorable Mention: Oak Brook Outdoor Transformation Location: Oak Brook, IL Contractor: Premier Outdoor Environments, Inc. Manufacturer: Unilock Designers: Kevin Barnes & Nathan Flipp
3. Concrete Paver—Commercial, More than 15,000 SF
Local Government Federal Credit Union
- Location: Raleigh, NC
- Contractor: Fred Adams Paving Co.
- Manufacturer: Hanover Architectural Products
- Designer: Stewart Landscape
The reinvigorated space at 3600 Wake Forest Road is designed to LEED Silver specifications and represents the workplace of the future—a facility that is both energy efficient and a healthy, inspiring place to work. With a fully integrated transit shelter, employees will be able to access the workplace through public transportation, eliminating the need for expansive surface parking. Rather, the facility features an integrated parking garage, which reduces the need for surface parking and provides space for an outdoor courtyard. The outdoor courtyard, which seamlessly brings together the building space, landscape and hardscape, serves multiple purposes, including space for employee lunches, a zone for private calls and an outdoor venue for informal meetings and large catered events.
Honorable Mention: Denver International Airport–Westin Hotel Location: Denver, CO Contractor: Rocky Mountain Hardscape Manufacturer: Hanover Architectural Products Designer: Stewart Landscape
4. Concrete Paver—Commercial, Less than 15,000 SF
Blue Bell Country Club Fire Pit Lounge
- Location: Blue Bell, PA
- Contractor: FS Landscaping Contractors, Inc.
- Manufacturer: Belgard
- Designer: Brian Stover, FS Landscaping Contractors, Inc.
The construction of the fire pit was excavated into a hillside along the edge of the 18th hole and clubhouse pond. To maximize the area, a custom curved Trex deck was cantilevered over the edge of the pond, and a flush patio and fire pit lounge to complement the curved deck was built. The fire pit is a wirelessly controlled gas unit custom built using antique wall stone. A retaining/sitting wall, pillars and boulders complete the retention of the hillside. Plant material softens the hardscape project and provides spring and summer color. TruScapes Landscape & Hardscape Lighting was installed to complete this outdoor living space for guests to enjoy into the evening hours.
Honorable Mention: Market Plaza & Exchange Plaza Location: Raleigh, NC Contractor: Fred Adams Paving Co. Manufacturer: Belgard Designer: Surface 678
Honorable Mention: Steak & Shake: University of Kentucky Campus Location: Lexington, KY Contractor: Decorative Paving Manufacturer: Pavestone Designers: Sherman Carter Barnhart Architects
5. Concrete Paver—Permeable, Residential
Emile Court Residence
- Location: Gillett, WI
- Contractor: Shawano Lawn and Stone
- Manufacturer: County Materials Corporation
- Designer: Shawano Lawn and Stone
Local and county zoning requirements mandated there could not be any impermeable surfaces within 100 feet of the shoreline. After exploring several options, the homeowners learned about the possibilities of a permeable paver system. They wanted the new patio to have a clean, modern look to match the feel of the home’s recently remodeled interior. They selected a solid white Holland paver with a solid gray paver for a border. Properly integrating the system with the site was a major, yet important challenge to effectively prevent runoff and protect the lake’s water quality. Special design consideration was given to the selection and installation of base materials to ensure the system would properly capture and filter storm water.
Honorable Mention: Belgard Aqualine 3pc Dominion Pavers Cypress Creek Job Location: Smithfield, VA Contractor: Dominion Pavers Manufacturer: Belgard Designer: Sasser Construction
6. Concrete Paver—Permeable, Commercial
University of Tennessee—University Center Bridge
- Location: Knoxville, TN
- Contractor: Hickory Hardscapes
- Manufacturer: Belgard
The University of Tennessee wanted to create a masterpiece with a well-designed permeable walkway that would connect the classrooms on “The Hill” to the library. Hickory Hardscapes constructed the design using four different colors of Belgard Aqua-Roc II in a basket weave. The University of Tennessee loved this permeable walkway so much they have used it for numerous events. Local news teams often set up on the walkway to cover stories on campus. Every time ESPN’s GameDay is at UT for a football game, they set up their broadcast booth on the area—great exposure for permeable pavers!
Honorable Mention: Firstenburg Community Center Location: Vancouver, WA Contractor: Eastern States Paving Manufacturer: Williamette Graystone Designer: Robertson Engineering, PC
Honorable Mention: Southeast Atlanta Green Infrastructure Initiative Location: Atlanta, GA Contractor: Four Seasons Landscape
Management, Inc. Manufacturer: Belgard Designer: AMEC
7. Combination of Hardscape Products—Residential, More than 4,000 SF
- Location: Mullica Hill, NJ
- Contractor: Darlington Designs
- Manufacturer: EP Henry
- Designer: Simon Darlington
This project, a multi-phase installation with components still to come to complete the master plan, fulfilled the client’s dream of a beautiful outdoor living space. Components of this multi-level design plan include an outdoor kitchen complete with grill and side burner, refrigerator, storage drawers and trash bin. Adjacent to the kitchen is a dining area and an open, luxurious living space for comfortable relaxation. The custom pool, with waterfall and spa, make for resort-style living at home and feature lights and laminars for day-to-night pool use. A pool heater extends the season for swimming.
Honorable Mention: Backyard Oasis Location: Canton, GA Contractor: Miller Landscape, Inc. Manufacturer: Pavestone and FireMagic Designers: John Whittingslow & Bruce Miller
Honorable Mention: DiPonio Residence Location: Rochester Hill, MI Contractor: Decra-Scape, Inc. Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc
Honorable Mention: Focht Location: Robesonia, PA Contractor: Anewalt’s Landscape Contracting Manufacturer: EP Henry Designer: John Shandra, ELA
8. Combination of Hardscape Products—Residential, Less than 4,000 SF
Strosin Outdoor Retreat
- Location: Waukesha, WI
- Contractor: Extreme Exteriors (Big Bend, WI)
- Manufacturer: Unilock
- Designer: Jamon Peterson, Extreme Exteriors
Along with an in-ground pool, the client had an expansive list of items they wanted to incorporate into the design, including water, fire, cooking, entertaining, etc. With the existing yard at a severe slope, there were limited places to put the pool; it was clear the design would require multiple levels to incorporate all of the client’s wish list items. The construction process took over four months to complete.
The final result: a beautiful open, flowing design with plenty of space to entertain hundreds of people, with over 3,000 sf of paver patio, 1,200 sf of wall stone, six fire features, four water features, a brick pizza oven, full outdoor kitchen, a 20-foot-long bar and 140 low-voltage light fixtures that are completely automated with a phone or tablet.
Honorable Mention: Houston Residence Location: Knoxville, TN Contractor: Precision Landscapes Manufacturer: Belgard Designer: Jeremy Rose, Precision Landscapes
9. Combination of Hardscape Products—Commercial, More than 20,000 SF
Westlake Shopping Center
- Location: Peoria, IL
- Contractor: Interlock Brick Paving
- Manufacturers: Belgard, Unilock, Solistone, Milestone Imports
- Designer: Cohen Development Company with Bruce Brown, AIA, and Zumwalt and Associates, PE
As part of this $25 million award-winning redevelopment, all asphalt was removed from main parking fields, entrance driveways, Main Street, and approaches, and rebuilt entirely of interlocking concrete pavers. Approximately 300,000 sf of asphalt was removed. The project also came with an industry-first 30-year commercial warranty against defects from Belgard, guaranteed by Northfield Bend/Oldcastle. The high solar reflectivity finish on the ICP makes the parking lot 20 degrees cooler than the old asphalt lot. During rainstorms, wind and snow, adhesion is improved. People love the traffic calming, the cobblestone sound effects and the overall aesthetics of ICP!
10. Combination of Hardscape Products—Commercial, Less than 20,000 SF
- Location: Merrill, WI
- Contractor: PICS Inc.
- Manufacturer: County Materials Corporation
- Designer: Carey Owen
Because this building is a rented space, the business owner wanted the option to take anything invested into the building to a new location if they ever moved. The patio project was carefully designed and constructed to integrate on top of an existing concrete slab. The contractor mortared the retaining wall into place on top of the concrete slab. Each wall unit was individually leveled then mortared because of the slab’s uneven surface. Meeting the owner’s need to create a relaxing space for employees was met with the expansive application of pavers surrounded by tall retaining walls to block the sound of passing traffic. An outdoor grill and kitchen area doubles as an ideal spot for work celebrations or to take a lunch break.
Honorable Mention: Courtyard & Curb Appeal Homerun Location: Hamilton, NJ Contractor: Monello Landscape Industries Manufacturer: Techo-Bloc Designer: Joe Monello
Honorable Mention: Semco Outdoor Display Location: Cincinnati, OH Contractor: Outside Insight (Cincinnati, OH) Manufacturer: Belgard and Unilock Designer: Scott Gifford, Outside Insight