David Quinn, ASLA
David Quinn, ASLA, Sales, Angelus Block, Los Angeles, CA
ICPI’s efforts include the development and support of industry research, technical resources, university courses, specs and standards, contractor training, and marketing. Looking back at the Institute’s 20-year history, which of these efforts have been the most successful?
In looking back at the 20-year history of the ICPI and my own 18-year history in the paver industry, I would say the most successful effort has been in the technical resources from ICPI.
Any new person to this industry can quickly understand the advantages, performance, and function of ICPs and PICPs by reading and understanding the technical resources. This allows them to confidently carry that information to market, and provide the designer with valuable information instead of a sales pitch.
I have used the Tech Specs [technical bulletins] many times to provide information from ICPI, giving designers confidence that they are specifying the product and system correctly. Recently, the industry research has been very successful in providing information to engineers, so that they may specify the products with confidence. This has particularly been of value on PICPs where engineers have been slow to embrace this new technology and the research has been able to validate the ICPI’s design recommendations.
Another major benefit that ICPI provides is access to industry people and information, which have allowed for me to become a technical resource to local designers. There’s enormous advantage in talking with other members and finding out what trends they see, and what’s been successful in their markets.
We are all aware of the widespread use of segmental pavements in Europe compared to North America, understanding that there are centuries of tradition behind this widespread use. What do you think will accelerate acceptance here in North America?
For pavers to accelerate acceptance in the market there has to be an understanding of life cycle value, particularly in the municipal and commercial market by the decision makers and engineers. As more municipalities and commercial projects use programs such as LEED or building codes like CALgreen (California’s Green Building Code) which have a greater focus on life cycle, they will begin to see that they are not only green in the environmental sense but in the green financially with lower maintenance costs, lower repair costs, and longer performance with the use of ICPs and PICPs.
From a personal perspective, what are the main benefits of your ICPI participation?
The number one benefit to participation in ICPI has been access to industry people and information that has allowed for me to become a technical resource to the local designers. Also there is the benefit of talking with other members and finding out what trends they see and what has been successful in their markets.
Where do you see the industry in another 20 years?
In 20 years I see the paver industry having a larger share of the municipal and commercial markets. ICPs and PICPs will continue to prove their value as durable, functional pavements and with advancements in concrete technologies they will be more efficient, cost effective and environmentally responsive, leading to their greater acceptance and usage.