The Best of the Best
Twenty-four segmental concrete pavement installation teams from throughout the United States and Canada competed in the two-day event. Each installation project was judged on safety, craftsmanship and compliance with industry best practices.
In the preliminary round, the teams were given 60 minutes to construct an 8 ft x 10 ft interlocking concrete patio with a seat wall as specified in drawings provided by the competition committee. Teams with the top four scores qualified for the championship round where they were given 90 minutes to construct their own creative design.
In the championship round, Oak Leaf Landscaping scored 402 out of a possible 450 points for its original design and construction of a square patio area with an ornate checkerboard table and two bench seats. The team consisted of Tobias Yoder, Daniel Nisley and Owen Nisley. They received the championship prize package that included a $1,000 award, an iQ Powertools 360 14” dustless masonry table saw with accessories, and a Weber MT CF3 Pro forward-plate compactor.
Second place was awarded to the Cheeseheads Team, Zillges Materials of Oshkosh, WI. Team members were Emmanuel Oesterreich and Jourdain Oesterreich. In the championship round, they scored 393 points and were awarded $400 and an iQ Powertools 360 dustless masonry table saw.
“It’s an adrenaline rush,” said Emmanuel Oesterreich. “It not only tests someone’s skill level, but really tests their composure and how they react under pressure.”
Third place went to Epic Pavers of Evless, TX, with team members Luis Garcia, Jose Garcia and Samuel Guijarro. The team scored 388 points in the championship round. For their efforts, the team received a $100 award. Fourth place was awarded to LR Landscaping of Lincoln, CA, with team members Lee Reveles, Daniel Preciado and Elmer Casasola. In the championship round, they scored 378 points.
All four finalist teams also received a hand tool package provided by Ox Tools and a plaque.
The judges for the Championship were Fred Adams of Fred Adams Paving Co., Inc.; Frank Gandora of Creative Hardscape Company; Tim Huinker of Anchor Wall Systems; and Chuck Taylor of Belgard Hardscapes by Oldcastle.
The Championship was sponsored by Alliance Designer, Anchor Wall, Belgard, iQ Power Tools, Ox Tools, Pavestone and Weber MT.
Watch this video from last year’s HNA Installer Championship.