Hardscape Demonstrations

HNA DemonstrationsDemonstrations in the Hardscape North America Outdoor Arena

Landscapers - Upgrade your tradeshow admission for just $25* to benefit from industry best-practice secrets and construction techniques shared by experts in the field! Each HNA demo is eligible for one ICPI Certified Installer Continuing Education credit. Pick up a CE tracking form at the HNA registration desk.

*Note - When you pay for a Hardscape session in the GIE+EXPO Workshops, you get free access to the HNA Demonstrations.

Doug Crafton"We participate in GIE+EXPO to look at new products and updates for products we already have. In 2012 we attended the Hardscape Demonstrations for the first time. They are really helpful for people who are new to hardscaping.”

Doug Crafton
Forever Green
Murray, KY

Hardscape Demonstration Schedule

Thursday, October 22

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11 a.m. – noon
Paver Installation Basics

mccrindle 2011Pat McCrindle, Regional Sales Manager, GST International, Inc.

This demonstration details each phase of a typical paver installation including soil removal, base preparation, screeding, laying, cutting, tamping and clean up. Get tips from the pros on equipment recommendations, material quantities, production techniques, crew management and overall jobsite practices.

1 – 2 p.m.
Segmental Retaining Walls for Raised Patio Construction

Tim HuinkerTim Huinker, Construction Specialist, Anchor Wall Systems

Segmental retaining walls are a key material used in hardscaping projects. This demonstration features the proper techniques for installing SRW systems and specific recommendations when included in raised patio construction. Considerations for pre-existing conditions, drainage and geosynthetics are also covered.

3 – 4 p.m.
Tools for Paver Installation Efficiency

Tom GardockiBillGardockiBill Gardocki, Owner, Interstate Landscape Co., Inc.

Tom Gardocki, Hardscape Operations Foreman, Interstate Landscape Co., Inc.

The success of any paving project depends not only on the people working on it but also the tools and equipment used. Both “man and machine” must be appropriate for the job at hand if you are to expect positive results. Learn from contractors who have years of experience using unique hardscaping tools to increase efficiency, productivity and profitability.

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Friday, October 23

11 a.m. – noon
Fire Pit and Outdoor Fireplace Construction, Safety, and Design

Carl PetersonCarl Peterson, CEO, Outdoor Entertainment Concepts, LLC

Get a closer look at outdoor fire pit and fireplace design and construction. Walk away from this demonstration with knowledge of the diversity of materials used to build outdoor fire features as well as the cost effectiveness of each. Industry safety standards for installation and basic design and placement tips for fire features are also covered.

1 – 2 p.m.
Permeable Interlocking Concrete Pavement Construction

Frank GandoraFrank Gandora, President, Creative Hardscape Company

Permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) continues to be in high demand as a means to meet regulations to reduce stormwater runoff. Attend this demonstration to see the correct materials and techniques for the installation of permeable interlocking concrete pavement and learn the differences between PICP and typical interlocking concrete pavement.

3 – 4 p.m.
Dress-up your Hardscape Projects and Boost Your Profits

mccrindle 2011Jeff HesserJeff Hesser, Mid Atlantic Regional Sales Manager, Cast Lighting LLC

Pat McCrindle, Regional Sales Manager, GST International, Inc.

A basic paver installation job is lucrative, but the real profits from hardscape construction come from upselling designs that include unique features and elements that are relatively inexpensive to include in a project, if planned in advance. Attend this demonstration to pick up some tips on designing, installing and selling hardscape features including LED lighting, sound systems, kitchens, seating areas, fire features and water features.

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