ICPI 25th Anniversary Commemorative Publication ICPI 25th Anniv Commemorative Album 0219 web - Page 24

Genesis of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI) By the mid-1980s, Canadian and U.S. paver sales were approaching 80 million sf (7.4 million m 2 ). NCMA’s Paver Committee pressed NCMA leadership for a full-time staff person to focus on developing the paver industry. Among other tasks, this person would write technical bulletins, make presentations, organize technical sales training schools, develop a library of technical resources, and troubleshoot projects. In July 1987, NCMA hired David R. Smith as Manager of Paving Products. He built his first concrete paver project with Munich-style pavers in 1977. He contributed to infiltration research on concrete grid pavements in the late 1970s and made many trips to England, Netherlands, Germany and Spain studying paver applications up to the mid-1980s. He oversaw the first mechanically installed municipal street in the U.S. while working for the City of Dayton, Ohio. NCMA hired David R. Smith With NCMAs commitment in 1987 to help develop the to technical staff and concrete paver industry. programs specializing in concrete pavers, NCMA’s paver manufacturing membership grew substantially in support of this investment. In 1990, the paver industry in the U.S. and Canada branded an industry association by forming the Concrete Paver Institute (CPI) as a division of NCMA. CPI was governed by its own Board of Directors whose chair participated on NCMA’s Board. Charles H. Gamarekian with Grinnell Concrete Pavingstones in Sparta, NJ, was CPI’s first chair. Larry Nicolai with Pavers by Ideal in Waltham, MA, and David Streeter with Barbour Pavers in Independence, MO, were the chair- elect and secretary-treasurer, respectively. Mr. Smith was promoted to the Director of Paving Products. NCMA’s support of CPI led to the production of case studies, guide specifications, a library of technical papers, trade shows, public relations, national advertising, and research projects. As a 70+ year old association, NCMA had strong recognition among architects and structural engineers as a reputable technical source for information on concrete masonry. In contrast, NCMA had practically no history in pavements among landscape architects and especially civil engineers who designed and specified them. CPI was created A brochure in part to receive recognition introducing the and credibility from pavement Concrete Paver designers as was the case for Institute associations supporting the asphalt and concrete pavement industries. In 1990, CPI sponsored a focus group of twenty- two prominent pavement engineers to ask how to institutionalize interlocking concrete pavements to the same extent as asphalt and cast-in-place concrete. Led by Dr. Matthew Witczak, the group’s recommendations below provided a path forward for CPI and the wider industry. Pavement Performance • Conduct a comprehensive review of experience inside and outside North America • Monitor and document design, construction and performance of existing installations • Conduct accelerated load studies to evaluate design procedures and performance • Evaluate noise, ride comfort and skid resistance at intermediate and high-speed traffic 2 2 • I C P I C O M M E M O R AT I V E P U B L I C AT I O N