Source: Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), Herndon, Va.
ICPI’s new Accredited Paver Installation Company (APIC) program recognizes companies that meet best installation practices and offers opportunities to promote adherence to industry-established building guidelines.
APIC shows design professionals, commercial and residential project owners a commitment to superior customer service, notes Gary Stowe of Stowe Contracting Inc. “An accreditation program is a big plus for the industry,” he affirms. “Joined with the ICPI Concrete Paver Installation Certification, this program supports segmental pavement as a unique construction trade.”
To become accredited, paver installation companies must abide ICPI-recommended installation, ensure staff maintains knowledge of current best practices and technology, support the industry, and conduct business in a professional manner. The program includes a conformance to a strict set of requirements:
- The owner/principal or managing employee of the company must hold a current ICPI Certified Installer certification;
- An ICPI Certified Installer must be present on every job site and involved in each step of the project;
- A company safety program must be in place;
- Applicable business license and insurance policies must be current at all times;
- Companies pledge to uphold the APIC Code of Conduct to help increase public and industry confidence in the integrity and service; and,
- Confirm that every project follows ICPI installation guidelines by completing a construction task list.
“The program has already received positive initial feedback,” says ICPI Executive Director Charles McGrath. “Several companies have already committed to participating.” Funds generated from the registration fees will be reinvested into marketing support for the participants, he adds.
Additional information on the ICPI Accredited Paver Installation Company Program can be obtained at www.icpi.org/apic.