The organization recognizes Bill Schneider for his contribution to the concrete pavement industry.
CHANTILLY, Va. – ICPI will recognize William (Bill) Schneider this month for his significant contributions to the segmental concrete pavement industry at the ICPI 2014 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary in New Orleans, La.
Schneider is a charter member of ICPI and the first to chair the ICPI Construction Committee. His noteworthy accomplishments include developing the content for the Concrete Paver Installer Course and the Commercial Paver Technician Course. Schneider was the first instructor of the Concrete Paver Installer Course that has seen over 15,000 participants since its inception. Additionally, he served on ICPI’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and numerous standing and special committees. Schneider has always maintained that educating contractors on industry best practices is paramount to success. He demonstrated this by becoming a founding member and instructor of ICPI courses.
The ICPI Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes significant contributions to the industry through knowledge, technical innovation, and advocacy. The award emphasizes dedication of the recipient to safety and well-being of employees, demonstrated leadership, and/or outstanding contribution to the industry from volunteer service to ICPI which promotes growth and advancement of the association and/or industry. The award recognizes noteworthy public service activities at the local, regional, state, national or international levels that bring honor to the industry or to ICPI.
“Bill Schneider in many ways exceeds the challenging requirements and expectations for the award," says ICPI Chair-elect, David Pitre. “Bill's ambitions and accomplishments make him highly deserving of the honor.” The ICPI award honors those who pursue excellence and have made significant contributions to the segmental concrete pavement industry over their lifetime.
“There is no one better fitting to be the first recipient of such a prestigious award. Bill’s professional accomplishments are numerous, and he is widely recognized as the pioneer of paving installations in the United States,” says Dave Carter, ICPI board chair.
Schneider’s pioneering efforts include the creation of a company specializing in permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) installations that transformed the Chicagoland market. This effort was supported by several trademarks and patents he holds on permeable paver shapes. He also accelerated mechanical paver installation to lower project costs. A few noteworthy projects that he was involved with include:
Morton Arboretum – Built in 2003 for the new visitors center, the 173,000 square foot parking lot in Lisle, Illinois proved the use of PICP as a viable solution for permeable pavement systems as a post structural best management practice for stormwater management, and was one of the first and largest installations in a cold climate.
The Williamsburg Village Project – Built in 1979 in suburban Chicago, this 130,000 square foot interlocking concrete pavers project was one of the first street applications in North America. The project was built well before the interlocking concrete pavement industry formed an association, and well before association guide specifications directed designers and contractors on best practices for materials and installation. The 35 year-old roadway has not had any major maintenance, an impressive performance considering the constant delivery-vehicle traffic, the harsh Chicago weather and regular deicer use in the winter.
Port of Oakland, Calif. – This is the largest interlocking concrete pavement project in the western hemisphere with five million square feet. More than 22 million paving units were mechanically installed over 2½ years. The project represented significant progress for the concrete paver industry in the development of specifications, construction methods, and inspection processes for port paving and accelerated use of mechanical paver placement to improve contractor efficiency and reduce installation costs.
Elmhurst College, IL – Another mechanical installation, a campus demonstrated that PICP systems could be used as an alternative to unattractive and space wasting detention ponds as well as decrease flows and volumes to city storm sewers working at capacity. The 2008 project was inspired by the success at Morton Arboretum five years earlier.
Courts of Northbrook – This 1989 project was the first example of an entire subdivision using segmental concrete pavement in Chicago. This subdivision in Northbrook, IL used mechanical equipment to install interlocking concrete pavers in all the streets. All other hard surfaces in this development were manually installed interlocking concrete pavers.
Hartz Mountain Industries – This developer is one of the largest private real estate owners in the United States, with more than 200 properties totaling 38 million square feet of building space in the northern New Jersey/New York area. A concrete paver manufacturer proposed using interlocking concrete pavers in 1990 but the developer wanted assurance that the pavement would be installed properly by a knowledgeable contractor. Schneider provided that assurance to the developer which resulted in more than 1 million square feet of concrete pavers installed in various Hartz Mountain properties. This greatly increased the use of concrete pavers in this market.
Schneider will be honored among his peers at a luncheon session during the ICPI 2014 Annual Meeting and 20th Anniversary, March 27, 2014 at the Ritz Carlton in New Orleans.