Guidelines and Registration Information

2018 Northern Green | January 3-4, 2018
Minneapolis Convention Center

Looking to challenge yourself or your employees?  Are you the best in the business?  You are invited to enter a team for the Northern Green Hardscape Challenge and compete for the title of 2018 Master of the Hardscape Challenge AND a $750 cash prize and a trophy!

Register NOW as the challenge is limited to the first 10 teams to register.

Download the Team Application

Team registration deadline: December 15, 2017 at 5:00pm

Hardscape Challenge Highlights from 2017


Watch as the winning team from AB Hardscapes completes their design at the 2017 Hardscape Challenge during Northern Green.  Want to enter a team for 2018?  Details and a registration form are available below.

Team Guidelines:

  • Each team consists of a maximum of 3 members, plus 1 alternate.
  • A trade show pass, or other registration package, is  required for each team member (the member price is $35 per person) and can be obtained through Northern Green registration.

Contest Guidelines:

  • Contest will take place in The Sandbox area in the back of the 1900 aisle on the trade show floor.
  • Each team member is required to wear steel-toed boots and provide their own ear and eye protection.
  • All building materials to be used in the construction will be provided and placed in the contest area.
  • The following tools will be supplied for each team: A plate compactor, dustless saw, paver square, trowel, hammer, screed boards, screed pipes, wheel barrow, 5-gallon pails, round shovel, flat shovel, broom, rubber mallets, and paver adjusters.
  • During the initial round, each team will have 60 minutes to construct a paver pattern and seat wall as detailed in a design document which will be sent to your team’s primary contact via e-mail in advance of the show.
  • During the initial round, each team’s score will be established based on completeness, compliance to the plan, safety, quality, cleanliness, and craftsmanship. All judges scores from the round will be totaled for a final team score for the round.
  • Between the rounds, each construction area will be cleared by the competing team and returned to starting condition.
  • The teams with the two highest scores will move on to Thursday’s championship final.
  • During the championship round, each team will have 90 minutes to construct something of their own choosing, using creative license, based on materials provided .
  • The winner is determined by a professional panel of industry judges.
  • Award presentation will take place after the championship round. The winner will be recognized and promoted in local industry publications.