Natural Stone: From Permit, to Production, to Payment

NATURAL STONE: From Permit, to Production, to Payment

This program will return in March 2021


This seminar bridges the knowledge gap for natural stone. The course is designed for any landscape professional interested in deepening his or her knowledge of natural stone and how it fits into a finished landscape. The course is not merely about product awareness. It will delve deeper into how to achieve the best results when using the material in both base preparation and flatwork construction. The program was developed by hardscape contractors and suppliers to equip attendees with the knowledge necessary for dealing with this beautiful but challenging material.

This program is APPROVED for 5 CEU’s for Landscape Architects.



8:00 AM – 8:30 AM


8:30 AM – 8:40 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Scott Grams, Executive Director of ILCA


8:40 AM – 8:50 AM
Sponsor Introductions
Marc Caifano, Lurvey Landscape Supply


8:50 AM – 9:05 AM
Natural Stone Materials 101
Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply
A brief introduction and overview of natural stone types including: Limestone, Sandstone, Bluestone, and others.


9:05 AM – 9:35 AM
Pre-Project Requirements
This session will provide an overview to attendees about how permitting, project timelines and municipal codes effect the project before you break ground.


9:35 AM – 10:20 AM
Site Preparation (Basing)
Jon Hirsch, Krugel Cobbles
Excellent hardscape projects begin with what the client will never see. This session will explain various pre-dig hazards and how they can lead to costly delays. Attendees will gain an understanding of how selecting the proper access to a site will help your crews and your bid. You will also learn: how to match material to equipment, to develop a plan for spoils and debris and when to use aggregate, fines, permeables and all points in between. Finally, we’ll review how weather conditions can severely impact a hardscape job.


10:20 AM – 10:30 AM
Morning Break


10:30 AM – 11:20 AM
Dimensional and Irregular Materials
Daniel Wood, Lurvey Landscape Supply; Jim Larson, Capital Stoneworks
Daniel and Jim will discuss the construction, cutting techniques and patterns of Bluestone, Limestone and other available material types. Those include Travertine, Marble, Sandstone, Quartzite, Slate, Basalt, Granite, Porphyry and Porcelain.


11:20 AM – 12:10 PM
Methodology for Flatwork
Jon Hirsch, Krugel Cobbles, Inc.
This session will provide construction methodologies. It will cover construction techniques, craftsmanship tips and other factors to consider when performing flatwork.


12:10 PM – 1:00 PM
Lunch and Vendor Fair


1:00 PM – 1:45 PM
Greg Crouse, SEK Surebond
Greg will discuss the cleaning and maintenance of various types of natural stone. He will also address polymeric sand applications, the nature of different sealers (what sealers to use with what types of stone), and the life span of sealers. Attendees will gain an understanding of when it is optimal to have pavers re-sealed, and proper applications as it relates to conditions, temperatures, moisture, etc.


1:45 PM – 2:15 PM
How a Landscape Architect Works With Stone Distributors and Landscape Contractors
Amy Olson, Olson Landscape Architecture
Attendees will examine this case study as Amy discusses the importance in working with distributors and contractors to convey the client’s vision, within a budget. This heartwarming project will detail the challenges the team faced, how they overcame restrictions and worked together as a team to bring this project to life.


2:15 PM – 2:45 PM
Question & Answer Forum with Presenters, Evaluations, and Raffle
Marc Caifano, Lurvey Landscape Supply

Want to learn more? Contact AnneMarie Drufke ( for further information about Natural Stone: From Permit, to Production, to Payment.

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