- Wednesday, April, 29, 2015 Historic Resoration Tour: "Hey Rookie" Pool
A month later I found myself again joining Bill for a round of visits to three historic sites in and around Los Angeles. As was the case for the Neptune Pool, all three have significant cultural value and are in need of renovation. And they are all coincidentally situated on hilltops with dazzling views of the surrounding areas.
- Monday, March, 16, 2015 Historic Restorations
Recently, I had the pleasure of joining Bill Rowley on site visits to four historic aquatic installations where his prowess as an engineer is being used to breathe new life into bodies of water badly in need of renovation work. It was an honor to watch one of the most revered and influential figures in the industry. Here is a brief report on the commencement of the work.
- Tuesday, March, 10, 2015 Pool Covers as Art
The automatic pool cover offers exciting possibilities as a medium for art or personal expression. It has taken a while for the idea to emerge, but sooner or later, almost every practical invention becomes part of the designer's canvas.
- Wednesday, February, 25, 2015 Principles and Methods
In this month's edition of AQUA Architecture you'll find a terrific project profile by my good friends Sheri and Roger Soares, owners of HydroScapes, a custom design/build firm in Scottsdale, Ariz. Like just about all the stories we run in this section, there are some useful ideas that can be taken away and adapted to your own business.
- Wednesday, January, 28, 2015 Natural Origins: The Pursuit of a Chemical-Free Pool
“Natural swimming pools,” or pools that replace chemical treatment with natural processes, have been around nearly 30 years. And while they are widely accepted in Europe and elsewhere, they remain obscure in the U.S. The man widely credited with inventing the Natural Pool, Austrian Peter...
- Thursday, January, 22, 2015 Keeping Pace with Technology
Back in late October of last year, AQUA Executive Editor Scott Webb asked me to research and write a story about UV sanitation systems in spas and hot tubs. That piece, which appears in this issue, is essentially a follow up to a feature I wrote for our July 2014 issue covering alternative sanitizers, specifically ozone, UV and...
- Wednesday, January, 14, 2015 The Power of Influence
Have you ever heard the phrase, “Good writers borrow, great writers steal.”…?
I first heard it back in college from an instructor who attributed the quote to T.S. Elliot. It was part of a terrific lecture about the way creative minds use prior works to fuel their own efforts. The basic idea is that the better you are...
- Tuesday, November, 18, 2014 The Pool Industry: The Good, the Bad and the Beautiful
Over the past year, I’ve leveled some fairly heavy criticism at the pool construction industry. Some of you have taken me to task over my comments about our industry’s reluctance to embrace change and my speculation about why there seems to be an ongoing spate of construction defects and failures. Others have been...
- Tuesday, October, 21, 2014 NY Settles $5M Crypto Suit
After nine years of litigation and legal wrangling, New York State recently reached a settlement in a class action lawsuit stemming from a 2005 outbreak of cryptosporidium. Over 2,500 plaintiffs will share $5 million paid by the state as reparations for infections suffered after being exposed to the waterborne disease at the Seneca Lake spray park from June 1 to August 17, 2005.
The settlement coincides with the publication of the Model Aquatic Health Code, a sweeping document...
- Wednesday, October, 15, 2014 Material Memories
When I was a kid, my grandfather had a passion for geology and loved sharing what he knew with me. We would go to gem and mineral shows, go hiking for specimens and spend long hours in his workshop selecting, cutting and polishing stones. He was a quiet guy, didn’t say much, but when it came to appreciating geodes, quartz, marble, lava rocks and...