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  • Zodiac and Fluidra Announce Merger

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    Two of the biggest companies in the pool and spa industry, Fluidra and Zodiac Pool Solutions, have agreed to merge. The merger is expected to close in the first half of 2018.

    Fluidra, a Spanish multinational corporation serving the residential and commercial pool and wellness sector, will maintain global headquarters in Barcelona. North American headquarters will remain in Vista (San Diego), California. Fluidra Executive President Eloi Planes will serve as executive chairman of its...

  • 2017 PSP Expo: Sights From Day 1

    by AQUA Editors November 2017

    The 2017 PSP Expo is in full swing here in Orlando, and attendees are making the most of it by scoping out new products, taking in education and networking with fellow industry pros. Couldn’t make it to the show — or simply want to relive the first day? Below, we share a few glimpses of the show, from special events and cool booths to fun moments on the show floor.

    Making an Entrance
    You know you're at a pool and spa show when the parking lot is full of trucks...

  • Rendering the Future

    by Eric Herman October 2017

    Has digital design technology adapted itself to the aquatics design industry, or has the industry adapted itself to the technology? It's an interesting conundrum. The best answer is that it's almost certainly some of both.

    As technology has advanced, the way designs are created, presented, sold and ultimately built has clearly evolved. By the same token, programs that target landscape and pool design have had to adapt to the challenges specific to working with water, hardscape and...

  • Dining, Nightlife and Attractions: What to Do in Orlando

    by Kathryn Howard October 2017

    2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part II)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    All month long, we at AQUA have reveled the winners of the 2017 Awards of Excellence competition. Today, it all comes to an end with our final batch of gold winners.

    Below, you’ll find 11 one-of-a-kind projects that represent the best our industry offers. And while all of them are beautifully designed, they also highlight the immense technical prowess required to surmount the inevitable construction challenges that come with pool and spa construction. Sloping hills, complex...

  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Gold (Part I)

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Hundreds of pool builders each year submit their best works to APSP’s Awards of Excellence competition. And while dozens of honors are handed out, only a select few strike gold.

    Below, take a look at just a few of this year’s gold winning entries, which include razor-sharp Lautner knife edges, sprawling geometrics and more.

    The first half of our gold winners are below; come back Thursday to see the rest. Be sure to click on the images for a better view, too.

    And...

  • Rooftop Sophistication

    by Cailley Hammel October 2017

    The project you see here looks clean and elegant, but make no mistake: It certainly wasn’t easy to achieve. A small 20-by-30 foot deck, unusual material selections, a concurrent interior remodel and a homeowner’s association were just a few challenges the Pool Environments team (Plano, Texas) faced.

    Then add in the height factor. This project was 270 feet, or seven stories, off the ground.

    “It was a challenge from the start,” laughs Reconstruction Project Manager Mike...

  • Interview with Rich Gottwald and Jack Manila: APSP Takes the High Road

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    In the last couple of weeks, the merger between CPSA and NSPF has fueled conjecture and rumor about the future alignment of trade associations in the pool and spa industry. Some have publicly speculated that NSPF and CPSA intend to launch an organization to directly challenge APSP, but leaders of the newly formed “Alliance” have stopped short of saying that.

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  • 2017 Awards of Excellence Winners: Silver

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Last week we kicked off our Awards of Excellence month by looking at the impressive batch of bronze-winning projects, and this week, we’re onto silver — and trust us, they do not disappoint.

    RELATED:2017 AOE Bronze Winners

    Dazzling freeforms, luxurious spas, creative lighting and impressive...

  • Couple Survives CA Wildfires in Swimming Pool

    by AQUA Editors October 2017

    Northern California’s wildfires have been both devastating and deadly — 41 people have died as a result so far. Jan and John Pascoe of Santa Rosa were almost among them. As fires closed in around their home, with no way out, they sought refuge in the only place they could find: their neighbor’s swimming pool.

    With t-shirts over their faces to protect themselves from falling embers, the Pascoes stayed in the pool for six hours before it was safe to leave. 

    The Los...