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  • Manny Perez de la Mesa Retiring from POOLCORP

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    After nearly 20 years with the company, Manny Perez de la Mesa will retire from his position as CEO of POOLCORP at the end of the year. The board of directors has appointed Peter Arvan, the company's current executive vice president and COO, to take over as the new CEO. While he is stepping down from his role, Perez de la Mesa will remain with POOLCORP as vice chairman of the board of directors.

    "The Board, working closely with Manny, has developed and executed a comprehensive...

  • Design in Place: Tropical Attitudes

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    Between the warmth, abundant sunshine and ample rain, tropical locales around the globe are among the most lush and leisurely found anywhere. Many of those regions, such as Central America and the Caribbean, boast a seemingly endless number of desirable vacation spots famous for oceanic lifestyles, verdant forests and luxurious homes and resorts.

    For those who design and build aquatic outdoor environments, these settings offer both great opportunities and, often, significant...

  • Three Worrisome Trends Affecting New Pool Construction

    by Bil Kennedy July 2018

    We always say that pool construction tracks closely with housing starts, and historically that has always been the case. But is that still true? And are there other economic indicators that are as correlative with the state of the pool industry?

    Indeed, pools have tracked with housing starts. But then, in 2011, things began to change. Starts stopped prompting pools. Moreover, two new indicators began to explain a lot of things about the floundering pool business.

    Fits and

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  • Pools by Day, Fun by Night

    by Kathryn Howard July 2018

    Here at AQUA, we spend a lot of time discussing the in's and outs of your work life, but what about life outside of work? On our Facebook page, we asked you to tell us about the hobbies and passions you enjoy off the clock. We got a wave of responses that included everything from motorcycling to music to statue making!

    Have a hobby you'd like to share? Send photos to

  • Illuminating Possibilities

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    For landscape lighting designer Scott Armusewicz, Jr., it's all about discovering possibilities after the sun goes down. As lead lighting designer with Hamptons Landscape Lighting (Southampton, N.Y.), Armusewicz says he's always on the lookout for opportunities to create unique effects while also being sensitive to the client's needs.

    "It's all about finding that unique piece that will give the client something special, but at the same time give them exactly what they're looking...

  • The Unusual Art of Pods and Spheres

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    As the concept of outdoor living continues to gain momentum among homeowners worldwide, some of the designs and products emerging to meet the growing demand can take on rather interesting creative twists. That's...

  • Pool Step Repair

    by Steve Goodale July 2018

    A very common problem with concrete pools in cold northern climates is failure of the steps, most specifically the top step.

    Why...

  • 66 Million Gallons of Sparkling Water: How Do They Do It?

    by Eric Herman July 2018

    They are both big and beautiful. The vessels created by Crystal Lagoons have achieved widespread international recognition for not only their gargantuan size and strikingly clear water, but also for their ability to generate elevated real estate value for the properties that surround them.

    Developed by Chilean scientist, innovator and entrepreneur Fernando Fischmann, the lagoons — which are not technically referred to as "swimming pools" — currently number 50 worldwide, largely in...

  • Why Fiberglass is Growing

    by AQUA Editors July 2018

    In the last decade, fiberglass pools have seen their share of the market steadily increase as homeowners across the country have come to appreciate the unique benefits of having a shell made of this smooth, low-maintenance material. AQUA decided to dig a little deeper into the phenomenon with two fiberglass industry veterans from Latham Pools: Tom Straub, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and Mike Fox, product director for fiberglass pools.

    What’s driving the increasing

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  • Developing New Methods of Pool Construction

    by Eric Herman June 2018

    Over the past few months, I've come upon an interesting trend, one that has found its way into the pages of AQUA in three recent articles I've written.

    In a nutshell, I've noticed there are some potentially exciting and relatively new ways to build swimming pools that stand as dramatic departures from the familiar triumvirate of shotcrete/gunite, vinyl liner and fiberglass.