Tag Archives: Concrete

Springboard Diving

As a full-service aquatic consulting firm, we strive to design facilities that meet the needs of all user groups. While many aquatic sport facilities revolve around competitive swimming, we certainly do not want to neglect diving. While most university and high school teams only have 5-10 divers on their roster, they can be a secret […]

Are Water Tightness Tests During Construction Necessary?

A water tightness test is a procedure that is used to determine if a water-holding vessel is free of leaks. Water tightness testing includes three main steps: filling the vessel(s) with water, monitoring and measuring the water level of the vessel(s) over a prolonged period of time, and analyzing the measurements and observations recorded during […]

Cast-in-Place vs. Shotcrete Concrete Pool Installation

For many, the question commonly arises as to what type of concrete material makes the best watertight vessel: cast-in-place concrete, shotcrete or gunite. While each have their own strengths, one must consider key items such as geographical/site location, soil conditions and most importantly, availability. There are many locations in the United States where shotcrete and […]

Pool Waterproofing

Swimming pool vessels are intended to hold water without leaking.  Therefore regardless of the materials of construction, success is measured by having a watertight vessel across all surfaces, joints, and penetrations.  The effect of a swimming pool leaking water could be minimal or catastrophic. Waterproofing through materials of construction:  The structural design of the concrete […]

Design-Bid-Build or Design-Build?

Communities responsible for the creation of a new swimming pool and natatorium are often faced with choosing between a conventional AIA protocol of design programming, schematic design, design development and construction documents, bidding and construction administration as compared to negotiating with a sole source package pool installer (design-build).  One must be knowledgably about different manufacturers […]