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  • Arizona Aquatic Center Trespassers Arrested

    by Jessica Blackburn December 2017

    More than 30 people were caught trespassing at the UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center over a recent 18-month period, resulting in arrests, fines and sometimes code-of-conduct violations.

  • District Aims to Open New Natatorium Dec. 18

    by Julie Garcia December 2017

    The pool wasn't supposed to be there. While digging up the soccer field at Cabaniss Athletic Complex over the summer to lay new turf, contractors stumbled across the remnants of a swimming pool from when the field was a commissioned auxiliary field for Naval Air Station Corpus Christi in the 1940s and 1950s.

  • Building a Pool Facility? Read This First

    by Stephen Springs December 2017

    What are the keys to successfully partnering with multiple design firms on an aquatics project? I like to use the analogy of an orchestra: Just as a conductor makes sure the brass, woodwinds and percussion all do their parts to make beautiful music together, it is the architect’s job to coordinate many disciplines together into a well-orchestrated composition. 

  • Indoor Pool to Receive $5.66 Million Renovation

    by Rick Nathanson November 2017

    As part of the project, the building surrounding the pool will be torn down and a new one constructed, expanding the interior space from 10,000 square feet to 18,000 square feet, said Mike Heitman, project architect with Greer Stafford Architecture.

  • Ensuring Inclusivity and Accessibility at Aquatics Facilities

    by Andy Berg November 2017

    In 2010, Congress added a provision to the Americans with Disabilities Act that mandated all public pools and spas — hotel, rec center, country club or otherwise — be accessible to individuals with disabilities by the end of 2012. In most cases, compliance could be accomplished by installing a lift chair or ramp — facility enhancements that likely cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $8,000 to $10,000, which was better than being slapped with a $55,000 fine.

  • Product Spotlight 2017: Aquatic Components

    by Courtney Cameron November 2017


    RELATED: Everybody into the pool: Inclusivity, accessibility in aquatics on the rise

     

    AllChem Performance Products LP
    The Vantage ACF Series, AllChem's line of calcium hypochlorite tablet feeders, has been developed based on the input of commercial aquatics facility operators to perform under the demanding conditions of modern aquatics facilities. AllChem can help pool operators update existing equipment or replace old liquid-chlorine systems.
    www.vantagewatercare.com
    (352) 378-9696

     


     

    Lincoln Aquatics
    The automatic self-propelled and self-contained vacuum from Lincoln Aquatics operates without the use of the labor traditionally required to physically clean a pool. Operators simply place the vacuum in the pool, let it work and then rinse the filter assembly when finished. This allows the staff to tend to other duties while the pool is being cleaned. The automatic vacuum is not only easy to use but ensures better cleaning compared to manual-operation vacuums.
    www.lincolnaquatics.com
    (800) 223-5450

     


     

    Extractor Corp./SUITMATE
    The SUITMATE® water extractor is an innovative system that removes 95 percent of the water from a wet swimsuit in eight seconds, without using heat. The SUITMATE® unit is a highly valued amenity not only for guests, but also for property owners, as it helps prevent water damage from dripping-wet swimsuits, resulting in a cleaner, dryer environment for all.
    www.suitmate.com
    (800) 553-3353

     


     

    Colorado Time Systems
    Colorado Time Systems is pleased to introduce Gen7 — an all-new swim timing and scoring system. The Gen7 platform provides long-lasting technology that will save both time and money. Its software interface puts intuitive control of all levels of competition at the operator's fingertips. Combined with the distributed intelligence of the company's proprietary bus communication system, this software gives facilities the flexibility to run meets in a customized way.
    www.coloradotime.com
    (800) 279-0111

     


     

    Alta Enterprises Inc.
    The Alta Power Winder is designed to power existing thermal-pool-cover reel systems. Made of stainless steel and featuring automated functionality, the Power Winder makes the normally painstaking, manual process of deploying and retracting pool covers fast and effortless. Electronics and motors are in a water-resistant enclosure that maximizes corrosion protection, while the reel system retracts a large pool cover in minutes.
    www.altaenterprises.com
    (800) 624-1235

     


     

    ChlorKing
    ChlorKing's NEXGEN on-site chlorine generators and CHLOR SM salt chlorinators use salt to sanitize swimming pools without the safety and cost issues associated with bulk chlorine. ChlorKing systems prevent chlorine gas discharges by eliminating the need for chlorine, while adding a second layer of protection and chloramine control with Sentry UV lights. ChlorKing systems can last more than 10 years with proper maintenance and are backed by 36- and 60-month equipment supply and maintenance programs for new facilities and retrofits.
    www.chlorking.com
    (800) 536-8180

     


     

    Aqua Creek Products LLC
    The Ranger lift features a 350-pound weight capacity while maintaining a sleek, low-profile design. This lift is ideal for use on smaller pool decks where space may be limited. The Ranger is third-party-verified to comply with ADA standards. An economical choice, this lift comes standard with five-year structural and five-year prorated electronics warrantees. A solar charging station adds minimal maintenance and long-lasting use.
    www.aquacreek.com
    (888) 687-3552

     

  • Maintenance, Infrastructure Costs Pile Up for Aquatic Center

    by Kevin Trevellyan November 2017

    Rhonda Newman remembers block-spanning lines for the Wes Deist Aquatic Center's 1987 grand opening. "It was packed all the time, at least for the first five years," she said.

  • Construction Begins on High School Pool

    by Russell Lissau November 2017

    After more than a year of planning, construction vehicles are chugging their way around the site of what eventually will be a new indoor swimming pool at Libertyville High School. Separated from the rest of the campus by metal safety fencing, a bulldozer operator from Berger Excavating Contractors in Wauconda pushed dirt around the construction site Monday as an excavator dumped load after heavy load of that same dark soil into the back of a dump truck for removal. Site preparation for the $21.5 million project began this summer, but the real heavy lifting is only now getting underway.

  • University to Close Pool, Swim Programs Move to YMCA

    by Derek Redd October 2017

    The headquarters for youth swimming in Charleston will change addresses next summer, as its decades-long home will close its doors.

  • Why LEDs Are Taking Over the Indoor Athletics Market

    by Andy Berg October 2017

    It's a typical summer morning in Granville, Ohio. Temperatures hover in the low 80s, and humidity is pegged in the 70 to 80 percent range. Chris Crume, director of the Trumbull Aquatics Center at Denison University, is glad there are no scheduled events for the day. "Right now, we have a standard lighting setup. We use metal halide," Crume says. "It takes about 20 minutes for them to come up. They produce great light, don't get me wrong, but if we have a power outage — we're expecting some storms here today — we're 20 minutes down after the power comes back on."