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wu logoAs this strange time keeps on rolling and builders’ phones continue to ring off the hook, Watershape University (WU) is serving our audience with our dynamic Wolfpack Webinar Wednesdays series of online educational offerings.

When we started down this path, admittedly it was something of an experiment, but now with three months of presentations under our canine belts, we have been thrilled with

When you work high above the ground, you have to see things from different angles, say high-rise specialists Mark and Zachary Trapani. The rigors and complexity of working with elevated watershape installations requires careful investigation and problem solving at every turn.
When you work high above the ground, you have to see things from different angles, say high-rise specialists Mark and Zachary Trapani. The rigors and complexity of working with elevated watershape installations requires careful investigation and problem solving at every turn.
By Mark & Zachary Trapani

Working on high-rise installations is a specialty that can test even the best in our industry. Rooftop pools are a constant challenge and every project comes with its own list of idiosyncrasies. Odds are what works in one location won’t in another. It’s work that requires solving problems with close investigation and inventive thinking. 

We’ve worked on hundreds of rooftop pools and spas; the vast majority have been in New York City where we’re either figuring out what went wrong with an existing watershape or determining how to locate a new vessel in an existing building. In either situation, our goal is to provide a

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The conclusion of the pond installation process offers moments to create lasting client impressions. As Dave Garton points in this final entry in his series on client relations, it's a critical juncture where all of the physical work and management of expectations come together.

 

b_400_400_16777215_00_images_6-24-20MNantzImages_6-24-20MNimageOpener.jpgCharging a fee for design work is one of the foundations of true professionalism across multiple disciplines. That’s why Michael W. Nantz won't give away his watershape ideas, partly because it's a solid revenue stream, but also because it builds up a base of pride and self-esteem.

Tying form boards to structural steel is a huge mistake, says Paolo Benedetti: There’s no standard or rationale that supports the practice, and as he notes here, that's simply because doing so conjures a host of problems and can result in structurally incompetent walls and shells.

wu logoWatershapes University is ready to resume presenting our unique brand of industry education in front of live audiences. Starting in August WU launches an ambitious calendar of events, strategically scattered throughout the country to provide access to as many industry members as possible.

We get started August 7-9 in Hamilton New Jersey at the Northeast Spa & Pool Association’s (NESPA) headquarters with our new, three-day course on

Steve Kenny believes it's time for aquatic professionals to add a new specialty -- one devoted entirely to elevating water quality in both commercial and residential settings. The first step, he says, is imagining a world in which excellence in water quality is simply the norm. 

 

 wu logoWe’ve been asked why Watershape University (WU) chose the wolf as its mascot, and why by extension we refer to our team – of students, faculty and partners -- as the “wolfpack”?

The simplest answer is that we’re basing our organization on the higher-education model, which is why we’re a “University.” And, in the collegiate world, everyone has a mascot. From the Razorbacks of the University of Arkansas to the Banana Slugs of

6 10 20WD0Placing shotcrete in hot weather can be a risky proposition if you don’t follow basic guidelines.  Success under these conditions, reports William Drakeley, calls for controlling concrete temperature and mix design while also managing details of the installation and curing processes.

 

 

wu logo“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.”

– John Quincy Adams

 

At Watershape University (WU) our entire structure and guiding focus is based on the concept of

wu logoAs members of the watershaping industry and the rest of the world ride it out during the COVID 19 pandemic, Watershape University has its sights set on the future with a variety of live schools and new content in the works.

We are, however, also focused on the here and now, and we know that many of you are looking for ways to take advantage of online educational opportunities during this time of social distancing. That’s why we decided to

Establishing primary and secondary sightlines within a space is one of the first design tasks on almost any project, observes Mike Farley. Doing so sets the stage for numerous decisions that follow and allows you to maximize visual impact from indoors -- and outdoors as well.
Establishing primary and secondary sightlines within a space is one of the first design tasks on almost any project, observes Mike Farley. Doing so sets the stage for numerous decisions that follow and allows you to maximize visual impact from indoors -- and outdoors as well.
By Mike Farley

Designing with line of sight in mind is something I think about a lot. Knowing where to place things so they will be seen, or in some cases not seen, is arguably square one in the design process. That’s why when I talk to my clients one of the first things I ask is, “What’s the most important view in the house?”

I start there because it’s something they are going to be looking at 365 days a year, probably morning, noon and night. The answers are mostly the same, the living room, dining room or kitchen. Every once in a while, someone

LBF Logo 5 1447x616 1By Lauren Stack

Since joining Watershape University (WU) last fall, one of the most intriguing, and I believe inspiring, ideas we’ve pursued has been the plan to develop the Live Blue Foundation (LBF) as a companion organization. For those who might be wondering what the LBF is all about, and how it ties in with WU, here’s a brief synopsis.

The concept for LBF stems from the revolutionary work of

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