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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

wu logoThe COVID-19 pandemic has brought suffering and loss to many. It has certainly challenged everyone’s patience and forced us to find creative ways to move forward on the work front from the confines of home. For some, that’s proven impossible and they are truly stuck at home with little or nothing to do. Others are luckier and can earn the daily bread in isolation, or quarantine. Many bravely soldier on in medical facilities, grocery stores, delivery services and other essential businesses.

Selling dreams and making memories are at the heart of the watershaping process, says Scott Payne. Taking design from the outdoor-lifestyle perspective, he notes, is the best way to create spaces that connect with clients' lives while also generating new revenue streams.
Selling dreams and making memories are at the heart of the watershaping process, says Scott Payne.  Taking design from the outdoor-lifestyle perspective, he notes, is the best way to create spaces that connect with clients' lives while also generating new revenue streams.
By Scott Payne

I love the outdoor living part of the conversation, and our clients do too. It’s so important because two of the big keys to success in business are paying attention to the client, and you have to be able to adapt. The outdoor living piece lead to both.

We always start by looking at what people are seeking. What do they really want? Almost always that boils down to some kind of at-home, outdoor experience or set of experiences. That can mean a lot of different things to different people, so you have to

Ever since the formation of Watershape University last fall, curious minds have rightfully asked what this organization is all about, what our goals are, and the means we’ll be using achieve those ends? Here’s a rundown of the key questions and answers:

What’s a “watershape”?

The creators of WaterShapes coined the term before

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