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Alka Pool Construction Wins Grand International Excellence Award For 2014

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 10, 2015

 

The sky over Tucson wasn't the only venue where stars were shining on March 25th. Alka Pool’s owners Raffaele and Carla Sovernigo were beaming as they accepted the Grand International Excellence Award at the annual Master Pools Guild Award ceremony for outstanding swimming pool construction.  Ocean Home Magazine editor, Melissa Gillespie presented the award to the recipients. 

Alka Pool Construction
     Melissa Gillespie, Ocean Home Magazine Editor, Raff Sovernigo & Carla Sovernigo, Owners Alka Pool Construction

“This spectacular infinity edge pool was a special project for all of us from the beginning.  Jutting out from the rock cliff, this swimming pool has breath taking views at every angle of the valley and surrounding mountains.  A portion of the pool is suspended 40’0” in mid-air, a technical feat that has a stunning effect gaining us the Gold, APSP and technical achievement award from Pool and Hot Tub Council as well.” – Raff Sovernigo, Chief Operating Officer of Alka Pool.

Alka Pool Construction

Master Pools Guild is the only truly international swimming pool association and awards the Grand International Award to one pool each year with the highest points overall, Best In Show.  Gaining membership in the Master Pools Guild is difficult and by election only.  A builder also has to remain active and participate yearly to stay a member.  Alka Pool has been a member of the Master Pools Guild since 1978 and also won Outstanding Geometric Pool, and five other awards Wednesday night. 

“We are so incredibly privileged to have worked on this project.  Competition for this award is fierce among (Master Pools) Guild members, the best builders in the world, so winning the Grand International is a great honor for our team.”  Says Carla Sovernigo, President/CFO of Alka Pool.  

Creating functional art in water is a growing trend in home design of outdoor living spaces.  Pool construction has come a long way in recent years more and more becoming the center focus of outdoor living.  Pools now function not just for kid play time or fitness but as a gathering place, entertainment area and functional art.

Alka Pool Construction Ltd. Is a family owned and operated company in Burnaby, British Columbia, BC Canada building since 1961.  Alka Pool is known in BC as one of the top builders for over 50 years and they specialize in custom built poolscapes that complement the customers’ personal style.  For more information visit www.alkapool.com 

The Master Pools Guild is an international organization of elite, custom swimming pool builders whose primary goal is to build the most beautiful pools in the world.  For more information visit www.masterpoolsguild.com

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Mahalo from Master Pools Member Huber Pools, Maui!

Posted by Teri Wiltshire on Mon, Sep 22, 2014

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Huber Pools, Inc. based in Kihei Maui, wishes to extend a sincerest “Mahalo” to the community in celebration of their 10th year. Hans Huber, the owner and principal of Huber Pools has grown the business rapidly over the decade winning the “Hawaii’s Fastest 50” in 2007. The “Fastest 50” is held by Pacific Business News annually, honors businesses on the growth of their company. In 2007 Huber Pools growth was 1667%. With continued growth and satisfied customers, Huber Pools has gone on to place in the competition an additional five times in 8 years of eligibility.

Hans Huber has continued to develop his skills and qualifications while working “hands on” in the field daily. Huber originally starting earned Hawaii Specialty Contractor’s license C23 for gunite application and C49 for Swimming pool construction, and subsequently earned the General Engineering license “A” and General Building license “B”. Huber Pools is uniquely qualified to handle all aspects of pool construction and is one of the few licensed gunite applicators in Hawaii.

Hans Huber credits the opening of his Kihei showroom, located in the Kai Ani Village at 1367 S. Kihei Rd, as an important milestone. “The showroom offers a One-Stop shopping experience - clients and contractors can view images of our previous and current projects on our huge flat screen, get more information on construction details, equipment, finishes and more.” Internet presence has added to the success: “Our quality website and presence on social media such as Facebook, Pinterest, Houzz and Twitter have been great for sharing current projects, trends and opening lines of communication with clients” says Office and Showroom Manager Lisa Guthrie.

High profile commercial projects completed by Huber Pools Inc. include the Oceanside pool at the Sheraton Poipu, the Pool and Spa at the Airport Courtyard Marriott in Kahului, the pool, spa and BBQ area at Kai Ani Village in Kihei, as well as many pool renovations at the Hyatt Regency, Kaanapali Ocean Resort, Fairmont Kealani, Maalaea Banyans and more. Additionally, over the ten years Huber Pools has completed more than 300 residential projects for satisfied homeowners and premier Maui contractors such as David Ferrebee Construction, JBR Construction, Betsill Brothers Construction, Ledcor Construction, KLC Design and Build Contractors, CC&D Builders and more.

Huber Pools is proud to be one of the elite members of the international Master Pools Guild, and the exclusive member from Hawaii. Membership is by invitation and members not only receive ongoing training at bi-annual meetings, but benefit from peer support from this outstanding group of pool builders. More about the Master Pools Guild can be found by clicking here.

Recognized nationally with several quality and design awards including Luxury Pools Pinnacle Award in 2012, gold and silver winners annually at the Master Pools Guild ceremony, as well as project recognition in Oceans Magazine, No Ka Oi Magazine, Luxury Pools Magazine, Pacific Business News and others; in its first 10 years Huber Pools, Inc. has established itself as Maui’s Premier Pool Builder – the Finest in the Islands.

For more information on Huber Pools please call 808.879.0822, or email Info@huberpools.com.

We encourage you to visit the Huber Pools website & follow them on social media for insight into what makes this company so unique!

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Master Pools Guild Members Named In Top 50 Builder Issue

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Jun 06, 2014

Each year, Pool & Spa News unveils their list of Top 50 Builders.  This year, judging was based on five criteria that included:  Industry Involvement, Web Presence, Community Involvement, Staff & Revenue.  Below is a list of the Guild members who received this recognition.  

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We encourage you to find out more about these & other Guild members by visiting our -Who We Are and -Member Locator resources.  Again, we salute the members listed above & send our best wishes to out to the team members of all the recipients.  

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Jorge Martinez, Watermaina, S.A. Pool & Spa News 2013 Award

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Aug 30, 2013

Watermania, S.A., Master Pools Guild member headquartered in Guatemala, has been recognized by Pool & Spa News with a 2013 Masters of Design Award for this striking and unique swimming pool design. 

Watermania, S.A.

The article in Pool & Spa News is captioned “Lush Life” and explains that the architect, Juan Lacape, & Watermania, S.A. president, Jorge Martinez, worked together to design the pool to frame the homeowners view of Guatemala’s San Pedro Sula City.  A limited amount of available space kept the vanishing edge pool design to approximately 30 feet of swimming area.  A shallow-water sun shelf is an additional design feature that compliments the clean lines of the pool while increasing usability.   

The design team incorporated dark colors for the pool using black tile for the sunbathing areas and blue for the pool.  The effect gives an added sense of depth when looking out from the windows.  The unique use and placement of wood in the design gives the steps the illusion of floating and blends seamlessly with the home’s modern architectural style.  “The wooden areas are not aligned, so they look as if they are floating…inside the pool.” stated Martinez.

Watermania, S.A.

In 2011, this pool was awarded the 2011 Master Pools Grand International Award of Excellence.  That award is bestowed on one pool design each year by the members of the Master Pools Guild.  Watermania, S.A. is the only member of the Master Pools Guild to win that award in two consecutive years, 2010 & 2011.  

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Neuman Pools Honored By Master Pools Guild For Outstanding Design

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Wed, Jun 19, 2013

“Many members of the Master Pools Guild have an impressive portfolio of commercial swimming pool designs, so, when a member is recognized for “Outstanding Design” for a commercial pool, then trust us when we say you are going to see something impressive”.  Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Guild shared at this year’s annual Master Pools Guild Excellence Awards Dinner.

At the Awards Dinner, Neuman Pools of Beaver Dam, Wisconsin was recognized with a trophy for “Outstanding Commercial Pool” which was presented by Randy Walton of Bio Lab a Guild Gold Annual Sponsor.

Outstanding Commerical Pool Neuman

This award winning commercial pool design includes 5495 feet of water service that goes from zero to four feet deep.  This elaborate poolscape provides a lazy river, plunge area, lap area and water walk area.  The zero area includes a play structure, a custom kiddie slide, deck sprays and geysers.  The lazy river includes deck sprays, water rapids and a fabulous waterfall.  The pool design also includes two slides for double the fun.  There are two large bench areas, one at zero depth and one at 3.5 feet which includes cold water therapy jets.  There are also competition lanes, multipool/river, waterfalls and perimeter over-flow edge to top things off nicely.

There is no doubt that Neuman Pools defines the Guild’s slogan of “Building The World’s Finest Pools.”  Chris Neuman attended the Awards Dinner and accepted the award on behalf of Neuman Pools.  

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Rainey Pool Company, Texas, Honored By The Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Thu, May 30, 2013

Outstanding Traditional Pool

A new set of awards were announced at this year’s Excellence Awards Ceremony by the Master Pools Guild.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Rainey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Traditional Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Pool Corp.’s Manny Perez & was accepted by Tim Rainey, Jr. for Rainey Pool Company.

This backyard oasis is located next to the water and was constructed utilizing 13 wood sub-pilings to support the gunite retaining walls.  This unique design includes a play ledge, attached spa and gas fire pit.  The pool scape measures 36 feet long and 3 ½ feet deep – providing the perfect cool, refreshing escape for the owners and their guests.

"The swimming pool on this property is the perfect finishing element - truly custom designed and complimenting the home.  This is one of the areas where our members excel." Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild.  For more information on the members of the Master Pools Guild visit  ABOUT THE GUILD &/or -Testimonials.

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Mission Pools Honored By Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, May 17, 2013

Swimming pools and spas come in all shapes and sizes but none have a champagne acrylic spa suspended over the pool and overlooking the Pacific Ocean – at least not until now.  Constructed using stainless steel structural members welded to a stainless steel post that extends down below the pool floor.  The all glass tile, quarter circle pool was built with a stainless steel coping and a rotating post which is designed to allow the interior quarter circle of the house floor to rotate from inside the house to outside the house and cover the pool when the owners would like to use it for outdoor dancing!  This pool is truly extraordinary in design and absolutely stunning to behold. 

Outstanding Tech Achieve

The Master Pools Guild, during the March 2013 Excellence Awards Ceremony, announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their respective categories during the judging process.  This swimming pool design was awarded the first Master Pools Guild Excellence Award for Outstanding Technical Achievement.   The trophy was presented by Art Grimmitt of Pentair Aquatic Group, to Jeff Dunn of Mission Pools of California.  Somehow it seems very appropriate that we say “To the entire Mission Pools Team, Congratulations and Cheers!

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Klimat Master Pools Honored by the Master Pools Guild

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Tue, May 07, 2013

As part of The Master Pools Guild annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013 Klimat Master Pools, Ohio, was honored with the first Outstanding Water Feature Award.  This new series of awards, for outstanding designs, were presented to entries scoring the highest points in their category during the judging process. Clark Hale, President of Hayward Pool Products, presented this award to Frank Kane of Klimat Master Pools.  

Klimat Master Pools Outstanding Water Feature

This water feature has an area of water surface of 176 feet.  The project is located in a busy intersection in the City of Montgomery.  Klimat personnel were required to take great care during the installation process due to the close proximity of traffic to the work areas.   The fountain is located next to the “right of way.”  The equipment room is located in a small room near the sidewalk.  The design includes 24 lights and ten bubblers, the center of the upper basin houses six and the lower basin the remaining four.

“Many of the Master Pools Guild members have commercial divisions as well as residential. It is nice to see some of our members receiving recognition for their commercial projects as well as their residential work.”   Commented Dick Covert, Executive Director of the Master Pools Guild. 

 

 

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Master Pools Guild Honors Gib-San Pools, Ltd.

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Mon, Apr 29, 2013

Forever setting new trends in the pool and spa industry Gib-San Pools, Ltd, strives to provide their clients with unique, custom swimming pool environments and this pool and spa combination is an award winning example.    

Gib-San Pools Outstanding Spa DesignWhile a current trend in pool design is having an attached spa that flows into the swimming pool, this design does the exact opposite – the swimming pool appears to flow into the spa which sits a bit lower than the pool.  The pool uses an underground reservoir to store the excess water needed and the effect is quite unique and certainly visually appealing.  The spa measures 8 feet in length and is 3 ½ feet deep.  The seats in the spa are contoured which required special forms be pressed into the concrete during construction.  Contoured spa seating, traditionally found primarily in fiberglass spas, conforms to your body and offers increased comfort.  Custom spa design also allows for jet placements to be varied providing the customer options for enhanced hydrotherapy benefits. 

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As part of The Master Pools Guild annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), this spa by Gib-San Pools, Ltd., was honored with the first Outstanding Spa Award.  This new series of awards for outstanding designs were presented to entries scoring the highest points in their category during the judging process. Gregg Price, of A & A Manufacturing, an annual sponsor of Master Pools Guild, presented the award to Gib-San Pools.

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Master Pools Guild Honors Claffey Pools of Texas

Posted by Master Pools Guild on Fri, Apr 26, 2013


Claffey Pools Texas

Overlooking a private lake, this Claffey Pool design is a beautiful reflection of natural design expertise.  The client’s request?  To build a pool 75 feet in length that complimented the 10,000 square foot log cabin home.  What did the Claffey design team deliver?  A breath taking natural design that could make Mother Nature herself stop & take notice. 

One key component to the overall plan was to ensure visibility of the waterfalls from the house as well as from the outdoor area.  Then, there is the 150 foot river.  It gives the appearance that the pool is gushing toward the lake, when in reality, the river is circulating from the lake.  The waterfalls around the pool are seamlessly woven into the pool system and the entire poolscape blends so well into the setting it is difficult to see where Mother Nature stopped & the Claffey team began.  Add the custom elements of fire features, in pool fountain, grotto, attached spa stools & table and a captivating vanishing edge and your journey to paradise is more than complete.

The Master Pools Guild, during the annual Excellence Awards Ceremony (March 2013), announced a new series of awards.  These awards were bestowed upon the designs that scored the highest points in their category during the judging process.  Claffey Pools of Texas was awarded the first Outstanding Natural Pool Award for this design.  The Tiffany trophy was presented by annual sponsor Zodiac Pool Systems’, Bruce Brooks & was accepted by Brian, Charlie & Shelly Claffey for Claffey Pools.

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