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Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Corner out into a natural stream that runs along the lower elevation of the property. That aspect of the project was quite a departure for a “pool guy” like me who is used to sanitizing water so that nothing grows in it. Here, we just left the water alone knowing that as it flows, it brings its own oxygen, which in turn allows all sorts of life forms to take hold. You can see from the photos that the water is now host to various plants, algae, moss as well as small animals like frogs. And, of course, birds love it as a source of drinking water and bathing (Fig. 4 and 5). Note: the photos displayed here were taken about four months after the installation was complete. Clearly, nature wasted little time populating the Fig. 5: Watertight shotcrete, life-sustaining water feature. The water from the spring is gathered in a col- lection tank near the top of the property main- tained by an irrigation company that works on the William T. Drakeley Jr. is site. We simply brought a line down to the feed President of Drakeley Indus- trough. Water flows from the trough through a tries and W. Drakeley Swim- brass fitting, which is nothing more than a copper ming Pool Company. Drakeley pipe with a 45-degree angle, then slowly down Industries is a shotcrete con- the runnel and finally into the buried drain pipe sulting firm that is dedicated we installed leading down to the stream. The flow to the training and implemen- is created entirely by gravity and atmospheric tation of the shotcrete process pressure; there’s no pump, filter or any other in regards to building water-retaining struc- device you’d see in a recirculating system. Our tures, ground support, and underground shot- system is electricity-free. crete application. Drakeley Pool Company is a These aspects highlight our sustainable struc- design/build construction and service firm spe- ture’s environmental friendliness and are exam- cializing in in-ground, high-end commercial and ples of practical application of the sustainability residential pools. Drakeley is an active member principles of LEED ratings. of ACI Committee 506, Shotcreting. He is the We used an existing hole in the feed trough to first ACI Certified Shotcrete Examiner from create a drainage line used for winterizing. We the pool industry nationwide. Drakeley is also simply inserted a piece of schedule PVC, camou- an ACI Certified Nozzleman, ASA Technical flaging the opening with mortar and sand around Advisor, Chair of the ASA Pool & Recreational the pipe’s opening, so there’s no visual indication Shotcrete Committee, and serves as Treasurer to of the PVC penetrating the trough. the ASA Executive Committee. His writings have After we were finished, George adorned the been published in national and international area with a number of plantings, finishing off the trade magazines, including Shotcrete, Water- garden room effect. shapes, Pool and Spa, and Luxury Pools mag- As a member of the Hollister House Associa- azines. In addition, Drakeley is a Platinum tion, I’ve attended events at the property and have Member of the Genesis 3 Group, a licensed been gratified to see how people are drawn to the member of the Society of Water Shape Designers, feature. It’s a simple system, to say the least—one and a member of the Association of Pool and that simply allows us to see the water briefly as it Spa Professionals (APSP). He is also the Con- makes its way from the spring to the stream. crete/Shotcrete Instructor at the Genesis 3 Pool Despite the simplicity, or perhaps because Construction Schools and NESPA Region 1 of it, the feature is perfectly suited to this beau- Show in Atlantic City. As an Instructor/Trainer, tiful and historic setting. My hope is that our Drakeley has given lectures on shotcrete appli- family’s descendants will someday be visiting cations for various pool trade shows and for the property and look back with pride knowing World of Concrete. Drakeley is an Expert Wit- that we were a small part of the ongoing story ness regarding shotcrete applications for the of the Hollister House. swimming pool industry. Shotcrete • Spring 2014 29


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