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Reprinted with permission from WaterShapes magazine, May 2009 (WaterShapes.com) Top of the Class By William Drakeley Last year, the project team planning Canterbury High School’s new aquatic center brought in watershaper William Drakeley to discuss the facility’s state-of-the-art competition pool. Before he could start, however, questions about how it should be built involved Drakeley educating the project team about the distinctions between shotcrete and cast-in-place concrete and which should be used in creating what was to be a huge, monolithic shell Ethat, as it is used by the pool industry, shot- in watershape applications. -prefer cast-in-place concrete, which they perceive as having greater quality and reliabilityvery so often, our company is confronted bythe belief among certain design professionals crete is simply not viable for use as structural We at Drakeley Swimming Pool Co. (Beth- concrete in high-profile watershaping projects. lehem, CT) recently encountered exactly that The assumption, I’ve learned, is that the pool prejudice: A private high school that was in the industry is filled with contractors and specification process of designing and building a state-of-the- writers who know little about the material and art aquatic center and an eight-lane, all-tile com- therefore tend to produce substandard results. petition pool offered bid specifications that called I could argue the merits of the case, but let for use of cast-in-place concrete, with shotcrete it suffice to say that the upshot of this wide- allowed as an alternative. spread belief is that institutions and commercial In approaching the project team, my challenge clients hesitate to use shotcrete and instead was two-fold: I had to make our company attrac- 10 Shotcrete • Summer 2014


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