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Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Corner Industry Update By Bill Drakeley M“awards programs” in the pool industry. Award is not an easy one to win. It takes a cer-The ASA Outstanding Shotcrete Projecttain amount of guts to reveal the ins and outs ofany pool contractors—myself included—are skeptical of the majority of so-called An unfortunate number of them are dependent a project, and it takes a certain kind of person on who you know, who won last year, and other to be willing to expose the interior workings of factors that are mostly unrelated to the merit of their product. In essence, it is your structural the project itself. The American Shotcrete Asso- and aesthetic accountability that is being ciation’s Outstanding Shotcrete Project Awards judged. That is precisely the kind of courage program—now accepting entries—is an excep- that we need in our industry to continue to tion to this rule: it offers true credibility to the reform and enhance its image. I encourage all winner. By examining the inner workings of a pool builders using the shotcrete process to structure, the ASA Outstanding Shotcrete consider an application for an ASA Outstanding Project Award levels the playing field and lets Shotcrete Project Awards in the Pool & Recre- excellence receive the recognition it deserves. ational category this year. I also want to shine a spotlight on the four Position Statement papers currently in circulation by ASA: • “Compressive Strength Values of Pool Shotcrete”; • “Definitions of Key Shotcrete Terminology”; • “Sustainability of Shotcrete in the Pool Industry”; and • “Watertight Shotcrete for Swimming Pools.” Voted on and approved by the ASA Pool & Recreational Shotcrete Committee, the ASA Board of Direction, and the ASA Executive Committee, these Position Statement papers have taken the best of the variable thought processes and approaches from the industry’s engineers, specifiers, builders, and other con- tractors and synthesized them into a common view. The result is four positions on the stan- dards for quality in our industry that we can all stand by. This has been a very successful program, and one that we will continue through the issuing of Position Statements on the following shotcrete- related phases and issues: • “Forming”; • “Cold Joints (or lack thereof)”; and • “Watertight Shotcrete for Swimming Pools: Part 2.” Like the shotcrete process itself, the Position Statement program is multi-faceted; we intend to continue to address key issues related to each phase of shotcrete installation. Building a per- sonal library with these Position Statement 52 Shotcrete • Spring 2015


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