Watershape University
George R Brown Convention Center

Southwest Pool & Spa Show 2023

The Southwest Pool & Spa Show returns to the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston, Texas, February 8-11, 2023 with two days of pre-conference education and two more days of general track seminars and opportunities to catch up with manufacturers and Watershape University on the show floor. Registration for all classes and the expo itself are managed through the Southwest Pool & Spa Show website.

Essential Classes (supports specific certifications)

DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop
CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes — Residential

Elective Classes (supports general CEU requirements)

BUSINESS 1341: Design Fees – Billing for Professional Services
BUSINESS 2322: How to Pivot to Renovations When New Pool Leads Dry Up
CONSTRUCTION 1956: Understanding Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR)
CONSTRUCTION 2921: Profiling Outstanding Projects Start to Finish
CONSTRUCTION 3251: Pier and Beam Construction
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Itinerary

Program Summaries

This invaluable course develops design literacy that is the true DNA of watershape design. Moving through time, architectural spaces and the masters of design, students will appreciate the significance of original concepts. Some of these masters include Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe and Frank Gehry.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the concept of architectural style and historical influence.
  • Review and describe 20th Century design traditions including Arts and Crafts, Prairie Style, Art Deco, Bauhaus, California Bungalow, Mid-Century Modern, Brutalism and many others.
  • Consider the role of water in architectural motifs.
  • Explore how 20th Century architectural styles continue to define 21st Century design.

Accreditation

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • IACET CEUs: 1.6
  • All students who complete the course and evaluation form receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 1.6 IACET CEUs even if they do not continue with the Certified Watershape Designer (CWD) certification.
IACET Accredited Provider

Delivery

Live In-Person

  • A typical course runs 8-hours per day spanning 2-consecutive days (16 hours)
  • Complete attendance is required
  • Ask questions as they come up
  • Manual is provided in class
  • Instructors are available for questions during the lectures
  • Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Watershape University provides lunch for both days
  • $1400
  • Instructors: Don F. Gatzke, FAIA

Certifications

Watershape University’s DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop provides a historical foundation from which watershapes of any size and shape may be borrowed, following such masters as Frank Lloyd Wright, Mies Van Der Rohe, and Frank Gehry. DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop is one of two options required for the Certified Watershape Designer (CWD) certification.

DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop supports the following certifications:

International Watershape Institute (IWI)
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)
Certified Watershape Designer (CWD)
Certified Watershape Designer (CWD)

Licensing and CEUs

The Certified Watershape Designer (CWD) certification may be used for contractor licensing and required continuing education in certain jurisdictions. The CWD certification builds upon the CWF certification; therefore, all Certified Watershape Designers (CWDs) are also CWFs which support licensing in the following jurisdictions:

Details

DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop is intended for and attended by designers, builders, installers, consultants, contractors, and subcontractors — particularly those looking to coordinate their designs with the architecture and landscape architecture of the surrounding project.

Level: 2 – Sophomore / Novice / Limited Experience

There are no prerequisites for DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop

Manual Table of Contents

  • Introduction and History of Wellness
  • Biology, Physiology and the Five Senses
  • The Seven Stages of Water and an Introduction to The Seven In-Class Projects
  • Natural Waterbodies — Oceans, Lakes, Ponds, Puddles, Rivers, Streams, Canals, Waterfalls, Hot Springs
  • Immersion Elements — Pools, Hot Tubs, Cold Plunges, Ice Baths, Natural Swimming Ponds, Float Tanks
  • Cultural Immersion Elements & Rituals — Baptismal Fonts, Roman Baths, Mikvehs, Monastery Pools, Ritual Baths, Ablution, Pedilavium
  • Texture and Colors — Tides, Waves, Currents, Reflective, Laminar, Turbulent, Aerated, Transparent, Translucent, Hues, Lightness, Darkness
  • Steam Rooms and Hammams
  • Dry Saunas
  • Cryogenics
  • Vapor Therapeutics — Aroma Therapy
  • Clay Ball, Cupping
  • Massage, Hydrotherapy
  • Acoustic and Light Therapies
  • Core Elements — Restrooms, Dressing Rooms, Showers, Linens, Water Stations and more
  • Standards and Codes Summary
DESIGN 2311: Essential Architectural Styles Workshop

Authorized Faculty

Don F. Gatzke, FAIA

Don F. Gatzke, FAIA

Donald Gatzke is an architect and educator with 40 years in the profession. In addition to practicing in Seattle, Alabama, Louisiana and Texas, he has been a member of the architecture faculty at Tuskegee University, Tulane University and the University of Texas at Arlington. From 1997 to 2004 he was Dean of Architecture at Tulane University and served as Dean of the School of Architecture at UT Arlington from 2004-2014. He retired from the UTA faculty at the end of 2019 but continues to practice architecture and pursue multiple academic projects including as a faculty member of Watershape University. Mostly he’s trying to learn how to play the guitar. In 2014 he was honored by the Texas Society of Architects as the recipient of the Edward Romieniec Award for “extraordinary contributions to the profession through visionary leadership of architectural education”. In 2018, he was made a member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Architects. He resides in Arlington Texas with his wife Diane.

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

This rigorous 16-hour program provides detailed instruction in fluid engineering for custom pools, spas, and other types of watershapes. Activities includes a detailed project worth 50%, and an online exam accounting for the remaining 50% of the passing score. ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering is a prerequisite for this program.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define the meaning and scope of advanced hydraulics, hydrology, and fluid dynamics design, including complex gravity-fed and water-in-transit systems.
  • Detail water-in-transit engineering including vanishing edges, slot-edges, gutters, and water features.
  • Demonstrate use of the WatershapeAdvisor® series of software worksheets, including surge basin design, gravity and drainage systems, channels, lazy rivers, level-bottom slot channels, and more.
  • Practice analyzing vanishing edge and slot-edge pool and spa combinations, as a class project.

Accreditation

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • IACET CEUs: 1.6
  • All students who complete the course and evaluation form receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 1.6 IACET CEUs even if they do not continue with the Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification.
IACET Accredited Provider

Delivery

 
 
  • A typical course runs 8-hours per day spanning 2-consecutive days (16 hours)
  • Complete attendance is required
  • Ask questions as they come up
  • Manual is provided in class
  • Instructors are available for questions during the lectures
  • Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Watershape University provides lunch for both days
  • $1,800
  • Instructors: David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI
 

Certifications

Watershape University’s ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop builds on the ENGINEERING 2311 content with a focus on gravity systems, vanishing and slot-edge pools, weirs, etc. It pushes students wishing to master their fluid mechanics in all aspects of design.
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop supports the following certifications:
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)

Licensing and CEUs

The Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification may be used for contractor licensing and required continuing education in certain jurisdictions. The CWP certification builds upon the CWF certification; therefore, all Certified Watershape Professionals (CWPs) are also CWFs which support licensing in the following jurisdictions:

Details

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is intended for and attended by architects, landscape architects, designers, builders, installers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and service and maintenance professionals — particularly those looking to master the fluid mechanics of vanishing and slot-edge pools, spas and waterfeatures.

Level: 4 – Senior / Advanced / Applied Theory

The prerequisite for ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is:

  • ENGINEERING 2311: Essential Fluid Engineering Workshop more→
  • Or approved equal

ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop is a prerequisite for:

  • None

Manual Table of Contents

  • Introduction
  • Fluid Statics, Dynamics and Water-in-Transit
  • Gravity Flow
  • Natural Swimming Ponds
  • Channels
  • Weirs
  • Slot-Edges
  • Project Introduction
  • Software Setup
  • Surge Basins
  • Lazy Rivers
ENGINEERING 4311: Essential Advanced Fluid Engineering Workshop

Authorized Faculty

David J. Peterson, P.E. IWI

David J. Peterson, P.E., IWI

President/CEO — Watershape Consulting, Inc.

Peterson is President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc., an international planning, design and engineering firm providing owners, architects, contractors, and the legal profession with services relating to residential, commercial and institutional pools, spas and water features.

He obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and is a registered engineer in several states. Peterson has been in the watershape industry since 1994 when he began his career designing life support systems for large aquariums and marine mammal exhibits. He was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems where he developed and patented several products.

Peterson reorganized the Genesis 3 Design Group into GENESIS® University in 2012. When GENESIS merged with the National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) in 2016, Peterson became Director of Education for GENESIS, a position he held until forming Watershape University.

This rigorous two-day program is presented sequentially by experts from each trade, unifying all watershaping technical disciplines into a manageable and disciplined process. The focus is on residential pools and spas that include details such as vanishing and slot-edges, moveable floors, advanced automatic covers, and challenging glass tile finishes. Also addressed are projects built in difficult sites requiring soil stabilization, pier and beam foundations, and form-work beyond typical batter boards used for in-ground construction.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review site work including gravity plumbing, soil stabilization, pier and beam foundations, and advanced site work and forming.
  • Identify ozone, U.V. sterilization, advanced oxidation processes (AOP), and control and automation systems.
  • Examine architecturally integrated watershapes, dynamic pool floors and covers, acrylic windows and fire elements.
  • Appraise glass tile installation, innovative aesthetic details, technical solutions to unique challenges and construction strategies at difficult sites.

Accreditation

  • Duration: 16 hours
  • IACET CEUs: 1.6
  • All students who complete the course and evaluation form receive a Certificate of Completion documenting 1.6 IACET CEUs even if they do not continue with the Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification.
IACET Accredited Provider

Delivery

Live In-Person

  • A typical course runs 8-hours per day spanning 2-consecutive days (16 hours)
  • Complete attendance is required
  • Ask questions as they come up
  • Manual is provided in class
  • Instructors are available for questions during the lectures
  • Travel, lodging and meals are the responsibility of the student
  • Watershape University provides lunch for both days
  • $1,400

Certifications

Watershape University’s CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes – Residential is one of three options required for the Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification.

CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes – Residential supports the following certifications:

International Watershape Institute (IWI)
International Watershape Institute (IWI)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)
Certified Watershape Professional (CWP)

Licensing and CEUs

The Certified Watershape Professional (CWP) certification may be used for contractor licensing and required continuing education in certain jurisdictions. The CWP certification builds upon the CWF certification; therefore, all Certified Watershape Professionals (CWPs) are also CWFs which support licensing in the following jurisdictions:

Details

CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes – Residential is intended for and attended by architects, landscape architects, designers, builders, installers, consultants, contractors, subcontractors, and service and maintenance professionals — particularly those looking to expand their business into high-end vanishing and slot-edge pools and waterfeatures.

Level: 4 – Senior / Advanced / Applied Theory

CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes – Residential requires the following prerequisite course, or approved equal:

  • CONSTRUCTION 2111: Essential Pool Construction more→

Manual Table of Contents

  • Soil Stabilization
  • Pier & Beam Foundations
  • Basic Gravity Hydraulics
  • Natural Swimming Ponds
  • Ozone, U.V. Sterilization & Advanced Oxidation Processes
  • Control & Automation Systems
  • Advanced Site Work & Forming
  • Advanced Reinforcing Steel
  • Architecturally Integrated Watershapes
  • Dynamic Pool Floors & Covers
  • Acrylic Windows
  • Glass Tile Installation
  • Fire Elements
  • Details — Innovative Aesthetic & Technical Solutions
  • Construction at Difficult Sites
  • Troubleshooting — What to Look For
CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes - Residential

Authorized Faculty

Ben Lasseter, IWI

Ben Lasseter, IWI

As Partner and Director of Construction, Benjamin is responsible for bringing Design Ecology’s designs to life. He oversees all construction projects from planning to completion while managing a skilled team of craftsmen to provide unparalleled attention to detail. After earning his B.S. in Horticulture at Texas A&M Benjamin gained valuable experience working as Assistant Superintendent on one of the nation’s top resort golf courses. He moved on to manage the construction division of a landscape architecture firm for 4 years where he built luxury estate landscapes and pools. Benjamin opened his own landscape design and construction company in early 2009 & joined with Scott Cummings, RLA, ASLA and CB in 2010 to form Design Ecology.

 
Rick Chafey, IWI

Rick Chafey, IWI

Co-Owner — Red Rock Contractors | Red Rock Pools & Spas

Richard T. Chafey is one of the owners and managing members of Red Rock Contractors, Red Rock Pools and Spas and Red Rock Design; one of the Nation’s leading luxury design/build contractors. Red Rock’s mission is to build lasting relationships with customers, subcontractors, vendors, and employees as well as the communities it does business within. Their emphasis on relationships and quality construction is what has fueled their success and growth.

Since 1998 Red Rock Contractors and Red Rock Pools and Spas, has been one of the nation’s leading custom building, pool, water feature and landscape Design Build Contractors. Red Rock has grown and continues to evolve into one of the most dynamic and diverse custom building contractors nationwide; offering their customers a single source solution to all of their luxury design/build needs from commercial building construction to residential landscape design and installation. Our work has graced the pages of countless magazines, newspapers, and has been recognized nationally on the Travel Channel, HGTV, Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel over a dozen times. We were named 2014 Masters of Design by the Pool and Spa News Magazine. We are the recipient of numerous International Awards of Excellence by the Association Pool and Spa Professionals.

Rick attained Master status within the GENESIS 3 Design Group, one of only 17 designers in the world to obtain that level of training in the pool and spa industry. He is a current member of the International Watershape Institute and is on the Leadership Team of Watershape University. Chafey’s and Redrock’s specialties include: Luxury Home Design and Construction; Custom Water Feature Design and Construction; Commercial and Resort Pool Construction; Custom Landscape Design and Construction; and Luxury Residential Pool Design and Construction. We also offer 3D Computer Rendering, Project Management, Construction Consulting, Forensic-Expert Witness Investigation Services.

William T. Drakeley, ACI, IWI

William T. Drakeley, ACI, IWI

President — Drakeley Pool Company

William Drakeley is an award-winning shotcrete technologist specializing in concrete science and construction, particularly shotcrete applications, techniques and standards, with thirty years (+) experience in shotcrete installation, waterfeature and geotech design and construction. Services include consultation and review, training and testing and expert testimony. He’s principal and founder of Drakeley Pool Company, a luxury design and build firm based in New England; and, Drakeley Industries, an international consulting firm focusing on shotcrete applications and techniques, notably providing training for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority underground tunneling projects.

An educator and advocate for high industry standards, Bill has most recently developed and launched Watershape University (WU) with colleague David Peterson, P.E. to provide the highest quality of live instruction of business, design, engineering and construction programs to students of all levels of pool, spa, aquatics and outdoor living sectors. Bill has conducted trainings for the Colorado School of Mines, the American Society of Landscape Architects (CT), World of Concrete, GENESIS 3, Aqua Show, NESPA, and others. His technical writings have been widely published in trade magazines and e-publications.

Free estimates are a thing of the past. You, the professional should be paid for your experience and education, be it classroom or field work. Overcome the fear that charging for design and estimates may lose you the job. Think of your efforts as any other professional, be it Doctor, Lawyer or Accountant, charge for your services!

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize profitability prior to construction.
  • Distinguish from the competition, demonstrate professional design service.
  • Compose a process to warrant charging for design and estimates.
  • Apply in-house psychology to embrace the fee.

Instructor

Michael Nantz, IWI – Principal of Elite Concepts, Inc.

New pool leads are beginning to slow below pre-pandemic levels, while existing pools get older and older. If you want to protect your business volume in 2023 and beyond, consider expanding your marketing and sales efforts into high-end renovations.

Learning Outcomes

  • Position yourself as the preferred contractor for inground pool renovations.
  • Convert classic tile/plaster/coping requests into 5X to 10X larger projects.
  • Safely protect yourself from hidden surprises and liabilities with renovations.
  • Use smart marketing techniques to target your own aging swimming pool installed base, as well as your competitors’.

Instructors

Brett Lloyd Abbott — President & Senior Consultant of MYM Austin Inc.

Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR) is often referred to as “Concrete Cancer”, an affliction that destroys cementitious structures from within by way of a complex set of runaway chemical reactions. Builders who do not understand ASR and fail to take preventative measures become exposed to catastrophic project failures. The good news is that ASR can be reliably prevented by applying basic knowledge and proven methods. This course defines ASR in layman’s terms and covers prevention from both the technical and business perspectives.

Learning Outcomes

  • Define Alkali Silica Reaction (ASR), its basic chemistry and effects on concrete structures.
  • Examine symptoms including cracking and gel formation, and how to identify ASR.
  • Explore preventive measures including admixtures, aggregate selection, and waterproofing.
  • Discuss financial and contracting implications, and how to address ASR from a business standpoint.

Instructor

Paolo Benedetti, IWI – President/CEO — Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa

WU’s Project Profile Track highlights outstanding and unique work presented by the industry’s leading designers and builders.

Learning Outcomes

  • Review high-end residential project profiles.Examine, project conditions, client expectations and design challenges.
  • Describe the collaborative process with clients and other project team members.
  • List design changes, engineering considerations, project limitations, design and detail execution.
  • Discuss completed projects and learning experiences/takeaways.

Instructor

Ben Lasseter, IWI — Partner and Director of Construction — Design Ecology Austin

This is a look at multiple projects using pier and beam foundations to support watershapes on hillsides or poor soils. These projects are not part of Watershape University’s CONSTRUCTION 4112: Essential Advanced Watershapes – Residential course – instead, we take a totally different approach with these project profiles because every project has different considerations, issues to solve, and surprises that will challenge any builder’s expected means and methods.

Learning Outcomes

  • Identify site and programming parameters that demand a need for a pier and beam foundation.
  • Recognize common challenges, solutions and errors that contractors encounter while building with caissons, timber piles, helical piles, auger cast piles, etc.
  • Inspect photos of pier and beam foundations to comprehend the sequence of operation and challenges of working on difficult sites.
  • Judge the cost in time, money and reputation to builders who fail to obtain soils reports and follow best practices when a project should have had a proper foundation.

Instructor

Paolo Benedetti, IWI – President/CEO — Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa

Registration

Registration for all classes is handled through the Southwest Pool & Spa Show website here.