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Barron Swim School opens state-of-the art facility !

 

So, suppose you are a leader in the Gymnastics industry for 38+ years, and you want to offer a learn-to-swim program for your customers and beyond? What would you do? 

If you are the Barron Family, you would dive in (no pun intended) headfirst, learn from the best in the industry, and build the best possible swim school for your clients. Here is a quick recap of the process, the story, and the results.

Read on.

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The Journey - Knowing what you don't know.

Step 1, assemble a team.

The Barron Family had 38 years of leading edge experience with gymnastics, but quite frankly knew nothing about pools. They said so during our first meeting. But they weren't really starting from scratch, as building a top-flight gymnastics school requires many of the same processes and procedures with staff and customers alike -- so they knew how to build a kid-centric business, but not a pool.

They had high goals, and knew they were starting from the bottom. But Joe and Diane Barron, and their kids Scott and Julie would not take no for an answer.... especially when one swim school owner told them that "they would never make it". Later, pool veteran Jack Young joined the Barrons to help round out a winning team.

They took some quick steps toward success, and adopted a team concept. The team included:

  • Third Level Design, Frank Sahlein, President
    • Versatile business coaches that provide complete feasibility studies, demographic analysis, etc,
    • 3rdLevelConsulting.com
  • SwimConsultant.com Andy Broido, President
    • 35-year Swim School industry veteran in operations, curriculum, teacher training, etc.
    • swimconsultant.com
  • CES, Alvaro Mendoza, President
  • Westport Pools, Jim Bastian, Preisdent
    • Engineering, Pool Construction, on-site service center support for major mechanical components
    • westportpools.com
  • Leading Swim School owners
    • Provided guidance and answered hundreds of questions
    • Miren Oca - Ocaquatics Miami, ocaquatics.com
    • Dave Tonnesen - SwimKids, VA swimkids.us
    • Many others

This type of collaboration gave the Barrons the answers they needed from folks that they trusted, and allowed them to develop a good game plan right out of the gate.

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The process: Hit the Road Jack.

Step 2: Formulate a game plan

It took 3 years.... but the Barron Family paid their dues and did their research. All in all, they visited over 50 swim schools and attended 5 swim professional conferences all over the US and even travelled to Australia. They consulted with their primary consultants above and worked with other experts in the field to develop their facility, curriculum, procedures, class management and teaching techniques. 

Then there were thousands of questions and emails, and as many phone calls and meetings.

The result? The best of the best.

The state of the art facility was designed to teach from 6 months and up, from beginners to swim teams. It was designed to get young children comfortable with the water at an early age, and guide them all the way through to adult life and even competitive swimming. They can take swimming as far as they want to go. But no matter what, they will be safe, and will enjoy and respect the water.

According to the Barrons: "Our end goal for students who complete all of our levels is for them to be able to safely and fully participate in water activities for the rest of their life. They will be able to go on a family vacation and swim in the ocean, to surf or ski, to scuba or snorkel, to join a competitive swim team, or to go to the pool with friends and be able to swim in the deep end and jump off the diving board."

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Step 3: Put on your hard hat

Built for comfort - for the long term

Sure it looks great now, but converting a former grocery store to a top flight swim school was no easy task, and filled with tremendous challenges. Some say that "construction" is a short name for "are you kidding me??", and Scott mentioned that one of the valuable lessons they learned was that (even with a great team) the pool owner NEEDS to be at the construction site on a consistent basis, keeping an eye on the progress, and resolving any issues. This hands-on approach saved the Barrons time and money 

The pool is definitely the focal point of the facility and it looks great. It is fully surrounded by full glass walls that helps keep children and spectators safely off of the deck but fully engaged in the action. The pool area air is a perfect 86-87F with 58% relative humidity, and water is a warm 91F with special care to remove any irritants.

This allows students to be comfortable in and out of the water; and there's no shivering at Barrons Swim School. The 30’x60’ pool is 4’ deep to maximize teaching area, but deep enough that students can swim without touching the bottom.

Similar schools have built great facilities but didn't have the space for creature comforts. The Barrons' oversized locker room was made for families so adults can assist children of any gender at all times. Within the locker room are fully enclosed toilets, showers and changing rooms to protect privacy when needed. The common area has baby changing counters, cubbies for storing clothing and towels, plugs for hairdryers and benches.

There is even a row of on-deck showers between the pool and locker room so students can rinse off after their class while still in their swimsuits. A glass wall protects the parents who want to stay dry when the children get out of the pool.

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Step 4: Provide the best atmosphere for learning

Water and air quality is important for the health and safety of students and teachers. 

Under the hood, there is a lot of substance behind the pretty face.

The perfect pool environment, pleasing to the kids and parents alike, was no accident. The perfect pool air environment and temperature is the result of a state of the art dehumidification system - literally the size of a freight train -- which was a major investment in the facility, but an easy decision according to Joe.

The crystal clear irritant free water was no accident as the CES permanent media drinking water-grade filtration system completely processes ALL of the pool water every 90-min so that patrons, teachers, and guests are always swimming in perfectly pure fresh water. The system has some redundancy to plan for any eventuality, and backwashes in only 3 minutes with a simple throw of a lever, so there is little down time.

The Barrons chose a traditional Pulsar tablet chlorinations system -- but you hardly know it is there, as there are no offensive chlorine odors, and they are protecting both facility and bathers with perfect water balance of calcium, alkalinity, and pH. 

The pool is equipped with a high-power UV system that not only kills germs, but provides drinking quality water helps remove eye and skin irritation. This system is validated by the EPA to inactivate 99.9% of Cryptosporidium in a single pass, another way to help ensure the safety of bathers and teachers alike.

The CES control system takes direct control of all major parameters, and monitors all vital signs.

  • It monitors and controls Chlorine, ORP, and pH to precise levels to avoid irritation.
  • It monitors the filter system and alerts operators as to the perfect time to backwash
  • It monitors and controls the circulation pump to assure rapid turnover, while saving energy
  • It maintains water level and counts how much water is being used, to save valuable resources
  • It monitors all chemistry and water quality mechanical parameters and instantaneously alerts the team if any parameter falls outside an ideal level.

The pool is monitored 24/7 by CES and the Barrons, both from our PC's, but also from our smart phones and tablets. In case of an out of range condition. the system literally blows up phones with texts and emails until the issue is corrected -- well before it even becomes an issue.

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Conclusion

Sure, the Barrons were told they would "never make it", but we knew all knew differently. While the fun formally began when Joe called and said "let's do this thing", the preparation extended years before.

This degree of preparation, not only detailed above, even included them renting a pool many months in advance to fully train their instructors and fine tune their swimming curriculum before opening the doors. Sure that was an added expense, but a no-brainer for the Barrons.

The Barrons learned on the fly but they are pool novices no more. Diane and Julie were both invited to speak at the 2016 United States Swim School Association (USSSA) national swim conference and were able to share and teach other swim experts about staff hiring and training as well as office procedures and customer service. 

They have been open for a few months now, and are rapidly gaining a following, and are on a collision course with great success. If you're ever in St. Louis, make sure you take a look for yourself.

According  to the Roman philosopher Seneca, "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity", and you can bet on the Barrons being lucky for years to come.

It couldn't happen to a nicer family.

CES Customers Share Energy-Saving Success Stories !

 

Many CES customers took significant steps to modernize their facilities in 2016, and worked closely with their CES team to assure that their new systems would provide a step forward. Instead of a "like for like" replacement of a mechanical item, many found it better to upgrade to newer technologies -- often providing great savings.

The most dramatic savings seemed to come from three major categories:

  • Electrical savings via taking direct control of GPM Filtration Rates
  • Chemical savings from on-site manufacturing of chemicals
  • Water savings from monitoring and controlling new "fill" water introduction

Here's a recap of a few of the success stories, directly from the customers that planned and executed the modernizations, along with a couple of observations and tricks that we jointly learned along the way.  

Hope it helps.

Customer Energy-Saving Success Stories

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Villages of Palm Beach Lakes, Shiloh Pool
Ron Wise, Executive Director
Updated Chemistry Controls, Saline Conversion, Direct Control of GPM 

  • Electrical Savings: $700/month
  • Chlorine Savings: 100% of chlorine provided by saline system

A CES customer since 1991, Ron Wise worked to upgrade these popular facilities and make them more efficient and easier to operate. The BECSys5 Controller and CES Motor Controls with VFD (MCC-VFD) automatically maintain precise DOH flow 24/7 by simply dialing in the desired flow rate. When his filters are clean, the system operates at 27% of normal power (wow), and the 25-lb ChlorKing Saline system is providing 100% of the facility chlorination needs. To promote the affordability of the conversion, Ron opted for a 3-year "self-funding" program instead of dipping into his maintenance funds, and the system is paying its own way out of savings. Ron was not aware that his twin 7.5 HP circulating pumps used to cost so much to operate until the conversion, and he's looking forward to tackling their other neighborhood 15HP pool pump next. The residents are very happy, and love the silky saline water feel. Ron worked closely with his board of directors to promote the affordability of the modernizations and planned a few years ahead, so it went very smoothly.

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Waterford Lakes, Orlando, Clubhouse Pool
Ken Zook, General Manager
DE to Sand Filter Upgrade, Interactive Chemistry Controls, Saline Conversion, Direct Control of GPM

  • Electrical Savings: 25-30% since the installation
  • Chemical Savings: "Virtually NO chemical costs"
  • Labor Savings: Labor to clean the pool decreased by 60%

Ken's team used to struggle with hand-to-hand combat on their previous DE filters for 4-hours, several times a week, but they now throw a backwash lever for 3-minutes a every 2-4 weeks. This helped save them 60% of their labor costs. They also used to lug jugs of chemicals and fiddle with chemical feeders, but the saline system has taken nearly 100% control of all in-house chemical production. The single 25-lb ChlorKing saline replaced a previous more residential-grade saline system (with a bunch of cells), but that didn't contribute much per the staff. This is the real thing, they say. Ken and his staff are constantly in contact with their pool via their PC, smart phones, and tablets, and receive instant alerts of any out of range conditions, allowing them to resolve the issue before it ever becomes one. Ken and the board used a very innovated approach to evaluate the alternatives, a very thorough job of researching the economics of the modernization and it led them to the team of CES (equipment & monitoring), Aquaworx (pre-plumbed packs), and expert construction by TC Water Features. Read more about this modernization.

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San Jose Country Club, Jacksonville
Chase Chenoweth, Director of Fitness & Aquatics
Interactive Chemistry Controls, Direct Control of GPM

  • Pumps savings: 30% (peak) 70% off peak
  • Electrical Savings: 13% over the entire fitness facility

Chase keeps very close tabs on his 243,000 outdoor pool, equipped with an earlier CES Hi-Rate sand filtration system and a 15 HP motor. San Jose CC has a thriving energy conservation program, and Chase wanted to contribute by trimming costs in his area without trimming amenities for patrons. They opted to take control over the entire equipment area with a BECSys5 with MCC-VFD and taking direct control of GPM. They kept meticulous bills, and even though the filtration system was not "overbuilt by much", the savings have been dramatic. Chase reports the during operational hours he dialed-in flow rate leading to a 30% reduction in pumping costs, and "off peak" he dialed in a DOH-approved flow rate which yields a 70% savings in normal pumping costs. He uses a detailed spreadsheet to show an overall "pool/fitness center" electrical savings of 13% (over the entire facility) which is very impressive as the air conditioning costs, number of days billed, and cost of power all increased significantly during the same time period. This is possible in part because the MCC-VFD reduces "demand charges" which in turn provides a lower cost of electricity applied to the entire organization. He used this very unique approach to get the system approved, and "advocates the installation of a MCC-VFD to all his peers".

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Century Village, Pembroke Pines, West Palm Beach, Boca Raton
Dan Cruz, Regional Maintenance Director
Interactive Chemistry Controls, Direct Control of GPM, Digital Water Level Control & Consumption Monitoring

  • Electrical Savings: Most Pumps are operating between 27-48% of normal power
  • Water Savings: Immediately discovered and repaired several large pool leaks.
  • Labor Savings: Developed top flight pool operation while reducing staffing requirements
  • Chemical Savings: Upgrade to all-in-one Pulsar has trimmed overall chemical costs

A pioneering and highly publicized energy modernization, promoted in FCAP condominium industry journal article, was conducted by the forward thinking Cenville management company and progressive property Vice Presidents and Board of Directors in 3 different properties over the past few years. Electrical consumption has been reduced to as low as 27% of normal power with clean filters, water level is automatically maintained to precise levels, and water consumption is monitored. A flat screen in the maintenance office continually monitors and displays all parameters and alarms in real time, and staff is alerted of any out-of-range conditions via text & email alerts, so they can immediately handle. A while ago the staff was instantly alerted to a large and sudden pool leak that according to them: "would have cost them many thousands of dollars on a future water bill", and immediately corrected the situation. The all-in-one Pulsar chemical conversion helped reduce chemical handling and liability of large storage tanks, and has also helped streamline the chemical handling and operations.

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Other Customer Success Stories:

  • Phantom Energy Usage with large pump: 
    • This is a head scratcher, but a South Florida municipal pool installed a large 40HP MCC-VFD in tandem with a BECSys7 (which also automatically backwashed their sand filter-saving them about 16 labor hours a month). When starting up the MCC-VFD we noticed that the pump motor had a "nuance" and had been "over-amping" by 40 AMPS over it's rated load (probably for years). The facility electric bills were immediately reduced by well over $1,200 a month (which is way more than we had anticipated) but now it makes sense. Using industry-accepted electric calculations, we found that the "over amping" alone was costing them about $700 a month, and no one would have ever caught it without the continual AMP and kW display on the CES MCC-VFD. In only 5 years, this would have cost the municipality over $42,000 in unnecessary electric bills.
  • The Leak that Never Was:
    • A recent West Florida municipal modernization included a large 1,000 GPM DE to Sand filter upgrade, and a CES BECSys5 control system and MCC-VFD with water level control & consumption monitoring, along with direct control of the pool pump. They experienced the same savings detailed with the CES customers above, but something wasn't right. They had problems keeping chemicals in the pool, and complained. It looked like a leak to us, but were told that "we don't have a leak, period". Since the IT department wasn't planned to hook up communications for months, CES provided a PCD (Precision Communication Device) and implemented remote control, electronic log keeping, and alert notification that same day. The CES water meter sent an alarm that details the facility was going through 10,000 gallons a DAY !! or was getting a new 300,000 gallon pool every month. A leak detection company was called, and they repaired the leak for $1,200. Yikes.

Conclusion

CES Customers work hard at continually improving their facilities, and it's great to see them get accolades from their peers, boards of directors, industry magazines, and patrons for a job well done. Together we have competed thousands of highly successful DE to sand filtration systems, controls and saline conversions, heating and pool cover conversions, and more. Heck, we've even make Chlorine out of recycled pool water together. By talking with their peers and researching previous modernizations it has given customers the CONFIDENCE to promote these energy modernizations within their organizations WITHOUT RISK of failing. 

By using innovative "self-funding" plans, they can provide a (sometimes badly needed) upgrade to the mechanical package and let the power company, the gas company, and the water company pay for it. 

But, not every modernization works out as planned as the pool industry still has WAY TOO MANY failed residential-grade saline installations, bogus electrical savings that never occur for multiple reasons, and control system installation that promise the world but never deliver.... but it is good to know that this will NOT happen with our customers, and NOT on our watch.

Please join us in congratulating the customers above for a job well done, and we look forward to assisting in your long term modernization plans for years to come.

Waterford Lakes New Pool Renovation a "home run" !

 

One look at Orlando's Waterford Lakes Community Association website says it all. It is clean, modern, organized, and provides timely information on past, present and future happenings... dating back to their incorporation in 1985.  

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Waterford Lakes carried the same theme into the recent pool treatment renovation: clean, progressive, and organized, and it has vaulted the organization to one of the most modern, energy efficient operations in the state.

Before:

Is wasn't always that way. Waterford Lakes used to rely on the original Vacuum DE filtration system. Since the 108,000 gallon pool services 800 living units, the filtration system was originally upsized to handle 600 GPM or 3-hour turnover. To accomplish this the number of DE grids were doubled. The filters had to be cleaned manually several times a week under peak loads (sometimes more often) taking as long as 4-hours per cleaning. The filter grids requiring the use of temporary DE powder on each filter cleaning, along with the cumbersome DE removal and disposal process. The chemistry, although carefully scrutinized, suffered from the unavoidable peaks and valleys normally experienced with changing bathing loads, weather conditions, etc.

They had a smaller 6-lb per day saline system that was overmatched, and had to add countless bags of salt by hand, a thankless job. The chemistry controller was not fully trustworthy, handled only chemistry, and was not equipped with communications, log keeping or alert notification programs.

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After:

In 2015, that all changed. During the renovation of their clubhouse, Ken Zook of Waterford Lakes called on Tony Caruso of TC Water Features of Orlando to find a better solution. Tony teamed up with Chris Secue from CES and Alex Fletcher from AquaWorx (a leading filter pack manufacturer) to provide a pre-plumbed modernization that would handle Waterford Lakes's needs for many years to come. The board of directors did their research, checked many references, and scheduled a public question and answer session to closely address every possible aspect of the investment. 

The new Green Modernization included:

Saline Chlorination System: The team installed a ChlorKing 25lb saline system (4-times larger than the original) designed to provide a majority of the annual chlorination needs. The system came equipped with automatic salinity control that keeps the salinity level in the pool at a perfect 5,000 PPM, without having to manually test and add/dissolve salt in the pool. The consistent salinity level perfects the "silky feel" of the pool water, while assuring maximum chlorine production.

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All-in-one Redundant feeder: A Pulsar 140 is seamlessly integrated to provide redundant chlorination in the event that the pool usage or weather exceeds saline system capability. The Pulsar System is a dry tablet that retains if full strength for up to 2 years, and provides Chlorine, Calcium, Bicarbonate, and supplemental stain prevention, while utilizing 1/10th the pH correction of a bleach system. It's a perfect complement to the dominant saline system.

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Permanent Media Filtration System: The CES two-tank permanent media filtration system replaced the DE grid system, and provides crystal clear pool water without all the manual cleaning and DE powder handling and disposal. The periodic backwash is handled by throwing a single lever (some call it the one-armed bandit) for 2-3 minutes for each tank. Water consumption is held at bare minimum and thought to be less than before. The maintenance staff has freed up considerable labor hours instead of doing hand to hand combat with some silly grid filter in the hot sun. 

CES Motor Control Center with integrated VFD and energy efficient pumping system: This device connects to the BECSys5 and provides precise direct control of 600 GPM DOH flow rate, while continually minimizing electrical power. It is equipped with phase protection, power conditioning, and a safety bypass to minimize any potential down time. Clean filter electric consumption can be as low a 30% of normal power, thus providing a quick payback from electrical rates and demand charges. A new 3-phase self priming pump prevents time-wasting re-priming, and the oversized basket saves time cleaning the strainer.

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CES Equipment Room Control system: As the centralized controls for the modernization, a BECSys5 system was installed to control the saline system, the pH feeder, the redundant feeder, and take direct control of the pool pump operations while monitoring pool temperature and filter cleanliness. It is equipped with 24/7 digital record keeping to provide the safest pool environment for patrons and guests, and the remote control and alert notification system texts and emails the operations staff (in proper order) in the event that any parameter falls outside of the desire range.

Monitoring flat screen TV. Talk about confidence and communications.... all of the vital signs of the pool including Chlorine, ORP, pH, Temperature, Flow, Pressure, Vacuum, etc. are continually displayed on a flat screen TV.... in the clubhouse ! 

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What about the feedback?

  • Needless to say, the maintenance staff was reported to be "giddy" about the modernization. You would be too !
  • Ken's recent note to CES he mentioned: "... thanks Chris for everything, and Waterford and I are very happy with our products and support. Glad you are part of the team!"
  • An undisclosed operations manager told our team that "...it was the best thing we're ever done (in 30 years)"
  • The finance manager has to be happy as the conversion is substantially self-funding via from savings in electricity, labor, water and DE powder and savings, and from savings from making their own Chlorine on site.

Conclusion:

Waterford Lakes has once again demonstrated that it is very possible to completely modernize an aquatic treatment mechanical package by picking the right team, doing their homework, and following the project through from start to finish. Congratulations go Ken and Waterford Lakes for taking a leadership position in the industry, for Going Green and saving power, water, chemicals, and labor, and for making a commitment to provide their patrons and guests with the safest most appealing water possible.

Also kudos to Tony Caruso and AquaWorx for a fantastic installation, and to the entire Waterford Lakes team for being a dream to work with.

But then again, what do you expect from an association with a 30-year history of a clean, modern, and communicative operations led by forward thinking managers......

The Breakers - Palm Beach achieves 5-Star Q5™ Status for 6th straight year.

 

How can you know if your crystal blue pool is actually safe?

How do you know if it will be safe a few hours, or a few days from now?

How does a manager tell whether the mechanical systems are adequate or are being properly maintained ?

Well, the Department of Health (DOH) provides a "minimum" standard. Is that enough?

Not really. In 2007 CES developed a patent pending Aquatic Facility Rating program known as The Q5™ Water Quality Standard (read more below). By mid 2010 The Breakers - Palm Beach became the FIRST Five-Star pool operation in Florida.

Now we are proud to announce that The Breakers has achieved this ultimate rating for the SIXTH straight year. Phenomenal !

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About Q5™:

The Q5™ Rating System is the most comprehensive aquatic rating system “scorecard” available to an organization, and is much more indicative of overall facility safety, water quality, and repeatable performance than any other possible DOH health code or rating method. (note: a DOH-compliant pool can rate as low as a 2.5-3-Star Facility)

The Q5™ program looks at the major categories of a pool operation: Safety & DOH Code Compliance, Mechanical Systems, Physical & Aesthetic Appeal, Oxidation & Water Quality, and Operations & Management, and assigns points for consistently maintaining critical treatment levels or processes. The entire Q5™ program is designed to help promote repeatability of performance and low down time. Traditional Hotel rating systems (5-Star, 5-Diamond, etc.) don't become very immersed in aquatic facility operational details, so it is possible for a 5-Star hotel to have a 2-star pool, or vice versa. We see it all the time.

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About The Breakers:

The Breakers is one of the world’s legendary oceanfront resort destinations. Originally built in 1896 by Henry Flagler, it was completely rebuilt in 1926 continuing with Flagler’s vision of making it the world’s finest resort. Situated on 140 acres on the beautiful island of Palm Beach, the proximity to the Gulfstream’s ocean breezes helps set the stage for this 540-room masterpiece. The Italian Renaissance architecture, complete with hand painted ceilings in the 200’ long main lobby and adjacent public areas, help give the entire resort a magical feel.

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About the Pools:

The Breakers provides an outstanding aquatic experience for a wide variety of guests with 9 bodies of water designed to appeal to the entire family. The traditional 94,000-gallon main pool is a perfect gathering place for the entire family. The nearby 58,000-gallon lap pool provides the perfect setting for those seeking an uninterrupted workout. The 78,000-gallon activity pool, complete with zero-depth entry, provides a great place for kids to be kids. At the far south end of the resort, away from it all, the 68,000-gallon Relaxation Pool provides a private oasis in a tranquil setting. There is a wading pool for the toddlers, and four spas spread throughout the three distinct pool areas. As different as the pools are, they all receive the same quality care and attention to detail.

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Looking under the hood:

CES has been working with the Breakers since the mid-1980s and has been helping provide and maintain state-of-the-art filtration and chemical treatment packages. All pools use CES fully-automatic permanent-media hi-rate filters to maintain crystal clear water no matter how popular the pools become. That would be good enough for most, but The Breakers upgraded these filters to achieve EPA-approved drinking water standards. The clarity is spectacular, but the turbidity can be monitored to alert the operators, if conditions were to change for any reason. The chemistry control systems not only monitor and maintain perfect chlorine and pH levels, but they also monitor the pool filtration rate and water temperature. The system will automatically alert the operators and CS technicians via email and text messages if ANY parameter falls outside of the desired range, so that they can quickly respond and assure maximum quality for guests of The Breakers. The controllers also continually transmit information on all the “vital signs” to the hotel “engine room”, which is monitored 24/7 to help keep all of the hotel’s mechanical systems in perfect sync. This process allows all potential issues to be resolved before they actually turn into issues.

Quality goes beyond good equipment:

From experience, we can tell you that there are many Two-Star facilities that have good equipment, but lack the commitment and attention to detail required to establish and maintain a Q5™ Five-Star rating. 

The Breakers uses both good equipment and good techniques, and terrific effort to attain the Q5™ Five-Star rating. The Breakers’ facilities staff is AFO-certified, and trained in the maintenance of all the various systems. Some organizations wait for something to break before addressing a maintenance issue, but the Breakers staff anticipate problems and act decisively if any equipment is not functioning to their satisfaction. The Breakers stocks spare parts for all major equipment so their down time is minimized. They test with digital photometer test kits to remove any operator interpretation. There is a special attention to the facility aesthetics, and the pools are modernized before they fall into disrepair. The pool water is tested many times a day to assure quality, and balanced to both the Langlier and Ryznar Indexes.

As proficient as they are, The Breakers team also realizes that two eyes are better than one, and for years have contracted with CES for twice a month Q5™ audits that provide a 50-point check of all major mechanical and code compliance items. CES is also contracted to provide comprehensive PM services on all major equipment so that The Breakers staff can concentrate on keeping their guests happy.

Continuing Improvement & Green Initiatives:

The Breakers does not rest on its laurels, and has always operated on a “continuing improvement” basis. Many years ago they converted all pools and spas to LED lighting. The pool heating systems utilize high-efficiency boiler / heat exchange technology. There are several other projects on the drawing board to implement additional green technologies, while helping promote more repeatable results for the guests. As part of the Q5™ program, CES will periodically work with the resort’s facilities staff and team members who oversee the property’s green initiatives to discuss emerging technologies and new opportunities for further enhancing or streamlining operations. Short, Mid, and Long-Term goals are evaluated and some ideas are put into budgeting and production schedules.

Formula for Success:

The Breakers does not overspend on its pools; they spend responsibly. They also realize that there is no “magic pill” to make the pool better, and it (like all worthwhile things) takes work. They understand that there might be easier ways to take care of their pools, but none that will give them better direct control over the quality of their guest experience.

Some resorts don’t want the “hassle” of running their pools and pay a pool service or outside vendor to “deal with it” -- but we can tell you from personal observation and 33 years of experience, that a disengaged owner equals a deficient pool operation and unhappy guests.

The Breakers is completely engaged in its pool operations, and with proper equipment, good internal discipline / techniques, and a little help from CES, the resort operates its pools at a very high quality level, with a reasonably streamlined staff, and with a relatively economical budget in comparison to less efficient resorts.

Congratulations to The Breakers on being a SIX TIME Q5™ Five-Star pool operation. The Breakers is a class act, and its team works hard at doing the right thing every day. This privately-held hotel sets the bar for the rest of the hospitality industry, and should be proud of what they have accomplished. Knowing them, they are probably already looking for ways to get their Sixth (Star).

Please contact your CES representative for more information on the Q5™ Water Quality Standard, how it operates, and how it can be integrated into your pool operation quickly, easily, and affordably.

For the Breakers and others, it is a complete validation of their current level of excellence, and a comprehensive road map for their long term success.

City of Miami's Gibson Park wins LEED award for Energy Efficient Design !

 

Many municipalities strive to promote green technologies and conservation of natural resources, but only some actually get to the finish line. The City of Miami has been promoting energy conservation for years, and finally got the recognition that they deserve in a great new project at Gibson Park.

We are proud to announce that City of Miami Gibson Park was selected as the Most Outstanding LEED Public New Construction (NC) Project in South Florida.

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About LEED

What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a well established international green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. To receive LEED certification, building projects satisfy prerequisites and earn points to achieve different levels of certification (Certified, Silver, Gold, or Platinum). Prerequisites and credits differ for each level of the rating system, and applicants can choose the best fit for each individual project.

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About Gibson Park

Situated on 14 acres of publicly owned land, Gibson Park is located at 13th Street and NW Third Avenue — once considered Overtown’s “main street.”

The project includes a wide variety of amenities including an athletic field, bleacher seating, pre-engineered covered stadium with press box area, dugout, fencing, scoreboard, sports lighting and Health Beat Vita Course fitness course.

It also includes a 6,491-square-foot recreational building, Myrtha stainless steel recreational pool with learn-to-swim area and tot pool, 2,500-square-foot playground and an open-play area, site amenities and a bandstand pavilion.

The recreational building houses the administrative office, lifeguard and health rooms, ticket office, kitchenette, restrooms/lockers, exercise, weight and storage rooms, laundry, reception and lobby areas.

About the Design & Construction Team

Many times, its all about the teamwork. The Gibson Park project is no different, and boasts a great team. The facility was built by Recreation Design and Construction (RDC) of Oakland Park. RDC has a long track record for highly successful municipal projects in the southeast US. CES has been fortunate to work with RDC for nearly 20 years -- collaborating on many award-winning projects for Broward County Parks, Jacobs Aquatic Center, City of Coral Springs, City of Plantation, City of Sunrise, Walt Disney World, and many more. From demolition to completion, RDC made recommendations that helped the project achieve the highest possible LEED certification level, finally achieving a “Gold” certification from the Green Building Certification Institute.

The pool (with learn to swim area) and interactive water feature (tot pool) were engineered and designed by Aquadynamics Design Group of Miami. John Wahler headed up a talented team that provided an affordable and durable design that operates at a fraction of the cost of a traditional swimming pool. Aquadynamics has a rich history of highly successful municipal and commercial projects and their knowledge, experience, and attention to detail were an important component of the overall success of the project.

CES was proud to work as a part of this team, and provided the mechanical equipment, technical support, and long term on-site training and warranty administration to maintain this great facility for years to come.

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Green Technologies at Gibson Park

  • Permanent Media water saving filters - Horizontal Nemato Filters are thoroughly backwashed and fully cleansed in only 2.5 minutes, and use a fraction of the water of traditional sand filters. Being permanent media, they introduce no foreign materials (DE, Perlites, etc.) to the environment, and the media will last a lifetime, thus conserving natural resources.
  • Energy-Saving Pumping Systems - A combination of High Efficiency pool pumps and motors and CES MCC-VFD technology operate the pool at a fraction of normal pumping costs. CES's patented direct control of GPM helps maintain precise flow rates required by DOH, and promote maximum savings 24/7 depending on filter soiling, etc. Off peak energy reduction provide can power consumption equal to 12.5% of normal power.
  • Precise water level control - Special digital-laser sensors help maintain perfect control of water level for proper skimming while minimizing consumption of water.
  • Total Control of pool operation -  The advanced CES BECSys5 system provides pinpoint control of water chemistry, pool temperature, water level, bleach and Co2 feed systems, and much more. The system can be monitored from any equipped PC, tablet, or smart phone, and provides automated 24/7 log keeping, remote monitoring and control of any selected parameter, and alert notification of any out-of-range reading.
  • High efficiency heating system - CES provided Lochinvar LoNOX heaters that at 89% efficient and provide some of the lowest gas consumption of any heaters in the industry. The proven design is as durable as it is efficient. 
  • Insulated Pool Cover System - CES's T-Star/MacBall Pool Cover and winder system reduces heating loads by over 66% over non-covered pools, while reducing evaporation by 90%. These covers have a 30-year track record for performance in the harsh Florida marketplace.

It all about Aquatics at Gibson Park !

The City of Miami staff does a great job in providing a wide variety of Aquatic programs for the local patrons. The versatile facility maintains an aggressive programming schedule that provides something for the entire family. Want to take a closer look? Feel free to enjoy Gibson Park amenities with the following posted schedule.

Public Swim: Mon.-Fri. Programming Only │Sat.12pm-5pm │ Sun. Pool Closed
Swim Lessons: M/W or T/TH 5pm & 6pm
Lap Swimming: Mon.-Fri.4pm-7pm │Sat.12pm-5pm │Sun. Pool Closed
Water Aerobics: Mon.-Fri. 6pm
Swim Team: Mon.-Fri. 5-6:30pm

Congratulations to the development team and the City of Miami.

Join us in congratulating RDC, Aquadynamics, and the entire City of Miami staff in the design, construction and operation of a state-of-the-art, attractive, affordable, and versatile facility that will be enjoyed by proud City of Miami patrons for many years to come.

New CES customers growl about water quality improvements!

 

We always appreciate kind words and approval for our technologies and hard work, and can take criticism if we mess up. Recently we were very happy when one of our newest customers GROWLED at (approval of) their new system.

Meet Lewis, of the Black Bear team of Lewis and Clark at the Palm Beach Zoo. If you haven't been to the Zoo, it is an awesome place, with a rich history, a diverse set of attractions, and a progressive and caring staff.

A real trifecta.

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Months ago, General Curator Jan Steele of the Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches, and Nancy Nill, Associate Curator, contacted CES to upgrade their water features to the newest technologies. It turns out they are very keen on keeping their facilities as up to date as possible.

With the use of chlorine totally out of the picture, CES designed and installed a state of the art non-chlorine treatment package consisting of a energy efficient pumping and filtration system, ultra high output ozone treatment package with ample contact tanks and degassing systems, special drinking water-grade filtration systems, and a CES Precision Control System to protect Lewis and Clark from over treatment from the Ozone system. Special care was given to providing adequate contact time of the ozone to assure that all organics and organisms were adequately zapped, thus providing the safest environment for the large furry patrons.

While the pool was very well maintained beforehand by all standards, the improvements were dramatic.            Check it out !

BEFORE                                                           AFTER

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The proof? According to the Jan and Nancy, Black Bears don't normally like to sit in the water. But since the modernization, they have been commonly found sitting in the shallow end "hanging out". Wow, what a reference!

As a 2nd vote of confidence, an unofficial survey found that there was an increase in the amount of buzzards at the Bears exhibit than any other feature in the Zoo, so you might say that we have a "claws up" approval from that group as well. 

Why mess with success.

With a successful Bears modernization in place, the Zoo leaders turned their attention to the Otters and Jaguar exhibits, and have encountered great success. They implemented similar equipment packages that were adjusted to the size of the features and provide great water quality without the use of any chemicals. The response from the furry creatures has been fantastic, with the Otter chirping, purring and gurgling to show approval.

Happiness in crystal clear water !             Treatment package in action !

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More to do at the Zoo

The furry customers aren't the only ones having fun in the water. The PB Zoo also boasts a terrific interactive water feature that has become a popular spot for kids of all ages. Located near the entrance, the fountain provides a great place for parents to relax and watch their kids frolic in the dancing water jets. A perfect remedy for a hot summer day. The Zoo takes great pride in providing safe and appealing water for the kids, and years ago they invested in a fully automated CES control system with Pulsar feeder and drinking water-grade filtration system. 

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Behind the scenes.

The Zoo staff does a great job controlling and maintaining their features, and you can tell that they take great pride in making both two-legged and four-legged customers happy. With the heavy organic loading from the lush tropical environment, and the heavy loading from the animals and kids, these exhibits require more care and are tougher to operate that a normal condominium pool, but, the staff has always been up to the task. They have been very appreciative that the new systems are much easier to operate and give them such great results, but it would not happen without their hard work.

What's next:

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is currently in development of a Tiger Valley Breeding and Conservation Center, an expansion of the current Malayan tiger exhibit with the "Henry and Charlotte Kimelman Tiger Falls Habitat." The expansion will increase the square footage of the current 10,000 square foot tiger exhibit as well as double the size of the tiger night house. It looks great! Keep an eye out for the opening date as you will want to see it first hand.

About the PB Zoo

The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is a non-profit zoological organization located at Dreher Park in West Palm Beach. The Zoo houses more than 700 animals within 23-acres of lush tropical habitat. The Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society is a member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums. 

History of the Palm Beach Zoo

The Palm Beach Zoo had its beginnings in the 1950s when Paul Dreher, Parks Director for the City of West Palm Beach, developed a lush botanical garden in what was then known as Bacon Park (Purchased for $100). Dreher decided to add a “barnyard petting zoo” for the children of the community. Using just $18 of his own money, he opened his zoo with two ducks, a couple of chickens, a goose, and a goat. The collection was located on just one and one-half acres, and became known as the Dreher Park Zoo. The attraction soon became a favorite place for families and the collection grew to include many more animals. In 1969, a group of committed citizens created the non-profit Zoological Society of the Palm Beaches and assumed responsibility for operating the Zoo.

Congratulations:

Please join us in congratulating Jan, Nancy, and the staff of the PB Zoo on a tremendous job in caring for these animals and providing a clean and attractive venue for animal lovers of all ages.

If you haven't been there recently, you should plan on going as the Palm Beach Zoo is awesome !

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