3VE Announces Champagne Pools & Spas of Sanford FL as a 2010 GAVA Winner

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Three V Enterprises announced Champagne Pools & Spas from Sanford FL as a Silver Award winner for the 2010 GAVA: Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards competition during the annual awards reception held November 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, at Celebrity EVA Longoria’s EVE Nightclub in the prestigious CityCenter.

Produced by Three V Enterprises (3VE), a Las Vegas based corporation, GAVA transcends beyond the traditional water-themed design awards by hosting an integrated world-wide competition open to design professionals of all genres dedicated to influencing and creating thought-provoking solutions.

Champagne Pools & Spas received the Silver Award for the “Oveido Residential Resort” in the category of a Residential Freeform Pool. As described by second-generation owner Michael Manley, “The goal of this project was to create a true ‘vacation in your own backyard’ concept. We loaded the design with crowd-pleasing features such as a large walk-through Grotto, a built-in waterfall and flume / slide, a natural spa and a miniature lazy river. We also built-in fiber-optic lighting and computer-programmable lighted laminar jets, with various "performance sequences" to choose from.” The project also has multiple fire applications, including multiple gas-powered Tiki Torches and a fire-pit. Extensive in-water seating easily accommodates up to 40 people

“One of the biggest challenges was to hide all evidence of traditional pool hardware,” said Manley. You have to look hard to find the pool skimmers (hidden under faux stones), drains, steps, etc. Everything was built to look completely natural.”

All rock work was custom-fabricated on-site using structured concrete. Close inspection reveals great attention to detail throughout, especially in the intricate patterns on each and every faux rock. “If you look closely at the inside of the spa,” says Manley, “you can see the unmistakable half-circle drill patterns that you would see when a rock wall is blasted with dynamite. These telltale marks are completely fabricated, but look convincingly real when you're sitting in the spa.”

The award salutes the innovative spirit of artisans from every segment of the globe, celebrating diverse concepts from varying cultures, environments and philosophical aspects. Forty-eight entries from across the United States, Australia, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, Central America and Portugal received the illustrious GAVA Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and will be included in the full-color, hardbound book published by Schiffer Publishing, International Pools, Spas and Water Environments Edition II, due for release in early Spring 2011. Australian Cameron Leth of Polar Pools earned the coveted book cover with his GOLD winning project, Soldiers Pool.

Presenting Sponsor, Structure Studios bestows the GAVA- Structure Studios Award to artisans who have created exceptional AquaTekture. This category recognizes the compelling power and elegance of designs imagined with Structure Studios’ Instant 3D technology as well as for design innovativeness.

The GAVA Team and 2010 Sponsors; Structure Studios, Zodiac – Jandy Pool Products, Brand, Paramount Pool and Spa Systems and Pebble Technology, Inc. congratulate the winners comprising of architects, contractors, homebuilders, pool builders, artists and landscape architects.

Finalist judges from several disciplines rated entries on atypical designs and innovative applications that surpassed the boundaries of traditional water solutions. 2010 Judges included; Interior Designer, Leslie Gail Parraguirre, President Colours, Inc., Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, 2009 GAVA GOLD winner and Architect, Nick Troubetzkoy, President Nick Troubetzkoy Architect and Planners, Jade Mountain, St. Lucia, Caribbean, and Art Curator, Brenda Harrop, Principle Brenda Harrop Art Consulting and Design, Los Angeles, California, USA.

About Three V Enterprises
Three V Enterprises is a corporation devoted to developing platforms to honor, educate and inspire architects, designers, builders, manufacturers, and developers worldwide. http://www.gavaawards.com

About GAVA
GAVA, recognizes artisans globally who’s visions and creativity exemplify the best in AquaTekture; the discipline of designing, engineering and erecting of water environments and ancillary components, in a harmonious nature with consideration to function, space and aesthetics. The competition is open to professionals from all associations, allowing them to compete in the global market. GAVA acknowledges the most groundbreaking concepts, designs, materials and applications of water-inspired environments from across the globe in commercial, mixed use, hospitality, public use, recreational and residential, in both interior and exterior applications. http://www.gavaawards.com

About Structure Studios®
Structure Studios® is a software development company specializing in 3D visualization with groundbreaking products like Pool Studio®, an innovative computer-based program that allows designers to transform 2D concepts to 3D virtual tours. Pool Studio® transforms an ordinary, flat design into an interactive, photorealistic, 3D environment for consumers to explore: walk around, fly up in the air and view the backyard from any point or angle. With international headquarters based in Las Vegas, Nevada, Structure Studios® spans the globe with thousands of pool builders, designers and salespersons actively using the program in fifteen countries including in the US, Australia, Mexico, and the United Arab Emirates. http://www.structurestudios.com.

About Champagne Pools & Spas
Champagne Pools & Spas is a premier pool builder in the greater Orlando / central Florida area. For 10 years in a row, Champagne Pools has been recognized by Pool & Spa Magazine as one of the “Top 50 pool builders in the United States.” Champagne Pools is a member of the Aquatech Society of Pool Building Professionals, one of only seven such builders in Florida. Winner of more than 60 design and craftsmanship awards, Champagne pools has been serving Central Florida businesses and homeowners since 1978.

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