McKinney Pool Builder Wins Industry Design Awards

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McKinney Texas pool builder Southernwind Pools received 8 swimming pool industry design awards at the 2016 Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Regional Design Awards ceremony in San Antonio this year. The awards were accepted by Southernwind pools owner John Versfelt, founder and president of the company.

McKinney Texas pool builder Southernwind Pools received a total of 8 swimming pool industry design awards at the 2016 Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) Regional Design Awards ceremony in San Antonio this year. There were 206 entries in 21 categories submitted by 43 different pool construction companies from throughout the central and southwest United States. Competition was open to more than 1000 pool builders in the eight-state region.

The ceremony took place at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio. The event recognizes and rewards installations of pools and hot tubs which showcase the most beautiful and creative work throughout the south-central United States. The awards were accepted by Southernwind pools owner John Versfelt, founder and president of the company.

Twelve judges from across the nation scored the entries. These judges are APSP members and hold APSP certifications. They only see the pictures and descriptions; the company name is not disclosed.

Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Workmanship - Quality of Craftsmanship
  • Overall Beauty - Aesthetic appeal of the entire project
  • Creativity - Uniqueness of shape, deck, water features, etc and how they blend together
  • Integration - Blending of the entire project with the landscape and general house style.     

The 8 award-winning designs were created by senior design consultant Mike Calonne and sales director Chad Dains, the Southernwind Pools director of sales and design. Dains and Calonne have both won numerous awards over the years at Regional, National and International award competitions.

About Southernwind Pools:
Southernwind Pools is an independent pool contractor that specializes in designing, building and servicing custom pools in the greater Dallas – McKinney – North Texas area. Southernwind Pools has been building award-winning custom pools in the North Texas area since 1983. They’ve received numerous design awards including the prestigious International Gold Design Award from the APSP. In 2009, Aqua Magazine bestowed Southernwind Pools with their “Aqua Choice” award – an award limited to only eleven of the top builders in the country. Southernwind Pools consistently shows up as one of the top 20 pool builders on the DFW “Book of Lists.”

More info at SouthernwindPools.com

About The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals (APSP):
The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, hot tub and recreational water industries with a mission to enhance the business success of members. The over 4,500 member companies of the APSP include manufacturers, distributors, manufacturers' agents, designers, builders, installers, retailers, and service professionals. APSP members adhere to a code of business ethics and share a commitment to public health and safety in the use of pools, spas, and hot tubs.

More info at apsp.org

More about the APSP Region 3 Design Awards Judging Process:
The judging panel is made up of certified building professionals and certified service professionals from across the United States. Judges do not know the names of entrants, as all entries are identified only by number.

Judges look for quality/durability of construction, and how well the shape and style of the installation blends with the surrounding area and architecture. They focus on the aesthetic features of the installation, including landscaping and/or other amenities that enhance the harmony created. Photographically observable factors such as workmanship, soundness of design and safety measures required by existing standards, are also considered. Any entry which does not include the entrant’s affirmation of conformance with applicable ANSI/APSP standards or any applicable mandatory design code of a government having jurisdiction over the installation site, cannot be considered in the judging.

At the judges’ discretion, any number of medal awards (Gold Medal, Silver Medal, Bronze Medal), and/or any number of Awards of Merit may be presented in each category of entry. However, judges do not have to recognize any entries in a category if they deem that no entries merit an award.

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