APSP Announces 2012 International Awards of Excellence Winners

photo of Kevin Kraft Gold-Winning vanishing edge pool
Kevin Kraft won Gold in the Pools with a Vanishing Edge (601 sq. ft. or more) category. It was designed for a $10 million home.

photo of Nikolaus Bradley Adams Gold-Winning residential interior pool

Nikolaus Bradley Adams of Frisco, Texas won Gold in the Residential Interior Pools category. Adams sought a thoroughly Greek-inspired pool facility with contemporary rectilinear components and Greek-Roman architectural elements. The ceiling uss LED lighting to create a mythological constellation.

photo of Naturescapes Inc. Gold-Winning concrete spa

David Barthel of Naturescapes Inc. won Gold in the Concrete Spas category with this multilevel waterfall and spa. The 6-person spa features multiple jets and LED lights, yet harmonizes with the natural setting thanks to large sandstone boulders covered with moss lichens.

photo of Xavier Alvarez Gold-Winning freeform pool

Xavier Alvarez took home Gold in the Freeform category with this project. Located on top of a mountain in San Jose del Cabo, the view to the ocean and the bay is almost 180 degrees.

For the 42nd year in a row, The Association of Pool & Spa Professionals honored the world’s premier pools, spas, hot tubs and water features at the International Awards of Excellence (AOE) program and reception on November 5 at Generations Hall in New Orleans.

Corporate sponsors of the event included Latham Pool Products Inc., S.R. Smith, CNA Insurance, Hayward, Sundance Spas/Jacuzzi Hot Tubs and Lonza. Hundreds of installations were entered in the 2012 APSP International Awards of Excellence competition. During the ceremony, fifty-two builder-companies were announced as award recipients. There were 34 categories represented in total including six categories outside of the US and Canada.

“The winning installations demonstrate the beauty, desirability and fun of water in people’s lives, and we’re proud our members are reflecting success through this recognition,” said APSP President and CEO Bill Weber. 

“Consumers looking for inspiration as they consider their own backyard escape will be able to view this year’s winners and even past recipients’ installations on the new APSP.org site coming in January,” added Weber.

The Gold Winners at the Awards of Excellence include: (Listed in alphabetical order, followed by category, builder and location)

AquaTerra Outdoor Environments, Residential Interior Pools, Nikolaus Bradley Adams, Frisco, TX
B&B Pool and Spa Center, Swim Spas, Craig Bagin, Chestnut Ridge, NY
Blue Stone Pools, Traditional, Grant Osborne, Perth, Western Australia
Bradford Products, Therapy Pools,Gregory Mason, Wilmington, NC
Cascade Custom Pools, Classic Residential Pools, Jason Ellis, Austin,TX
Caviness Landscape Design, Natural Material, Kelly Caviness, Edmond, OK
Caviness Landscape Design, Spas Built in Conjunction with Swimming Pools, Kelly Caviness, Edmond, OK
Claffey Pools, Natural Setting, Brian Claffey, Souhlake, TX
Covertech LLC., Residential Pools with Automatic Covers, Torsten Heincke, Southampton, NY
Distinctive Pools, Inc., Traditional - 600 sq. ft. or more, Mary M Murphy, Lewisville, TX
Geoscape, Freeform - 600 sq. ft. or more, John Max Shippy, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
MAXA Dise Construccion,Freeform,Xavier Alvarez,San Jose del Cabo,Baja California Sur
Naturescapes, Inc., Exterior/Interior Portable Hot Tubs, David Barthel, Overland Park, KS
Naturescapes, Inc., Concrete Spas, David Barthel, Overland Park, KS
Neptune Pools, Inc., Freeform - 600 sq. ft. or less, Evan Horning, Sugar Hill, GA
Ozzie Kraft Ent. Inc., Pools with a Vanishing Edge - 601 sq. ft. or more, Kevin Kraft, Las Vegas, NV
Patio Pools & Spas, Recreation/Leisure Pools, Cheryl La Plant, Tucson, AZ
Pool Doctor, DBA Paul Como Swimming Pools, Inc., Freeform, Paul Como, East Northport, NY
Pool Environments, Traditional - 600 sq. ft. or less, Michelle Sparks, Plano,TX,
Pool Environments, Technical/Engineering Achievement, Michelle Sparks, Plano,TX,
Spring Creek Outdoor Living, Inc., Pools with a Vanishing Edge - 601 sq. ft. or more, Eddie Erdelatz, Ripon, CA
Stonecrest Pools, LLC., Geometric - 600 sq. ft. or more, Doug Johnston,Fort Worth, TX
Sun Splash Pools & Spas, Pools with a Vanishing Edge, Bill Pegoraro,Ludlow, MA
Texas Pools, Inc., Geometric - 600 sq. ft. or less,Paul Ryan,The Woodlands, TX
True Blue Swimming Pools, Geometric, Patricia Truehart, Dix Hills, NY
Van Kirk & Sons, Inc, Pool Renovations, Steven Schwartz, Deerfield Beach, FL
Watermania S.A., Commercial Pool, Jorge Martinez del Rosal, Guatemala, Guatemala
Waterscaping, Ltd., Geometric, Leroy Donelan, St. John's, ANTIGUA
To view the full list of recipients and their award-winning designs, visit APSP.org.
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