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GAVA Announces 2010 WINNERS

07 December 2010

GAVA (Global AquaTekture Visionary Awards) announced the winners for the 2010 competition during the annual GAVA Awards reception held November 2, 2010 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA at celebrity Eva Longoria’s Eve nightclub in the prestigious CityCenter. Presented by Three V Enterprises, a Las Vegas-based corporation, GAVA goes beyond the traditional water-themed design awards by hosting an integrated worldwide competition open to design professionals of all genres dedicated to influencing and creating thought-provoking solutions.

The awards salute 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 Bronze, Silver and Gold awards and will be included in the full-colour, 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, presented the GAVA-Structure Studios Award to artisans who had created exceptional AquaTekture. This category recognises the compelling power and elegance of designs imagined with Structure Studios’ Instant 3D technology as well as for design innovativeness.

The GAVA team and the 2010 sponsors — Structure Studios, Zodiac–Jandy Pool Products, Brand, Paramount Pool and Spa Systems, and Pebble Technologies Inc — congratulate the winners comprising of architects, contractors, home builders, 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. The judges for 2010 included interior designer Leslie Gail Parraguirre, President of Colours Inc, Las Vegas, Nevada USA; 2009 GAVA Gold winner and architect Nick Troubetzkoy, President of Nick Troubetzkoy Architect and Planners; Jade Mountain of St Lucia, Caribbean; and art curator Brenda Harrop, Principle of Brenda Harrop Art Consulting and Design, Los Angeles, California USA.


2010 GAVA WINNERS — RESIDENTIAL DIVISION by category:
Category: Residential Pool Infinity Edge/Perimeter Overflow
• Joan Roca, Aquart, Nicoya, Costa Rica: GOLD
• Brett Hatfield, Downunda Pools, Inc, Bentwater, Texas USA: GOLD
• Island Pools & Spas Inc, Edgartown, Massachusetts USA: SILVER
• Todd Hendrickson, Aquascape, Petaluma, California USA: SILVER
• Blair Brown, Indigo Pool and Spa Inc, Greensboro, Georgia USA: BRONZE
• Edwin Vives, Venezolana de Piscinas ICA, Valencia, Venezuela: BRONZE
• Erik H Nissen, Euro Pools LLC, McAllen, Texas USA: BRONZE

Category: Residential Pool Freeform
• Larry Duffy, Cameo Pools, Mesa, Arizona USA: GOLD
• Champagne Aquatech Pools of Central Florida, Sanford, Florida USA: SILVER
• Brian Williams, Aqua Blue Pools, Newbury Park, California USA: BRONZE

Category: Geometric
• Custom Design Pools, Friendswood, Texas USA: GOLD
• Paul Ryan, Texas Pools, The Woodlands, Texas USA: GOLD
• Platinum Poolcare, Chicago, Illinois USA: SILVER
• John Versfelt, Southernwind Pools, McKinney, Texas USA: SILVER
• Thom Blumenchamp CBP, Texas Pools, The Woodlands, Texas USA: SILVER
• Custom Design Pools, Friendswood, Texas USA: SILVER
• Brian Williams, Aqua Blue Pools, Newbury, California USA: BRONZE
• Erik H Nissen, Euro Pools LLC, McAllen, Texas USA: BRONZE

Category: Traditional
• Doug Johnston, Stonecrest Pools, Southlake, Texas USA: GOLD
• International Landscaping Inc, Ontario, Canada: GOLD
• Pool Works Inc — All Around Pools, Sterling Heights, Michigan USA: BRONZE

Category: Natural Setting
• Joan Roca, Aquart, Nicoya, Costa Rica: GOLD

Category: Green Applications
• Stuart Bevan Pools Pty Ltd, Red Hill, Brisbane Australia: GOLD
• Dan Ramos, Distinguished Pools Inc, Poway, California USA: BRONZE
• Jorge Graca Costa, Architect, Oeiras, Portugal: BRONZE

Category: Interior Applications
• Platinum Poolcare, Chicago, Illinois USA: BRONZE GAVA & SILVER

Category: Renovation
• Craig Cameron, Natural Water Environments, Dallas, Texas USA: SILVER
• Scott Cohen, The Green Scene, Northridge, California USA: SILVER

Category: Spas
• Doug Johnston, Stonecrest Pools, Southlake, Texas USA: GOLD
• John Versfelt, Southernwind Pools, McKinney, Texas USA: GOLD

Category: Water Feature
• Todd Hendrickson, Aquascape, Petaluma, California USA: GOLD
• Erik H Nissen, Euro Pools LLC, McAllen, Texas USA: BRONZE

Category: Special Applications — Fire
• Tannie’s Design Works, Las Vegas, Nevada USA: SILVER
• Scott Cohen, The Green Scene, Northridge, California USA: BRONZE

Category: Special Applications — Acrylic
• Aquatonic, Brisbane, Queensland Australia: GOLD

Category: Special Applications — Structure Studios, Pool Studio 3D
• Cameron Leth, Polar Pools, New South Wales Australia: GOLD
• Dan Ramos, Distinguished Pools Inc, Poway, California USA: SILVER
• Platinum Poolcare, Chicago, Illinois USA: SILVER

Category: Special Applications — Art
• Scott Moneta, Leisure Living Pools, Dallas, Texas USA: GOLD

Category: Special Applications — Mosaics
• Platinum Poolcare, Chicago, Illinois USA: GOLD (2)

Category: Special Applications — Waterfall
• Daniel S Coletti, Sun West Custom Homes, Las Vegas, Nevada USA: GOLD
Category: Special Applications — Technology
• Stefan Kanetis, Hidden Water Pools, Poway, California USA: GOLD
• Torsten Heincke, Covertech LLC, New York, New York USA: GOLD


2010 GAVA WINNERS — COMMERCIAL DIVISION by category:
Category: Pool
• Palms Casino Resort, Las Vegas, Nevada USA: SILVER

Category: Water Feature Green Application
• EHB Companies, Queensridge Towers LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada USA: BRONZE

Category: Special Applications — Art
• Jason deCaires Taylor, Sculptor, Cancun Mexico: GOLD


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

About GAVA
GAVA recognises artisans globally whose visions and creativity exemplify the best in AquaTekture; the discipline of designing, engineering and erecting 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. www.gavaawards.com

About Structure Studios®
Structure Studios® is a software development company specialising in 3D visualisation 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 15 countries including the US, Australia, Mexico and the United Arab Emirates. www.structurestudios.com.

 

Article Tags: GAVA, International Awards, AquaTekture

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