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A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING AND PROCUREMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS Planning and Procurement Advice for Australian Commercial Projects. A guide book based on frequently asked questions.

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DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 3 TABLE OF CONTENTS PAGE The history of swimming pools in Australia and what makes some projects diffcult to deliver 4 How do prospective owners best satisfy their aquatic ambitions 5 Why select an aquatic consultant 5 Importance of design team selection. What are the potential pitfalls 6 When designing an aquatic centre what are the important criteria 8 What are the potential issues associated with indoor pools 9 How does a prospective owner address risks associated with commercial viability 10 Is the expense of addressing public health concerns justifable 11 Why is the contract method thought to be an early design consideration 12 What advice can Crystal Pools provide to owners contemplating a DC project 13 Which types of pools are the most challenging to deliver 14 What services can Crystal Pools contribute to the Aquatic Planning Process 14 What does Crystal Pools recommend 15 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Answers to frequently asked questions ABOUT THE AUTHOR With some 54 years of experience Crystal Pools answers many frequently asked questions FAQ relating to the planning and procurement of commercial public swimming pools. It’s a unique and frank insight on this complex subject. Insights drawn from experience with hundreds of varied swimming pool projects using vastly different delivery methods. The path to successful aquatic development has proven diffcult for some organisations around Australia. This information is provided to assist the potential pool owner in fulflling their aquatic vision with certainty.

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PAGE 4 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 5 “RATHER THAN BEING ‘DIFFICULT TO DELIVER’ IT’S MORE ACCURATE TO SUGGEST THE DESIGN ISSUES OF A COMMERCIAL SWIMMING POOL ARE COMPLEXLY INTER-RELATED” “MANY INFORMED CLIENTS PREFER A FAR MORE PROACTIVE APPROACH WHEREBY THEY SELECT AND APPOINT INDIVIDUAL CONSULTANTS” The history of swimming pools in Australia and what makes some projects diffcult to deliver The frst pool to use fltered chlorinated water in Australia was a public pool in Wickham Street Brisbane. This was shortly followed by the Tattersall’s Club pool in 1924 and the YMCA Pool in Melbourne in 1925. All of these early pools were operated on the principal of “marginal chlorination” with chloramines a relatively weak and undesirable oxidant providing the primary means of residual disinfection. The modern treatment of swimming pools is widely attributed to work done in the UK during the early 1950’s by Dr. A.T. Palin PhD OBE with his understanding of chloramines formation and breakpoint chlorination. Crystal Pools was founded in 1957 and so we are proud to claim we’ve had an active role in advancing in the Australian swimming industry virtually since its inception. Half a century on it can be said that the swimming pool industry is still a compara- tively young and fast moving industry that is required to contend with ever increasing health standards environmental challenges critical sustainability issues and cost of ownership challenges. There is a perception about pools being diffcult to deliver. Yet rather than being ‘diffcult to deliver’ it’s more accurate to suggest the design issues of a commercial swimming pool are complexly inter-related. They are heavily reliant upon many intricate value judgements. Issues such as • tender methods • specialised pool construction techniques • best aquatic practice • process treatment choices • pool use and program needs. These value judgements should be made corroboratively with the potential owner. And so the development of a successful swimming pool is reliant upon a systematic and well managed development process. It’s an approach which must embrace sound technical knowledge and practical applied experience. When diffculties are encountered with the development of an aquatic facility this is invariably a direct result of inexperience leading to inadequate communication lack of specialist pool construction knowledge poor consultation and inadequate cost management. How do prospective owners best satisfy their aquatic ambitions With compelling public health and social benefts being derived from well designed commercial swimming pools there are now many publicly available guidelines and references to help potential owners. For example various local governments have literature available for reference to help identify and manage the various steps necessary to obtain a predictable outcome. Whilst it may be an over simplifcation we believe a well conceived planning process commonly incorporates four critical phases: Phase 1 Needs Assessment Reviews any existing assets gathers information assesses community needs and expectations and develops a proposal Phase 2 Feasibility Study Conducts a market analysis assesses fnancial viability develops a management plan and a concept plan Phase 3 Design Prepares a design brief establishes a delivery method appoints a design team prepares a concept design develops the design and produces contract documentation Phase 4 Construction and handover. Given the very specialised nature of aquatics it is inappropriate perhaps even naive to have much of the above planning fall solely on the shoulders of the local Town or Council Engineer. Only systematic and methodical planning will guarantee an acceptable and predictable outcome for potential owners. Why select an aquatic consultant A client may select an architect project leader as a result of a competitive tendering process. In many cases the architect is required to or they will propose their own design team. Such teams will commonly comprise numerous sub consultants according to the project’s needs. Under the architect’s leadership a typical project team would include a structural engineer mechanical and electrical engineer cost planner or quantity surveyor acoustic consultant etc. To retain greater control over the critical ‘design’ process many informed clients prefer a more proactive approach whereby they select and appoint individual consultants for specifc tasks. Given its very specialised nature the most common example would be the appointment of an aquatics engineer who assumes the responsibility for all pool water retaining structures and associated Pool Water Treatment PWT plant. This method also allows the client to choose an expert “pool” consultant on the basis of experience credentials and design capability. Arguably the swimming pool component is the most important service associated with the development of a successful aquatic centre. It makes good sense for a client to have direct access to an accredited aquatic consultant who has expertise with the pool water retaining structures and the Pool Water Treatment PWT plant. It is often concluded

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PAGE 6 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 7 “THE DESIGN DEVELOPMENT PHASE WILL COMMONLY ALLOCATE ADEQUATE TIME WITH SPECIFIC HOLD POINTS FOR THE OWNER TO REVIEW THEIR NEEDS AND THEIR EXPECTATIONS” “IT’S STRONGLY RECOMMENDED THAT AN INITIAL EOI EXPRESSION OF INTEREST PROCESS BE USED TO ESTABLISH A SHORT LIST OF PREQUALIFIED CANDIDATES” that the work of other service engineers providing general advice and design on electrical require- ments general plumbing and drainage and even mechanical services is more related to the pool hall enclosure. Their services are usually best placed under the direction and the management of a selected architect. It’s worth noting that in by-gone days the aquatics engineer was more commonly the team leader. In that era if the project did require some architecture for the design of change rooms for example the architect was more commonly appointed by the aquatic engineer or the owner. With the advent of indoor leisure centres it has become more commonplace for the architect to be considered as the team leader. Notably this does not always need to be the case and owners are well advised to consider all possible options available to best suit their specifc needs. When tendering for consultants be it an architect or an aquatic engineer potential owners should recognise the commercial reality that there are very few accredited consultants who are able to concentrate solely on aquatic developments. With this in mind it’s strongly recommended that an initial EOI Expression of Interest process be used to establish a short list of prequalifed candidates. With an “open” tender process it is not unusual that a project may attract twelve or more respondents. Apart from the obvious diffculties in assessing this shear number of candidates the probability of a poor selection increases dramatically. Potential owners should also be particularly wary of “contractors” hiding under the wings of an architect to pretend as bona fde sub consultants. Whilst this tactic is a risk for the credibility of the architect it is still a rather commonplace as the architect is able to steal an unfair commercial advantage. This is because of the seemingly lower fee structure of a contractor and potential tenderer who also acts as a consultant. For obvious reasons fees from contractors pretending to be sub consultants will always be far lower than what can be expected from an independent profes- sional sub consultant. Importance of design team selection. What are the potential pitfalls The selection of a design team is not important it’s absolutely critical There are numerous references describing a ‘cost triangle’ whereby the ‘design’ component will tend to dictate the project costs despite only costing 10 percent of the total project cost. The owner has a duty of care to be intimately and actively involved with the appointment of the best possible consulting team. Any sensible review of the available literature will quickly reinforce the importance of design team selection. Consider the following:- “the learning curve in designing leisure buildings is both long and steep and it is inevitable that an architect approaching these problems for the frst second or even third time will make a large number of expensive mistakes – don’t let them gain this experience at your expense” From “The Role of the Leisure Architect” by Stuart Miller Miller and Associates Architects The Leisure Manager May 1990 “...we are also conscious that all too often architecture has been designed for the appreciation of academics a kind of architectural pornography for consenting architects only. We believe in getting a manageable facility frst in the knowledge that given proper attention good architecture will always follow”. From “The Leisure Architect” by Nigel Grayshon. The Leisure Manager May 1991 Effective swimming pool design will commonly require an interpolation of many competing objectives and needs. Such needs will commonly include • Compliance with public health and Australian Standards • Existence of international and state-based Swimming Pool Guidelines • Disabled Access Legislation • Occupational Health and Safety Legislation • Government Procurement Policy • Project costs and budget constraints • Compliance with best engineering practice • Empirical data and plant/pipe sizing requirements • Manageable procurement • Transparent and productive tender methods • Specifc industry knowledge • Specialised construction and installation requirements • Issues relating to Environmentally Sustainable Design ESD • Evidence of similar and successful case history • Specifc client expectations • Special project and or program requirements • Life Cycle Costs LCC • Risk analysis and risk management • Modern process treatment knowledge • Hydraulics mechanical and structural engineering and • Chemical treatment. In light of the many complex and inter-related issues it is not unusual that the technical requirements and the value judgements which are made by particular designers will often require detailed discussion and agreement throughout a design development phase. For this reason the design development phase will commonly allocate adequate time with specifc hold points for the owner to review their needs and their expectations. To appreciate the potential pitfalls associated with the initial “design” process it is important to be aware that many aquatic developments fail to produce suffcient income to meet their annual operating costs. The very few aquatic developments that do manage to meet their annual operating costs often have minimal and fuctuating returns. Whilst it’s true that some community swimming pools tend to struggle fnancially there are also many references to confrm the immeasurable social beneft that can be obtained with a well-planned and appropriate aquatic development.

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PAGE 8 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 9 “PROCESSES LIKE HIGH INTENSITY MEDIUM PRESSURE UV HAVE BECOME AN ALMOST MANDATORY REQUIREMENT FOR ANY INDOOR HEATED POOL” “LIFE CYCLE COST PRINCIPLES ENSURE THE SPECIFICATION OF PROCESSES AND PRODUCTS THAT WILL PROVIDE THE LOWEST LONG-TERM COST OF OWNERSHIP” When designing an aquatic centre what are the important criteria As discussed many design issues and construction requirements of a commercial pool are complexly inter-related. Development relies heavily on technical knowledge and applied experience. Therefore regardless of the selected delivery method the consultant or a contractor will commonly “partner” with the client to work through a number of competing needs and objectives. Some of these objectives are as follows: • Preferably enclose the largest and most versatile water space affordable. • Provide practical options and client choices consistent to the detailed project brief. • Provide air and water quality for maximum user comfort and appeal. • Provide water and air temperatures appropriate to specifc program requirements. • Use Life Cycle Cost principles to ensure the specifcation of processes and products that will provide the lowest long-term cost of ownership. • Use ESD principles to contribute to the projects sustainability and fnancial viability. • Determine plant type and capacity according to infnite bather load pool occupancy NSW Health requirements. • Pursue proven water minimisation and water conservation methods and products. • Consider the tender and contract arrangements best suited to the owner’s procurement. • Consider the operation of the facility from the owners and the operators perspective. • Produce timely design drawings and complete specifcations to allow the works to proceed predictably in a logical but fast-track sequence. When developing an initial concept design the designer will also commonly consider the following: SAFETY To allow for good supervision and to provide water depths that are suited to specifc user groups and program needs to avoid hazards to clearly defne different areas and water depths. FUN To provide fun type elements to help young non-swimmers gain confdence and familiarity with the water. To integrate proven play features bubbles water sprays and jets to maximize enjoyment level. TEACHING SPACE To provide areas for learn to swim and stroke correction with easy access and suitable deck space for parent groups. FLEXIBILITY To provide for diverse age groups from small children to the elderly and the disabled to cater for different abilities from non-swimmers to lap swimmers to allow for competition without adversely affecting other regular program needs to provide areas where specifc zones can be segregated for different instructor groups to provide suitable and appropriate water temperatures. COMMERCIAL VIABILITY To allow for fexibility of use for the potential lease-out of associated facilities either to the Operator or the Community to ensure that the design incorporates both functional and low maintenance fnishes and that the whole complex can be run as a low energy integrated system. What are the potential issues associated with indoor pools If one of the key design objectives is to enclose the largest waterspace affordable. What are the issues and risks Many early attempts to construct an indoor heated pool resulted in conditions signifcantly inferior to modern pools and they were very expensive in terms of maintenance costs. Problems included improper illumination poor ventilation high humidity excessive noise and high reverberation. In addition to these issues poor water quality often posed serious public health concern. Now there’s a substantial case history to confrm indoor heated pools beneftted from advancement through engineering and science. The outcome though is a comparatively more complicated and expensive building. In part the above helps to explain the caveat whereby the size of pool hall should be carefully tempered by what is truly affordable. Smart pool designers will often limit the size of the pool hall enclosure to best suit pools that have specifc year round uses and or specifc water temperatures like hydrotherapy pools learn-to-swim LTS pools program pools and leisure pools. To appreciate the many problems associated with indoor heated pools it is important to have a complete understanding of the chlorination process. Even in moderately loaded indoor pools it is quite common that the rate and the type of contamination will often exceed the reaction time for a traditional disinfectant to perform its task. To overcome this problem excessively high chemical residuals are usually required to create an adequate “reserve” or build-up that is capable of satisfying a likely/predicted load. This is by no means a simple or easy task. Furthermore as reported by numerous health authorities exposure to high chemical-levels is not in the bather’s best interests. Apart from any health issues chemical smells and tastes within the pool hall and the pool water are neither pleasant and or desirable. Rather than be exposed to strong and undesirable pool chemicals advanced oxidation provides a technical solution whereby regular super-chlorination and high chemical residuals can be avoided. Processes like high intensity medium pressure UV have become an almost mandatory requirement for any indoor heated pool. “SMART POOL DESIGNERS WILL OFTEN LIMIT THE SIZE OF THE POOL HALL ENCLOSURE TO BEST SUIT POOLS THAT HAVE SPECIFIC YEAR ROUND USES”

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PAGE 10 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 11 “STATE BASED HEALTH CODES STANDARDS AND GUIDELINES EXIST FOR GOOD REASON” Is the expense of addressing public health concerns justifable Contrary to popular belief treatment of a commercial swimming pool can pose more complex problems than those associated with drinking water. It’s worth noting that when each bather enters a pool they will commonly introduce • One litre of sweat after swimming actively for one hour • 50 ml of urine • 0.5 to 1.0 grams of other organic matter • 600 million micro-organisms including 1 to 10 million colon bacteria. Swimming pools are inherently a captive body of water subject to all sorts of variable conditions and loads. These factors do not normally exist when treating water in a single pass. Exchange rate from the human body is typically the largest single contributor of dirt load other signifcant factors include • the pool’s water temperate • the existence of wind blown dirt and material • the lack of a smooth pool interior • poor algal control • inadequate chemical dosing • nonexistent bather management • poor/low quality make-up water • inadequate design • undersized and inappropriate fltration equipment • inadequate turnover rate • deviation from best practice and • failure to conduct adequate and regular water tests. It’s interesting to note that the term ‘exchange rate from the human body’ is often used on the basis of being a far more palatable means of describing excretions from the human body that include mucous including sputum urine faecal matter dead skin body oils ear wax and hair. Out of all these faecal matter due to the fact that considerable bacteria resides within the intestinal tract is widely considered to be most common and problematic. No wonder the term ‘exchange rate from the human body’ is preferred. All of the above issues can be confdently managed with the operation of three inter-related and interacting systems: • An effective means of recirculating and mixing of the dirt load and or any chemicals that are added to the pool for sterilization and or water balance. • A system for the removal of particles by fltration. • An effective chemical dosing program. The need for effective mixing and recirculation within the pool basin confrms the very close inter-relationships that exist between pool construction and pool water treatment. These separate services are always best provided under the management and control of one accredited pool contractor. State based health codes standards and guidelines exist for good reason. In many cases such references are explicitly related to government legislation whereby any noncom- pliance removes any grounds for defence. Ignoring the obvious duty of care there is also ample evidence to confrm that good water quality will encourage pool patronage and therefore improve the viability of the whole development. How does a prospective owner address risks associated with commercial viability Perhaps the most fundamental way to secure fnancial viability is to frst ensure the size of a proposed waterspace is suffcient for the community’s needs. This must be done without incurring excess which throughout the life of the development can not be reasonably sustained. In some cases an uninformed owner bypasses planning conventions and conceives an overly ambitious plan typically drawing inspiration from another project. This approach is inevitably made through casual visual observations. A more commonplace method for securing a fnancially viable future is to include the development of specifc aims and business objectives to attract widespread interest and support from the local community and possible investors. In cases where this has been done the capital cost burden does not rest solely with the owner potential users and/or the local community. Examples of this strategy include the development of commercial spas and or learn-to-swim pools that can be suffciently segregated and potentially become business opportunities in their own right. Another example identifes a possible synergy and cost sharing with other developments that may generate extra income. This can contribute to the aquatics centre’s operating costs. In its simplest form it may be the inclusion of a retail outlet a child minding facility or gymnasium. It is important to recognise industry research confrms that 60 to 70 percent of facility users come from the recreational leisure sector whilst only 20 to 30 percent comes from the competitive training and ftness market. Whilst the health therapy education and wellness market is currently a major growth sector it currently accounts for just 10 to 20 percent of centre usage. With an aging population this latter market is predicted to expand rapidly. The most successful and viable aquatic centres in Australia attract users from all three prime markets by offering relevant water spaces appropriate water temperatures and extended swimming seasons. Financial viability is largely predicated upon the provision of the right waterspaces to best cater for modern market needs and demand. It is important not to be excessively swayed by small lobby groups who believe that a 10-lane 50m indoor pool should dominate the proposed development. Arguably the most important consideration for a purchaser is to pay far more attention to the cost of ownership rather than the apparent tender price. Regrettably we must recognise that due to shortcoming in an ordinary competitive tendering process coupled with a typically low standard of evaluation skills that the lowest tender cost will commonly have the highest cost of ownership. Procurement cost may appear a simple criterion yet it can often result in very poor fnancial decisions because it does not adequately consider whole of life costs. A prime example of the above issue is the choice between a concrete pool with a proven 50 year service life and a pre-engi- neered panel pool which may have a service life of only 25 years. Whilst the tendered price of these two options may seem similar a prefabricated panel pool does not provide the same value. It is unlikely to provide the same longevity and carries higher likelihood of costly repair. “IT IS IMPORTANT TO RECOGNISE INDUSTRY RESEARCH CONFIRMS THAT 60 TO 70 PERCENT OF FACILITY USERS COME FROM THE RECREATIONAL LEISURE SECTOR WHILST ONLY 20 TO 30 PERCENT COMES FROM THE COMPETITIVE TRAINING AND FITNESS MARKET”

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PAGE 12 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 13 “THE DC PROCESS COMMONLY PROVIDES A FAR LOWER CONSTRUCTION COST AND A QUICKER DELIVERY TIME WITHOUT COMPROMISING CONSIDERATION OF CLIENT CHOICES DESIGN OPTIONS OR QUALITY.” “WHEN REVIEWING ANY DC TENDER LOOK CLOSELY FOR THE INCLUSION OF AN EXPERIENCED AND PREQUALIFIED POOL ENGINEER” “A SELECT TENDER PROCESS EFFECTIVELY REDUCES THE NUMBER OF RESPONDENTS TO THOSE WHO CAN SATISFY SIMPLE BUT CRITICAL PREREQUISITES SUCH AS APPLIED EXPERIENCE FINANCIAL ADEQUACY PROVEN CAPABILITY AND MORE” Crystal Pools has excellent relations with many accredited head contractors and is commonly rewarded with regular opportunities for repeat business. Regrettably there are some head contractors operating within the industry who try to simplify the process. This inevitably has serious business ramifcations for the owner. There are also cases where head contractors have attempted to construct swimming pools themselves and the outcomes are never positive. Ultimately it falls on the purchaser who has a clear duty of care to scrutinise the whole design and planning processes. In doing so they’re able to carefully consider options and extract the best value and performance from their consultants. What advice can Crystal Pools provide to owners contemplating a DC project Behind closed doors some consultants will be critical of the Design and Construct process. It must also be said that when the consultant is a DC team member it is a commercial reality that their engineering fees are customarily far lower than when working direct for the owner. This difference in fee structure is due to very signifcant differences in scope rather than any difference in quality. For example with a DC project there is no need for a consultant to prepare any tender documentation. Similarly the DC contractor is by nature well placed to provide defnitive instructions to provide all necessary co-ordination within the team and most importantly to assume the ultimate responsibility for the DC process. The DC process commonly provides a far lower construction cost and a quicker delivery time without compromising consideration of client choices design options or quality. When operating under a DC framework Crystal Pools will commonly offer their clients the fexibility of having a Cost Managed System Design CMSD. With this arrangement the client can readily refne the project’s requirements throughout the design development phase in a fnancially responsible and transparent manner. Given the very critical nature of having a detailed project brief our frst suggestion is to obtain expert advice. To obtain a ‘level playing feld’ Crystal Pools will often gladly contribute to the preparation of a project brief. In many cases a project brief requires the same or similar schematic design as is required with a fully designed project. Whilst the cost of having a project brief written by an aquatic consultant may seem daunting such costs can usually be readily justifed on the basis of achieving a better tender result which in turn extracts greater commitment from the contractor and therefore greater certainty for the owner. Our second suggestion is that when reviewing any DC tender look closely for the inclusion of an experienced and prequalifed pool engineer. The existence of a formal design plan and a competent team of subcontractors will also provide a strong clue as to the general quality of a bid. There is substantial case history to confrm that some Why is the contract method thought to be an early design consideration Just as cart always comes after horse potential owners should insist their design team provides early advice on the different contracting methods available for a specifc project. As demonstrated in the series of Crystal Pools case history examples clients may use a variety of different contract types for different purposes. The contract route chosen will dictate the extent and the type of documenta- tion ultimately produced by the design team. Logically this a fundamental choice that needs to be made early in the design process. To obtain optimum value from your consulting team fully detailed documentation should be a basic prerequisite. Inexperienced consultants who promote hybrid methods and products are commonly exposed by their preferable use of performance specifcations whereby the tenderer is required to assume some level of design responsibility. This methodology worked in the past however the industry now quotes using an appropriate design and construct mechanism when asked to assume responsi- bility for work done by others. When a consultant abdicates or shifts any responsibility back onto the selected contractor its a fair sign you have selected the wrong consultant. The type of facility being planned will have a bearing on which contract method to select. For outdoor pools with basic infrastructure there may be no need for a traditional “head contractor”. Conversely for an indoor leisure centre the substantial building works and associated services will usually dictate use of a head contractor. Most of the common contracts in use today have specifc provisions for the safe and effective use of Nominated Sub Contractors NSC. This method is sometimes criticised by traditional consultants on the basis that it requires early consideration and seemingly more work for the consultants. Potential owners should carefully consider the many benefts and the transparent security that can be readily delivered under NSC Agreements. First and foremost the NSC tender method provides an owner the opportunity to review several competing bids and to make a selection on the basis of the submitted details. When the head contractor selects and promotes a pool subcontractor the owner usually has only one option to consider. Under the commercial pressures of the open tender system the head contractor promotes his chosen pool contractor often the market’s cheapest option chosen on the belief the lowest apparent cost will be the “winning” tender. It is a system which inadvertently takes away regard for any other issues that might otherwise affect his choice of contractor. NSC agreements and select tender process When using an NSC Agreement potential head contractors fnd relief from the commercial pressure and the technical responsibility to select the best qualifed pool contractor for the project. Where there are perceived diffculties in utilising a NSC Agreement some clients have protected themselves from the ravages of open head contracts by using a select tender process. This effectively reduces the number of respondents to those who can satisfy simple but critical prerequisites such as applied experience fnancial adequacy proven capability and more.

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PAGE 14 A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT Commercial Public Swimming Pools DOCUMENT CP005/E A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING PROCUREMENT PAGE 15 In summary what does Crystal Pools recommend • Use a systematic four phase planning approach with assistance from carefully selected experts. • Make sure your development is appropriate for the community’s needs. Be careful not to incur excesses that might be unsustainable in economic terms. • Balance the mix of proposed water spaces to satisfy the current and future market demand. • Use an EOI process to help pick your consultants carefully. • Take a proactive approach when selecting and appointing your own independent aquatics engineer. • For the specialised pool component use a Select Tender Process or a Nominated Subcontract Agreement that allows you the owner to appoint the best possible pool contractor for the project. • Insist on an accredited pool contractor. • Don’t write-off the DC delivery method until you have properly assessed its benefts. • Ensure you have achieved a good design before proceeding to a purchasing decision. • Use a transparent tendering method to ensure value over price. • Understand that the planning and procurement phase is your opportunity to minimise exposure to risk and to weed out practices and/or operators that may threaten your project. STANDARD DISCLAIMER The opinions contained within this guide to our frequently asked question are based upon the experience that CRYSTAL POOLS has obtained over a 54 year period with hundreds of varied projects using vastly different procurement methods. Crystal Pools does not accept any responsibility for the accuracy of this information and or its potential use. Comments and suggestions relating to this publication can be sent via our website www. crystalpools.com.au. Crystal Pools encourages all readers to conduct their own independent research. second-grade pool contractors will often try to steal commercial advantage by introducing sub consultants and subcontractors who have little or no experience. Beware of a tender indicating the names of sub consultants and subcontractors ‘will be advised’. It essentially means you’ll end up with the cheapest they can fnd. Also be cautious of tenders suggesting almost every aspect and trade will be done ‘in-house’. This is code for ‘we think there is no need for any expert independent opinions’. The governing principles used for other delivery methods apply equally to the DC method. Don’t let over ambitious objectives and apparent low tender prices draw you into a scheme that has such a high cost of ownership that the project becomes an unsustainable white elephant. What services can Crystal Pools contribute to the Aquatic Planning Process Crystal Pools are not aquatic consultants. We are accredited pool designers with over 54 years applied experience on thousands of complex commercial projects. Commercial services offered Engineering Services • Condition and Engineering Assessment Reports • Feasibility Studies - Issues and Options Papers • Compliance Check and Engineering Certifcation • Estimates of Likely Probable Costs Budgets • Performance Specifcations - Tender Documentation • Design and Construct Proposals Construction Services • Wet-deck soiled water collection gutters replacing ineffective scum gutters • New and supplementary fltered water distribution systems • Waterproofng joint repairs re-surfacing concrete repairs etc. • Structural modifcations re-profling of pool foors disabled access ramps • The addition of new supplementary water spaces spas water playgrounds program pools etc. • Construction of balance tanks to permit harvesting and storage of rainfall • Backwash detention systems. • Aquatic ft-out with modern pool furniture and appliances. • Choice of interior linings Mechanical and Hydraulic Services • Supply and installation of pool water treatment plants • Supply of chemical dosing systems • Supply of pool heating systems • Energy management systems • Upgrade of Chemical Storage Facilities • Wash water recovery systems • Maintenance Contracts • Operator Training

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For no-obligation advice at any stage of your project or to obtain further information on procurement and planning of aquatic projects please call 02 9875 4555 or email Crytal Pools’ Commercial Pools Director Paul Hicken via paulhcrystalpools.com.au A GUIDE TO AQUATIC PLANNING AND PROCUREMENT OF COMMERCIAL AND PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS

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