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When designing and building indoor swimming pools and spas, there are multiple design and building professionals that need to be consulted with. Reason being there are many factors to consider so that indoor humidity and air quality is controlled. Also, the design and the materials used have to meet the highest standards to prevent failure of the building envelope and construction materials. Even a small mistake can result in the collapse of the indoor pool building. Doing it right the first time is always a good idea, but a must when you deal with indoor swimming pools and spas. All of the specifications and components that go into designing and building indoor swimming pools can be mind-boggling. That’s why it’s essential to consult with a variety of building professionals. In addition to consulting with these building professionals listed below, you may also want to consult with your area’s Building Enclosure Council Chapter.


The Role of the Architect

An architect has to understand the demands of the owner and shape them into the most beautiful, most efficient, least expensive building. Along the way one has to work with engineers who want to change the design because of their issues and contractors who want to change them because of their issues and of course the owner want to change them because of money, energy efficiency, space, and so on and so forth.

The Role of the Engineer

In any indoor pool project it appears that the HVAC engineer is the one most between the rock and hard place. The architect at least has the freedom to design, but the engineer has to work his magic and make, what was designed by others, work. And that is not so easy. The engineer has to heat and cool the place but also control the humidity, among other things.

The Role of the Contractor

The approach of a contractor towards an indoor pool project is quiet different. Whereas the architect and engineer design everything on paper, the contractor has to price it competitively, build it, make it work and warrant the project to the owner. Whenever considering an indoor swimming pool, whether it be a commercial or residential project just remember to consult with a licensed and reputable architect, engineer, general contractor and South Carolina swimming pool contractor.


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