Cloward H2O celebrates opening of ULUM Resort at Looking Glass Rock, Utah - 25th August 2023

Cloward H2O, is reflecting on the work done for the recently opened ULUM Resort by UnderCanvas at Looking Glass Rock near Moab, Utah, US.  For this project, the firm provided full-service aquatic engineering and design for the three dipping pools provided by ULUM as an amenity to guests staying at the resort.

This new luxury glamping resort offers guests travelling and vacationing in the picturesque area of Moab a one-of-a-kind experience. While offering luxury, it also welcomes families with children and dogs. Each tent has a wood stove, an evaporative cooler, a private deck, electricity and furniture, and the central gathering space is home to a fine-dining restaurant.

In addition, the resort provides yoga lessons with a view of the stunning red rock landscape. ULUM Moab offers luxurious lodgings in a remote desert location with views of Canyonlands National Park, surrounded by stunning scenery, and only a short distance from Looking Glass Arch.

The three dipping pools that the Cloward H2O team worked on offer an extra relaxing amenity for guests, and can either be chilled or heated. They each include an individual water treatment system that is built to handle the significant sediment load that is anticipated in the water, from both the wind and people using the pools. Each of the three pools also includes an ozone system to further improve the water treatment and quality.

The concrete of the pools was planned and constructed in accordance with ACI 350, and it was made to endure the extremes in temperature that the Moab region faces over the course of a year. Wheelchair access is also available to one of the pools.

Guest feedback has been positive, with visitors saying that the dipping pools offer a relaxing sanctuary to escape at the end of the day.

“One great thing about Cloward H2O is that we design everything in the recreational aquatics sphere from the big to the small and anything in between,” says Bradley Clawson, project manager at Cloward H2O. “This may be a smaller project, but it is impactful in its space because it was the first time UnderCanvas included dipping pools as an amenity on any of their properties. And it’s not every day you get to design pools with that kind of view!”

Cloward H2O brings state-of-the-art water treatment to new Montgomery Whitewater centre - 6th July 2023

Cloward H2O provided a mechanical solution to the very large amount of water needed for the park that uses 24 high-rate horizontal media filters. The use of Activated Filter Media (AFM) instead of sand allows filtration to get down to around one micron, Ozone, and chlorine at 18,000 gpm total treatment flow. “When the mass flow pumps are off, we are able to see the bottom of the main pond which is 25’ down! In comparison, the Alabama River adjacent to the part, you would be lucky to see 25″ down,” says Phillip Melton, operations manager at Montgomery Whitewater.

When needed, each of the 24 horizontal media filters in the backwash recovery system backwash into a large holding tank adjacent to the mechanical pumping room.  This holding tank has its own separate filtration and ozone system that is recirculated.  This allows for significant savings when it comes to wastewater going to the sewer.

If this backwash recovery system was not in place, Montgomery Whitewater would lose about 14,640,000 gallons of water every year due to filter backwash. In comparison, with the backwash recovery system in place, the venue will only lose about 480,000 gallons of water every year to backwash. The holding tank is also used as a fill system for makeup water recovery due to evaporation and other losses. This system reduces water loss by around 95%.

With the ability to accurately control the environment, man-made whitewater courses like these will revolutionize Olympic and similar competitions, allowing visitors to have a safe and controlled experience. The channels can be easily adjusted in order to provide varying types of rapids and levels, catering to everyone from beginners to seasoned experts. Each rafting experience is 90 minutes long, which typically ends up being four to five times around the whitewater channel.

Guests will be able to build their skills without having to travel to remote places and buy expensive equipment. Centres like these can be built close to large urban areas, allowing greater and more convenient access to more people.

“Montgomery Whitewater isn’t just for extreme adventurers and high-intensity kayakers,” says Allen Clawson, principal at Cloward H2O. “Most of the people that will come to Montgomery are those that have never even been down a rapid’s river before or just a few times in their lifetime.

“The difference with Montgomery and other whitewater centers coming out in this new emerging recreational space is that people can come back the next day and a few times a month. It’s much easier to get good at the sport, you don’t have to drive five hours to spend all day on the river catching only a few rapids. Whitewater parks and the growing surf parks industry are allowing people to return visit and get good at something a lot faster.”

“Cloward H2O worked alongside a great team of professionals that brought this project together as a team, a project this scale can face some interesting and difficult challenges let alone that fact it was coming about during Covid,” says Braden Steiner, project manager for Montgomery Whitewater at Cloward H2O.

“We are grateful to have clients and partners that go to bat for us and we do the same. Everyone has a part to play in these great projects coming to life and it’s always great to see one get completed.”

Cloward H2O worked alongside Southern Whitewater Development Group (SWDG), Jesco Inc. Construction, S2O Engineering, Liquid Design, and GMC to bring Montgomery Whitewater to life. This transformative venue will enhance the quality of place for the River Region, driving economic development and boosting tourism.

Future plans for the site include the addition of rock climbing, mountain biking and ropes courses, as well as access to the Alabama River for kayaking and standup paddle boarding. An on-site hotel and retail units will also be added.

Cloward H2O prepares for opening of new world-class whitewater centre in Montgomery - 14th June 2023

Cloward H2O has been working on a major project in Alabama for several years and is now ready to celebrate the opening of Montgomery Whitewater, a new outdoor lifestyle centre, set to open its doors on 8 July 2023.

A recirculating whitewater course, built to Olympic standards, will serve as the development’s focal point and enable users of all ages and skill levels to engage in challenges ranging from beginner to expert. The course also includes a standing wave surf feature, and training areas suitable for all abilities and commercial operations.

Additionally, the park will have a range of dry-side outdoor activities like climbing walls, ziplines, ropes courses, and hiking and biking routes. Numerous festivals, tournaments, and weekly activities will be held at the site. There will also be hospitality amenities, including a conference centre, cabanas, and other gathering spaces. The facility will be available for camps and team-building events, as well as swift water rescue training for first responders.

The new centre will promote economic growth, significantly improve residents’ quality of life, support ongoing tourism growth, support military missions, and increase Montgomery’s appeal to a talented workforce that places a premium on quality of life when choosing a place to live and work.

Participants can receive world-class whitewater instruction in a setting ideal for everyone from novices to experienced rafters. A 2,200-foot-long Adventure Channel that mimics a natural river is designed to deliver a Class II whitewater experience and serves as a great introduction to the activity.

Meanwhile. the 1,600-foot-long Competition Channel is an excellent playground for those with more advanced talents and is perfect for the novice rafter wishing to take on greater rapids. Both channels intersect in the lower pond to the takeout or back up the conveyor belt for another run!

Initial conversations began in 2016 with preliminary designs and a professional team formulating in 2018. Cloward H2O and other design team members finalised detailed engineering in 2020 and construction documents in 2021. This was followed by two years of construction to bring Montgomery to what it is now.

“On these big projects a major challenge is just working through the scope of the whole facility,” says Braden Steiner, project manager for Montgomery Whitewater at Cloward H2O. “This is not your typical pool; we’re talking 12,000,000 gallons of very active water, there are so many things to account for.

“There is a great team of professionals on this project figuring out how it all works, and we are honored to work with them.”

Allen Clawson, principal and managing partner at Cloward H2O, adds: “Another major challenge was Covid -19 like many projects around the world development stopped for a while, construction costs increased, including material costs and delays, labor shortages, it threw some curve balls at the team, and we are proud of the project getting to this point. It’s been a long time coming and we’re excited for it to get to the opening date!”

The park recently held a soft opening for the first few people to test out the river rapids, and it was a big success. The facility is well on its way to being ready for 8 July with personnel training, facility tuning, ongoing testing, and some final touches.

Innovations like RapidBlocks technology were implemented into Montgomery in over 80% of the channel, allowing unlimited tuning of flow and rapid configurations to create variations to the constructed hard wall configurations set by the concrete. Specially engineered operable gates and diversion structures allow the operator to adjust the flow characteristics of key features or operate either channel independently.

Cloward H2O designed the mechanical and filtration systems with high-rate horizontal media filters, AFM, ozone, and chlorine at 18,000 gpm total flow. In addition, five Flight Submersible Propeller pumps, 700 Hp each, 82,300 gpm at 25’ TDH for a total of over 400,000 gpm, were implemented to provide enough waterpower down the channels to create the big rapids for the centre. The total connected power comes out to over ~4 MW at 4160 VAC.

A total of more than 16,000 cubic yards of concrete was poured and shaped to form the ponds, channel system, conveyor bay, and pump station. In order to keep waste to a minimum, Cloward H2O and the design team were able to use a unique partial siphon system that reduced the operational power of the Mass Flow Pumps once a steady state flow is established.

Cloward H2O Reflects on successful Kuwait Scientific Center project - 24th May 2023

Cloward H2O prepared design and construction documents for the indoor aquarium facility at the Kuwait Scientific Center, for both freshwater and salt-water. The attraction was completed in 1999, and the firm’s responsibilities included the design of all tanks, pools, and aquatic life support systems for the entire aquarium facility.

The centre, which was the biggest aquarium in the Middle East at the time of construction, was designed to provide environmental education, as well as reflecting Islamic arts and culture. The walls of the building contain depictions of stories that tell visitors about the city’s history.

The three main habitats of the aquarium’s learning centre are the desert of the Arabian Peninsula, the oceanic environment of the gulf’s coastal regions and the sea zone, which imitates the natural environments of the Red Sea and South African Sea.

The Scientific Center covers 80,000 square meters and is home to more than 100 different species. It also houses historic Dhow boats docked in an old-style harbor outside the aquarium. Highlights within the sail-shaped building include giant spider crabs, fluorescent jellyfish and floor-to-ceiling shark and ray tanks.

In the first habitat, a desert ecosystem, visitors can view owls, snakes, scorpions, kangaroo mice, beetles, and bats. Animals like the boa and otter, as well as shallow-water fish and South African penguins, can be found in the second habitat, the coastal zone. Tropical fish, jellyfish, seahorses, sharks, stingrays, and sea turtles can all be found in the third environment.

In addition, more than 50 interactive displays at Discovery Place engage learners of all ages, advancing environmental, scientific, and technological awareness. Discovery Place offers simple and fun ways to create and learn about magnetic, solar, and kinetic energies.

Guests aged 14 and over with an open-water scuba diving license can also enjoy the Dive with the Sharks program. There is also an IMAX theatre, showing 45-minute educational videos about the natural world.

Cloward H2O Shares Insights on how to Make Pools & Water Parks More Environmentally Friendly - 20th Apr 2023

There are more than 300,000 existing commercial and recreational pools in the US aquatics industry alone, with thousands more being constructed every year. As the number of pools grows, environmental impact and saving money steadily become a greater concern.

For an existing facility, maintenance is essential.

Maintaining proper pool chemistry should be the number one priority of every pool operator. Pool chemistry has a strong effect on air quality, and if the air quality is bad, particularly in an indoor facility, it can have a negative impact on the building structure and HVAC system.

Allen Clawson, Principal and Managing Partner at Cloward H2O says: “Operators should consider: is the treatment equipment in good repair? Is the paint coming off the walls? Is there scaling or etching on the pool shell because the water chemistry is out of balance? If the pool is enclosed, are the roof or walls falling apart? Are the pool area and back of house areas clean? These are all signs that something is wrong and can have a negative effect on pool patrons causing them to go somewhere else.”

When parts of the facility finally fail and need to be replaced, this creates a strain both environmentally and economically. The facility will need to close while the repairs are carried out and the deteriorated equipment, structure, or surface material will need to be removed and disposed of. More resources, energy and manpower will be required to generate the new products and have them installed. All the while this is costing the facility money with no steady income stream.

How can a pool facility reduce its use of natural resources? Running a facility like this uses a tremendous amount of energy. A pool needs electricity (pumps, controllers, motors, and other equipment) and fuel (often natural gas or propane for heaters and boilers).

“Some facilities use more energy than they need to, simply because the equipment was sized incorrectly,” says Allen. “Besides using the right size of equipment, using high-efficiency motors and heaters/boilers, VFDs (Variable Frequency Drive) on systems that have varying loads (such as fans on the HVAC system), selecting low emission heaters and boilers, and using solar heating and natural lighting to its full advantage will make a huge difference both ecologically and financially for the facility.

“Other ways to reduce the amount of energy include using pipe sizes that require less head from the pump, turning down the treatment system at night when no one is in the pool, implementing a heat recovery system that works to the advantage of both the pool treatment system and the HVAC system, and heating the makeup water.”

Every facility is unique, and these potential savings should be carefully considered and thought out.

Water is the whole reason that aquatic facilities even exist. Clean potable water is not always readily available in all parts of the world, and can be costly to generate or transport, sometimes well over $10 per 1000 gallons. The average cost of potable water in the US is about $2 per 1000 gallons. Thus, the makeup water of a 100,000-gallon pool will cost between $6 and $30 for the water alone every time the filters are backwashed, and this does not consider evaporation and splash-out.

“Regular backwashing is critical for filter operation and maintenance and to ensure the long life of the filter and filter media, reduce the power required by the pumps, and maintain good water quality. However, there are options worth exploring, including emerging filter technologies, that can reduce the strain on the local freshwater supply.”

For example, the Beijing Aquatic Center, built for the 2008 Olympics, has a system that collects the rainwater from the roof into a cistern to use as needed for makeup water.

“On the other end of the water equation is the actual water that is disposed of during backwash. This water is the vehicle that takes the dirt from the filters away from the facility. One suggestion is to recover the backwash water, filter and treat it, and then reintroduce it back into the pool as is done with large aquariums.”

“This typically is not suited for pools because it may violate health department regulations. Backwashing also helps control the level of TDS by maintaining proper dilution levels. But backwash water can still be put to good use; it can be run through a drum screen and used for greywater irrigation instead of using culinary water.”

There may be some concern with the chemical content in the backwash water. There are many places that will not allow backwash water to be dumped into the sanitary sewer because of the pool chemicals. This concern is raised primarily because of the risk of any oxidizers (i.e. chlorine) destroying the microorganisms required for the treatment of wastewater.

Except for a few cases, most backwash water has a low ORP level. If this does become an issue and concern, the addition of sodium thiosulfate will resolve this. If the backwash water is used for greywater irrigation, moderate levels of chlorine are not a concern since most culinary water systems already have a chlorine residual and have been successfully used for the watering of plants, trees and grasses.

There are alternatives to using chlorine as the primary sanitiser, which are cheaper and environmentally friendly.

Allen says: “One such alternative is the use of ozone working in tandem with chlorine or bromine. Ozone has received a bad reputation from health departments and pool operator courses.  While it is true that ozone can be dangerous if not dealt with correctly, a well-designed system will eliminate the risk of any harmful effects from ozone.

“Ozone is generated on-site as needed from ambient air, so there are fewer chemicals that need to be transported and stored, and no hazardous byproducts are created. You will still need to have chlorine in the pool as a residual sanitiser to meet health department requirements, but the amount of chlorine required is greatly reduced. This means that less chlorine needs to be produced, transported, and stored.”

Because of the savings in chemicals, an ozone system can usually pay for itself in two years or less. And as a bonus, water quality will be better.

Implementing and operating a “green” aquatic facility is not as overwhelming as it may sound.

Being environmentally conscious does not need to come at the expense of the patron’s experience or reduce a facility’s bottom line. In fact, an environmentally conscious facility will generally improve the patrons’ experience and also save the facility money.

“It is always easier to make a facility green starting from the design before it is even constructed, but even facilities that have been around for decades can improve operations that will have a tremendous positive impact. Proper maintenance, higher efficiency pumps, reducing chemical use and improving air quality are all items that should be addressed by every facility.

“Products and technology in the aquatic industry are continuously advancing. When items are due to be replaced, serious thought and consideration should be given to using high-efficiency and environmentally conscious products.

“At the end of the day, everyone benefits from a green facility.”

Cloward H2O brings water play to Beaches Turk & Caicos resort - 16th Mar 2023

Cloward H2O was responsible for designing and implementing a water feature project at Beaches Turk & Caicos resort, an all-inclusive family resort in the Caribbean. As part of the destination’s 45,000-square-foot waterpark, the firm was asked to design a small yet enjoyable water feature project.

The Traveler’s Choice Awards, presented by TripAdvisor, recently recognized the Beaches Turks and Caicos resort as having the world’s best beach. Introducing an exciting play structure next to it adds another draw for the destination.

Mohanad Abbood, an engineer, and project manager at Cloward H2O, led the Beaches Turk & Caicos Play Structure project as his first project.

Although the project seemed simple, there were certain problems that had to be solved. The team redesigned a section of the current waterpark, in cooperation with EDSA and BCQS International Construction, and needed to place new machinery and pipelines in a limited amount of space due to their constrained timeframe and available space.

To create fun children’s slides and other activities for a play structure in the centre of the resort, Abbood and his team were able to come up with a solution. Almost 1500 GPM of treated water flow rate was necessary for the project. The small space, which was bordered by a slow-moving river, piping, and concrete work, was the first challenge. The second was to create a filtration system with mechanical parts that would fit in the available space and continue to keep the existing features running.

In order to stay within the set constraints, the team successfully came up with a design that incorporated a new filtration system while making use of already-existing machinery to save money and time. Abbood was pleased with the project’s completion because it allowed the children to have more fun with the water feature.

“The project was an excellent opportunity for Mohanad to showcase his leadership skills and deliver noticeable engineering and planning work,” says a statement from the company. “Cloward H2O’s success was the result of effective collaboration, communication, and teamwork which enabled them to execute and complete projects on time and within budget.”

Cloward H2O shares insights into water feature control systems - 7th Mar 2023

Cloward H2O, wants to give some key information for those looking to choose the right water feature control system for their latest project. All aquatic systems need some type of control to automate portions of the system, like water level, temperature, filter operation, and water chemistry, but there are many different options and levels of complexity. Control systems can range from simple equipment interlocks to pre-packaged control systems, or full custom controls.

Firstly, stand-alone pools or water features that don’t require a lot of automation are best suited for the simple interlock control technique. This is sometimes referred to as “relay logic”, and does not call for any computerized or programmable logic controllers (PLCs).

“This approach ensures that various elements of the system cannot operate without the primary systems functioning by utilizing auxiliary contacts on the treatment pump or other equipment to power or enable those functions,” explains Rob Cloward, project manager and senior engineer at Cloward H2O.

Simple interlock control strategies are fairly inexpensive and easy to install, as well as being simple to troubleshoot and maintain. On the other hand, they are limited in capability and are not ideal for more complex functions, like implementing functional changes to the system, data log operation records, or sending alert notifications to operators in the event of a fault condition.

There are several packaged control systems available off the shelf that are appropriate for running aquatic systems. Onboard controllers for a particular piece of equipment that may connect to and control other common components are a common example of packaged controls. This particular controller is frequently seen in conjunction with specific Filter Control Panels and Chemical Controllers.

“In addition to controlling the filter or chemical feed, these controllers often have the ability to control treatment pumps, booster or feature pumps, water temperature, etc.,” says Rob Cloward. “Some can also be configured to send text/email/phone alerts to operators in the event of a system fault.

“The challenge with these on-board, pre-packaged units is that they too are limited in functionality and may only successfully control a portion of the overall system, especially if that system has multiple complexities.  These limitations can sometimes be overcome by creating a hybrid control system using both onboard controls and simple interlocks.  The customer and technical support of these systems is often very good.”

Some commercially available control systems are more of an add-on given by the manufacturer intended to easily connect to and control their equipment with the potential to additionally interface with other system components. These off-the-shelf controls can be highly configurable. They can store operational history for troubleshooting purposes and they may also be remotely accessed by a smartphone, tablet, or another device. They can provide automated operator alerts, and come with excellent customer and technical support.

Custom controls (pictured, top) can be configured to do just about anything, monitoring and controlling an unlimited number of pumps, filters, valves, heaters, lights, blowers, and many other types of equipment, based on parameters like pressure, flow, temperature or time. These systems can retain operator and service records, give operator alerts, enable remote connection, suggest remedial action and maintenance, and record operational data. The options are, essentially, limitless.

However, Rob Cloward adds:

“These systems can also be very expensive. Depending on the features, level of control, and functionality, the costs for these systems can range from several thousands of dollars to several hundred thousands of dollars.  These systems are also only as good as the person or company that builds, installs, and programs the system.  When done correctly, custom control systems can be a tremendous operations asset – reducing operation errors, identifying, and correcting potential issues before they become problems, and helping to optimize system parameters.”

Large aquatic facilities with numerous pools and features are frequently the greatest candidates for custom controls.

“The best control fit for your aquatic project depends on the types and numbers of aquatic features, and what you want the system to do,” says Rob Cloward. “Understanding what options are available along with operating expectations can help determine the best path forward.

“While a good control system can be a valuable asset to your project and facility, the control system can never replace good operators. A well-designed and constructed aquatic system, connected to an appropriate control system, operated by knowledgeable and competent operators is a recipe for success.”

Cloward H2O celebrates long-standing Atlantis aquatic resort projects - 6th Feb 2023

Cloward H2O, is revisiting two major premium resort projects in the Caribbean and Dubai as they celebrate over 25 years of success since Atlantis made its debut in The Bahamas. The company is using the opportunity of a new season to look back at how well some of its most iconic projects have endured through time:

“For more than four decades, Cloward H2O has been privileged to participate in the design and engineering of thousands of aquatic projects spanning virtually every aspect of aquatic attractions,” says a representative of the design company.

“These projects range from the simplest of fountains to large manmade lakes and river systems, hotel amenity pools to full-scale waterparks, and individual aquarium tanks to some of the largest aquarium facilities in the world.

Atlantis Paradise Island

The venue is home to an array of aquatic activities designed to compete with the top water park amenities in the world within a beautifully landscaped and themed environment, setting a new benchmark for quality and innovation.

Cloward H2O collaborated with DTJ Design as the site designer and ProSlide Technology to develop Baha Bay, a $200 million beachfront luxury themed waterpark in the Bahamas that combines relaxation and excitement.

Despite the schedule constraints, this 15-acre park in Nassau opened in July 2021, with Cloward H2O developing and engineering the pools and aquatic systems for all of the park’s water attractions, including aquatic structural, mechanical, and electrical design.

A river system runs through the park, as well as a 500,000-gallon wave pool, and a state-of-the-art FlowCurl surf simulator from WhiteWater, alongside rafting and body slides.

Turtle Beach and Stingray Cove are two kid-friendly zones with small pools, twisty slides, a multi-level play structure with a tipping bucket, and a battle zone built for fun and excitement. Baha Bay features 11 custom-designed slide complexes from ProSlide’s cutting-edge Best Rides collection.

Cloward H2O collaborated closely with the project design team to ensure that each pool had the greatest possible qualities, including crystal clear water, high-end finishes, and low-maintenance operation. The consumption of power and water was a key consideration.

The end result saw the project being named the Caribbean’s Leading Water Park 2022 in the World Travel Awards, and receiving the Gold Nugget Merit Award for Best International Resort/Hotel.

“Developing a park like this on an island challenges the engineering team to use resources as efficiently as possible.” says Allen Clawson principal and managing partner at Cloward H2O. “Our team was able to implement best practices and technologies resulting in significant water use reduction, lower power consumption, and savings on chemical use when compared with typical waterparks.”

When Atlantis Paradise Island first opened its doors in phase one in 1994, it set a new benchmark for hotels and outdoor facilities in the resort hospitality sector. With each successive development, it continued to raise the bar.

Phase Two included numerous swimming pools and slides, including the landmark Leap of Faith, as well as aquarium attractions containing 50,000 animals in a fully immersive ancient Atlantean habitat. This slide, the first of its type in the world, drops riders more than 60 feet from the top of a Mayan Pyramid into clear plastic slide portions that blast them through the shark tank.

Aquaventure, a one-of-a-kind, 141-acre waterscape with additional pools, a downhill action river with rapids, tidal surges, and various other effects, and Dolphin Cay, an 11-acre interactive dolphin lagoon that includes swimming coves and sandy beaches, pools, an education centre, an animal rescue rehabilitation hospital, and other animal care facilities, was added in Phase Three to complete the offering.

Atlantis became the first mega-resort of its kind at its opening, and even more than 25 years later, continues to set high standards for premium resorts across the world.

“The sheer size and complexity of a 141-acre water park designed and engineered by Cloward H2O on hotel grounds turned these impossible dreams into reality. Pioneering new types of aquatic attractions on a scale such as this resulted in what is still considered the top vacation destinations in the world,” adds the firm.

A key objective of the resort is to help maintain the Bahamas’ unique ecosystem for future generations of visitors, something in which Atlantis remains a key stakeholder.

The Atlantis Blue Project Foundation is a nonprofit organization that has worked since 2007 to protect species and their habitats throughout the Bahamas and the Caribbean Sea, funded and supported by Atlantis Resort.

Atlantis guests can participate in interactive learning opportunities and special encounters with animals in their secure enclosures while helping to develop sanctuaries for various species.

Atlantis The Palm

Atlantis The Palm is located in Dubai on the artificial Palm Island. The resort launched in 2008 and quickly became the largest aquarium and largest waterpark in the middle east, replicating in one go what took three phases and 15 years to create in the Bahamas. With its latest expansion, Atlantis’s Aquaventure Waterpark has become the largest waterpark in the world.

Atlantis boasts a variety of resort dining establishments, luxury retailers, a lively nightclub, spa and fitness centre, as well as a large number of meeting and event rooms which remain in high demand thanks to its impressive location atop The Palm Jumeirah crescent.

The vision of bringing Atlantis’ ancient civilization to the UAE was successfully transformed by Cloward H2O and the resort’s design team into a distinctive water playground with one-of-a-kind attractions.

Its famous 27.5-meter Leap of Faith drops riders through a clear acrylic tunnel submerged in a lagoon filled with sharks, whilst Shark Attack spins riders in tubes through darkness before emerging into another acrylic tunnel suspended in a real shark tank.

There are also three Master Blaster slides and a 2.3 km Rapids loop which allows riders to traverse river sections of high-intensity whitewater rapids and waterfalls interspersed with calmer sections, opening up to large zero-entry pools with roomy sundecks.

The main draw of the resort is its aquatic activities, including both freshwater and marine attractions. Aquaventure features over 18 million litres of water across its 17 hectares. More than 65,000 fish and other sea life representing more than 250 species live in the 42 million litres of salt water that are present throughout the entire resort.

The primary attraction, Ambassador Lagoon, is designed to resemble the streets and boulevards of the fabled lost city of Atlantis. The habitat includes marine species from the Arabian Gulf and the adjacent area’s local waterways.

Seawater is taken from the Arabian Gulf into an open-flow system through a nearly four million-liter reservoir. Before entering the marine habitats surrounding the resort, the water is filtered through sand, treated with ozone, and sanitized.

This aquatic ecosystem closely resembles the conditions that marine species would encounter in the wild, with continual environmental change and seasonal temperature variations. A fish hospital with isolation pools for babies, sick, and acclimating marine creatures will also be part of the marine ecosystem.

“Throughout our years in business, we have had the pleasure of forming many lasting friendships and wonderful partnerships with the people and firms that we have worked with all over the world. We have learned that providing excellent services and quality material always pays off in the long run,” says Corry Cloward, president and managing partner at Cloward H2O.

Cloward H2O Returns for Second Boca Resort Project - 23rd Jan 2023

The Boca resort was initially conceived in the 1920s by renowned Florida architect Addison Mizner, and it debuted in 1926. The resort, which was first known as the Ritz Carlton Cloister Inn, swiftly attained a five-star classification. The resort now spans more than 200 lake and seaside acres with five different hotels after adding more rooms, restaurants, and gardens throughout the following century.

The first time Cloward H2O was involved with the renowned resort operator was in 2005 when the Boca Beach Club underwent refurbishment and had water elements added to complement the stunning surroundings. Cloward H2O finished the design for four new luxurious and relaxing seaside pools and different fountains in 2007, working with EDSA and Garcia Stromberg.

The same client called Cloward H2O again in 2019 to restore a different area of the site, the Boca Raton Resort & Club. Nearly a century after its first debut, the $200 million resort in southeast Florida opened earlier this year, ushering in a new era for the company.

Together with EDSA, Garcia Stormberg, and Weller Pools, Cloward H2O designed a spectacular retreat for the contemporary traveler. Outdated features of the resort have been removed or improved, and new features have been added including four pools (one for adults only), a splash park, a 450-foot lazy river and two water slides.

A FlowRider surf simulator is also now available, allowing guests to sample the surfing experience without touching the shoreline.

Cloward H2O assisted with structural and waterproofing engineering for pool sections, mechanical and control system design, electricals for water play and spray features, water flow, and pipe network engineering.

The company were also consulted for water treatment design, water chemistry control, pipe layouts and electrical engineering for the equipment room and pools, including lighting selection.

“We are proud that Boca Beach has lasted over fifteen years,” says the president of Cloward H2O, Corry Cloward. “Cloward H2O aims for quality engineering design on every project out the door. This is enhanced by the many projects that last numbers of years across the world and in this case the old project brought forth the new.”

“Boca Beach was a redevelopment project aimed at creating a new space that would bring a new level of relaxation to the iconic resort. More than fifteen years later we are proud to do it again to Boca Raton Resort & Club with the same client.”

Cloward H2O’s Baha Bay Water Park project wins awards - 19th Dec 2022

Cloward H2O is celebrating the completion of a successful award-winning project in The Bahamas.

Baha Bay Water Park was meticulously designed to provide everything from a romantic encounter for couples seeking isolated lounge spaces to a world-class adrenaline experience for youths and a fun adventure for families.

The venue is home to an array of aquatic activities designed to compete with the top water park amenities in the world within a beautifully landscaped and themed environment, setting a new benchmark for quality and innovation.

Cloward H2O collaborated with DTJ Design as the site designer and ProSlide Technology to develop Baha Bay, a $200 million beachfront luxury themed waterpark in the Bahamas that combines relaxation and excitement.

Despite the schedule constraints, this 15-acre park in Nassau opened in July 2021, with Cloward H2O developing and engineering the pools and aquatic systems for all of the park’s water attractions, including aquatic structural, mechanical, and electrical design.

A river system runs through the park, as well as a 500,000-gallon wave pool, and a state-of-the-art FlowCurl surf simulator from WhiteWater, alongside rafting and body slides.

Turtle Beach and Stingray Cove are two kid-friendly zones with small pools, twisty slides, a multi-level play structure with a tipping bucket, and a battle zone built for fun and excitement. Baha Bay features 11 custom-designed slide complexes from ProSlide’s cutting-edge Best Rides collection.

Cloward H2O collaborated closely with the project design team to ensure that each pool had the greatest possible qualities, including crystal clear water, high-end finishes, and low-maintenance operation. The consumption of power and water was a key consideration.

The end result saw the project being named the Caribbean’s Leading Water Park 2022 in the World Travel Awards, and receiving the Gold Nugget Merit Award for Best International Resort/Hotel.

“Developing a park like this on an island challenges the engineering team to use resources as efficiently as possible.” says Allen Clawson principal and managing partner at Cloward H2O. “Our team was able to implement best practices and technologies resulting in significant water use reduction, lower power consumption, and savings on chemical use when compared with typical waterparks.”

Cloward H2O shares latest guidance for splash pad design - 5th Nov 2022

Cloward H2O wants to provided some advice for prospective purchasers of family water features in the areas of planning, safety and maintenance.

Urban environments, retail complexes, and leisure attractions that want to offer an alternative to the traditional pool frequently choose splash pads, also known as spray decks. These deck areas are often fitted with a variety of nozzles and above-ground spray toys, such as umbrellas, flowers, hydrants, and tipping buckets.

The first step in designing any kind of water feature is to hire a reputable design/engineering firm and confer with health and building departments who supervise project construction and issue building permits.

Accessibility and parking are key factors to take into account when choosing the location, and creative and intriguing approaches should be made to accommodate the site’s shape and contour.

“Splash Pads do not need to be round, square, or even flat – use your imagination!” says Bradley Clawson. “Research the types of features that are available but don’t feel limited to choosing from a single supplier. The engineer may even be comfortable incorporating custom features to get a specific unique effect.”

The manufacturer of each spray feature or toy will specify the “wet zone” or spray area as well as the needed flow (GPM) and pressure (psi). How close to the splash pad’s edge a feature may be installed depends on its spray area.

The design should feature appropriately sloping surfaces that are suitable for kids to play on and catch all the water in big enough drains, often greater than 1:50 (2% slope) but less than 1:15 (7% slope). The finished surface must be slip-resistant and durable to foot traffic. Another consideration is to design an attractive landscape setting and incorporate appropriate shade.

An engineer will utilize technical data to size a system to provide the required flow and pressure through a piping network and to the individual features when taking into consideration the mechanical system. The simplest, with a flow-through design, performs well on splash pads with less than 20 nozzles.

With certified backflow protection, potable water from a municipal line can be directly linked to the pipe network. If adequate city water capacity is not easily available, an alternative is to use it to fill a tank or cistern that is large enough to hold the required amount of water which will then be pumped to the features.

To keep the flow demand within the range of the supply, a controller can be used to limit the number of sprayers that can be triggered at once. However, many institutions discover that flow-through splash pad water may be collected, stored, and used for landscape irrigation and therefore conserve water. Water from the feature nozzles often moves across the sloped deck to a collection drain. Because water does not circulate, this kind of system does not need filtering or a sanitizing system.

A second system type treats water in an underground storage reservoir, or catch basin, using an autonomously recirculating treatment system, much like a swimming pool treatment system.

The size of the filtration and sanitation system is frequently a concern with splash pads. A well-designed splash pad that attracts a lot of people can quickly overload the treatment system. Instead of designing to the bare minimum required by code, operators should allow for increased popularity over time. For instance, a splash pad project in Springville, Utah, had a predicted 100-person capacity for instantaneous visits but has occasionally seen up to 600 people at once and more than 2,500 in a single day.

Operators frequently struggle with quick chloramine buildup in the water as a result of the high bather/water ratio. Chloramines, a consequence of inadequate chlorine sanitation produced when pollutants interact with low amounts of chlorine in the circulating water, are responsible for the bad smell associated with water bodies.

It’s crucial to properly size the chemical storage tanks and chemical dosing system to manage peak demand if proper free chlorine levels are to be maintained in the water. The choice of sanitizing chemical is also important, with Cloward H2O recommending liquid chlorine (sodium hypochlorite) or tablet chlorine (calcium hypochlorite) as two of the best solutions in combination with an acid feeder for pH control.

With these considerations in mind, there are considerable benefits to opening a Splash Pad. Cloward H2O reports that the aforementioned Springville Splash Pad has contributed significantly to increased business traffic in the small downtown area, with patrons travelling significant distances to visit. Whilst some traditional pools in surrounding communities have to routinely shut down for maintenance or high chloramine levels, Springville continues to enjoy the benefits of its Splash Pad, especially in the summer season.

Clawson adds: “By following the recommendations above, organizations contemplating whether to build one can have the reassurance that the investment and effort are well worth it!”

Cloward H2O details work on award-winning Four Seasons Resort - 13th Oct 2022

Cloward H2O, an expert in aquatic design, is celebrating its award-winning project at Walt Disney World’s Four Seasons Resort, an Aquatics International Dream Designs Winner and the only destination of its type in Central Florida to receive a coveted AAA Five Diamond Award.

Over 11 hectares of tranquil waterside splendor are included within the Four Seasons Resort in Orlando, Florida, US. A magnificent spa and salon, six lively restaurants, three Har-Tru tennis courts, and a championship golf course with a 16-acre practice facility are just a few of the resort’s amenities.

The hotel has a 5-acre private water park with a lazy river, two slides, a splash area, a family pool, and a free kids’ camp, whilst the adults-only infinity edge pool has underwater acoustics, is encircled by palm trees, and has cabanas. On TripAdvisor, the resort is ranked among the top 1% of all luxury accommodations worldwide.

Each guest room has a balcony with furniture and panoramic views, as well as a full marble bathroom. The resort has 68 suites available, including the opulently large Royal Suite, which can be expanded into a 9-bedroom home.

The Cloward H2O team designed all the aquatic amenities for the project included waterfalls, bubbling rapids, and spray features alongside an 11,000-square-foot lazy river. Water cannons, geysers, spraying columns, waterfalls, and an interactive choreographed splash deck fountain also all feature as part of the Kids for All Seasons Splash Zone interactive water feature alongside a selection of water bodies.

Numerous fountain features, a family infinity edge pool, a family hydrotherapy pool, an infinity edge formal adult pool, and a hydrotherapy pool are among the property’s water features.

The site layout of all water features, along with the accompanying mechanical systems (such as pumping, piping, water treatment, and water chemistry), hydraulic and electrical systems, as well as a detailed description of all pool conditions, was designed and engineered by Cloward H2O.

“This water complex needed the appropriate level of design sophistication,” says Damon Roberts, Project Manager. “The result was this water fantasy with amenities for every age and proclivity, and a meticulously implemented storyline whose aesthetic matches the resort’s overall architecture.”

The water facility was designed to resemble Florida’s heyday of Spanish Revival architecture, with two distinct areas, one for families and the other for adults, each taking a different approach to this design.

The adult area is situated closest to the main resort, where it is readily integrated into the hotel design. This area exudes a formal Spanish garden design for a sense of calm, with ample plantings and items aligned symmetrically along a perpendicular grid. Granite, travertine tile, and cast stone all contribute to the opulent atmosphere.

In a tribute to Florida’s past, Explorers Island, a family-friendly area, is styled as a 19th-century citrus plantation house. Explore the abandoned mansion tower, which also houses the climbing wall and slides.

According to the story, a Florida boil spring burst in the wine cellar of the estate and subsequently flowed out in the form of cascading waterfalls over a meandering river and wine barrel sprays. The mansion appears older than it is due to purposefully selected darker stone veneers.

A contemporary resort vibe is added by the use of travertine, glass mosaic tile, and modern furniture. To create the image of a natural Florida wetland, sabal palms in the area are purposefully leaning.

“The Cloward H2O team is committed to excellence and to the partnerships that bring iconic projects such as Four Seasons Resort to life. We are proud to be a part of a legacy of excellence, pioneering new aquatic attractions on a grand scale and engineering excellence that stands the test of time,” adds Damon.

Cloward H2O explores the secrets to making water rides work smoothly - 17th Sept 2022

How do large water rides work?

“Firstly, we need to understand that there are two different mechanical systems at work on the water, the feature system and the treatment system,” explains Brad Clawson, a project manager at Cloward H2O.

Large water slides, like the one pictured above, have several different pump inlets where water is introduced into the flume.  The first is at the top of the ride, and then additional water is added to either increase or decrease speed along the ride. Sometimes water is also added to send riders uphill

For a large multi-person raft ride with uphill and bowl portions, there are likely to be around five separate feature pumps, requiring around 200 kilowatts (kW) of power and moving around 7,500 gallons per minute (gpm).

At the end of the ride, there is a catch or plunge pool, for instance around 30,000 gallons, and there is also often an additional balance or collection tank, for instance around 8,000 gallons. This is hydraulically balanced with the pool to handle additional surge water needed in order for the slide to function properly.

The treatment system, which will need to be designed according to local codes, requires an additional 20 kW power demand, approximately, with the treatment pump servicing the filters and other water treatment components operating at around 700 gpm.

While making sure the waterslide functions properly with the appropriate flow rates, it is also important for waterpark operators to consider effective water quality control.

“Effective water quality control relies on the implementation of multiple methods as barriers to contamination,” says Clawson. “As technology and understanding improve, these methods increase the ability of engineers to design effective systems and operators to run them efficiently. Available technologies should be evaluated for suitability in each application.

“Though many alternative methods and products are available, the primary approach for water treatment should follow well-established parameters and standards.”

The four basic components of water quality management systems

There are four basic components of any active water quality management system, and these must all must work together to achieve consistent water clarity and maintain microbial control.


Though local adaptation may be required; treatment circulation is sized with a flow rate such that a “turnover rate” sufficient to interrupt microbial life cycles and provide continuous monitoring is achieved.

“Circulation must ensure that water contained in the water body is well mixed and distributed, thus subjected to treatment. Typical turnover rates for slide plunge pools are 1 hour.”


Filtration technology employed must be effective in removing suspended particulate material and debris from the water.  Clarity standards are achieved by ensuring that water is circulated and that particles larger than the visual acuity threshold are removed.  The bottom of the water body should be clearly visible from above.

“Maintaining water clarity better than 0.5 NTU or visibility of a 150mm Secchi disk in the deepest portion of the water is recommended,” says Clawson. “Regardless of other considerations, filtration is the key component not only for clarity but to reduce favorable living conditions for micro-organisms.”

Oxidation & Sanitation

Oxidation is the process of chemically reacting with dissolved contaminants for the purpose of destroying or converting them to a filterable state so that they are removed.  Sanitation is the process of destroying microorganisms in the water.

“An excellent solution that can provide both sanitation and oxidation is ozone,” explains Clawson. “Return water is further dosed with a low-level residual of chlorine to further inhibit microbial growth in the main body of water.  Providing a residual chlorine level in the water is required by health departments.”

“If numbers like 220 kW and 8,200 gpm are surprising, then getting aquatic designers and engineers on board early in the process will be helpful in making sure reality is kept in check during the design process,” adds Clawson.  “Engineers are here to help protect the health, safety, and welfare of the public, especially at waterparks.

“But, engineers are also here to help make sure waterslides function properly, and that’s why doing what we do is not only work, but it’s fun.”

Cloward H2O celebrates success of Bass Pro Shop aquariums - 10th Aug 2022

Cloward H2O reflects on the success of projects with a major sporting retailer in the US.

Cabela’s and Bass Pro are market leaders in hunting, fishing, and outdoor merchandise found throughout the US and Canada. Alongside the shopping experience, its stores frequently feature themed aquarium exhibits which showcase fish species typical of the local region of each venue.

Between 2005 and 2018, Cloward H2O collaborated closely with Cabela’s and Bass Pro Shops, being a major contributor to the expansion and renovation of their retail offering. The designer provided more than 100 aquarium exhibits, found throughout 60 different sites across North America.

The Cloward H2O engineering team heavily supported each store with structural engineering for water-containing structures and mechanical engineering for all Aquatic Life Support Systems, as well as back-of-house aquatic support and electrical power distribution and aquatic system automation controls.

Bass Pro Shops opened their much-anticipated headline superstore on 29 April 2015. Built within the former home of the NBA Memphis Grizzlies, the Memphis Pyramid, the conversion of the gigantic pyramid structure to an expansive destination retail experience has been widely documented.

One million people, over twice the population of Memphis itself, had visited the Bass Pro-operated Pyramid location by 4 August.

The Cloward H2O engineering team designed water features containing more than 400,000 gallons of water features, anchored by an indoor 1.5-acre Cypress Swamp and various other aquarium exhibits. Visitors will discover displays housing fish native to the Mississippi Delta, as well as live Alligators and waterfowl.

The pyramid is also home to the world’s largest collection of waterfowl taxidermy, an archery range, bowling, restaurants and the Big Cypress Lodge, with rustic-style accommodation.

“We wish to congratulate Bass Pro and Cabela’s on their tremendous growth and continued success in bringing their brand and products to regions across the US and Canada and we look forward to many more opportunities to support their effort to create a unique and exciting retail experience for their guests,” says Allen Clawson, principal and managing partner at the company.

Cloward H2O helps renovate Colorado’s Water World - 16th July 2022

Cloward H2O has designed and engineered aquatic systems for one of North America’s oldest and largest waterparks as part of a major renovation now open to swimmers and guests.

Water World, found ten miles north of Denver, brought the first waterslides to the state of Colorado when it debuted in 1979. The following decades have seen a series of upgrades and expansions, leading to today’s seventy-acre site featuring over fifty attractions.

The latest expansion area is found near the gondola ride, remodeling the former Fun House Express, one of the industry’s first interactive water play structures, into a new Colorado-themed Alpine Springs zone. Among the new attractions are Roaring Forks, a two-lane ProSlide RocketBLAST water coaster, and the Centennial Basin, a ProSlide CannonBOWL, alongside social areas and cabanas.

The engineering and construction teams had to use creative solutions to create a design that worked around existing infrastructure, facilitating new mechanical systems, pumps and pipes. Working with Cloward H2O and ProSlide Technology was site designer DTJ Design who worked closely with the Water World operations team to ensure the new attractions ran smoothly from day one.

Allen Clawson, Cloward H2O principal, grew up locally and visited the park almost forty years ago.

He says: “It was gratifying to me personally to work with this fantastic facility that has operated so successfully for more than four decades. These new slides complement the classics that I remember as a kid and continue bringing new excitement to park guests.

“Cloward H2O congratulates Water World and the development team for the successful completion and opening of these two new attractions.”

Cloward H2O looks back at gulf resort investment - 12th May 2022

The Madinat Jumeirah Resort is one of the largest luxury resort properties in Dubai on the Arabian Gulf.

Resort guests can enjoy a variety of aquatic experiences including fountains and pools, accompanied by a complex 5.4 km saltwater water system connecting the resort’s amenities. This provides the ideal network for guests to transverse by Abras, the traditional Arabian fishing boats.

The resort, boasting authentic Arabian themes, opened in September 2003 as what the firm calls “a destination of unique qualities and outstanding beauty”.

The expansive accommodation comprises two boutique hotels and courtyard summer houses which can benefit from facilities including a traditional souk, a Six Senses Spa, and a wide range of recreational facilities such as the resort’s Quay Health club. Madinat Jumeirah Resort is also home to one of the region’s leading conference and banqueting centres.

Cloward H2O was involved in aquatic amenities engineering and design for the Middle Eastern project. The firm says its team conducted the project with industry best practices in mind, ensuring its client benefited from long-term efficiency and satisfactory quality. Cloward H2O used state-of-the-art technologies and customized solutions to ensure safe and crystal-clear water for Madinat Jumeirah.

Damon Roberts, project manager at Cloward H2O says, “ we are grateful for the friendships that were made on this iconic project and to be able to continue designing and creating projects with these momentous companies. Cloward H2O is proud that this one-of-a-kind resort has stayed in pristine operation for almost 20 years.”

The firm worked alongside Africon, DSA Architects International, EDSA, Jumeirah International and Mirage Mille Leisure & Development for the project.

Cloward H2O reflects on built-to-last project at uShaka Marine World - 17th Mar 2022

Cloward H2O is looking back at the work it completed for uShaka Marine World in Durban, South Africa, almost two decades ago. The firm was the aquatic specialist for this large-scale project, a 16-hectare theme park with eight different attractions: uShaka Sea World, uShaka Wet ‘n Wild, uShaka Sea Animal Encounters Island, uShaka Beach, uShaka Village Walk, uShaka Kids World, uShaka Dangerous Creatures and Chimp & Zee.

The company provided aquatics expertise for the aquatic complex, encompassing the uShaka Sea World aquarium and the uShaka Wet ‘n Wild water park.

uShaka Sea World

With more than six million gallons of water, uShaka Sea World Aquarium is the largest in the southern hemisphere and features a unique themed entrance with a realistic 1940s cargo ship shipwrecked beside the snorkeling lagoon. Guests enter through a “labyrinth of shipwrecks” and can discover 350 species of fish and other sea life.

The aquarium also holds one of the biggest variety of sharks in the world including bull and ragged-tooth sharks, and its penguin exhibit is home to more than 63 African penguins. Visitors can enjoy interactive activities at this attraction, for example, snorkeling, touch pools and a rocky reef exhibit.

Other highlights include the Open Ocean and Dangers of the Deep exhibits, as well as the Coral Gardens and the Deep Zone.

uShaka Sea World houses the research facilities of the Oceanographic Research Institute (ORI), and the South African Association for Marine Biological Research (SAAMBR).

uShaka Wet ‘n Wild World

At Wet ‘n Wild, guests can enjoy separate swimming pools for kids and adults, relaxing river rides and high-speed chutes for the adrenaline junkies. The attraction is also home to the highest slide in Africa, which is 72m long, six stories high and at a 30-degree inclination.

For younger guests, there is a mini-super tube and a play area with a water cannon and water mushrooms. Meanwhile, older guests can experience the Open-body ride – sometimes referred to as the washing machine. This is a high-water volume ride that accelerates riders through bends at a rate of about 4-5 meters per second.

Other rides include the Tunnel – a roller-coaster enclosed ride speeding round the curves at four meters per second – as well as the Kamikaze speed slide, Stuka Speed slide, Five Lane Racer, and the Fast River ride, or relax into the Family Rafter.

The freshwater entertainment venue operates year-round.

Cloward H2O celebrates approval of DSRT Surf Resort - 17th Feb 2022

Cloward H2O has been working alongside Beach Street Development, Architects Orange, The Altum Group, Coffman Engineers, and Wavegarden on the DSRT Surf Resort in California for nearly 5 years, and is celebrating the project’s recent final planning approval.

DSRT Surf Resort, which is expected to open in 2023, will be the world’s first fully-integrated inland surfing resort. The project will add a new surfing and outdoor attraction to the Desert Willow Golf Resort in Palm Desert.

The 18-acre site will include a 92 key surf destination hotel, with pools, hot tubs, a restaurant and bar, and 83 privately-owned residential villas, featuring views of and access to a 5.5-acre surf lagoon.

The innovative new surf centre will provide world-class facilities, with waves for everyone from beginners to pros thanks to the Wavegarden Cove surf technology. Visitors can enjoy a surf academy, retail and rentals, alongside a pump track, putting greens, pickleball and an upscale spa facility.

“We are thrilled with the recent unanimous approval by City Council and Planning Commission, moving the project past final entitlement,” says Allen Clawson, principal at Cloward H2O.

“Surf parks have the ability to bring the sport to any location, making it more accessible to a wider audience. Modern surf wave technology produces the perfect wave several times per minute, consistently pumping waves in the same location each time.

“DSRT Surf provides an accessible, safe, and predictable means for the practice of the sport allowing surfers to perfect their turns and air or just enjoy time on the water without worrying about dangers such as rocks, reefs, riptides, or sharks.”

Costing over $200 million, DSRT Surf aims to bring new economic opportunities to the area by providing a year-round destination. It is expected to create more than 400 jobs in Palm Desert.

One notable part of the project is a unique “Turf for Surf” program, which will offset water used by the surf lagoon by converting portions of the adjoining golf course with desert landscaping. This is key for a location that is challenged by drought conditions, and a project that will need around 54 million gallons of water a year. This amount is more than offset by water use reduction to the golf courses.

“It may seem counter-intuitive, but water use by the surf lagoon is considerably less than what is needed for an equivalent area of irrigated golf course. It is also less water per area than developing into residential condos. In fact, the entire impact of this development is equivalent to 38 single-family residences,” says Clawson.

Cloward H2O is honored to have an integral role in the design and engineering of the DSRT Surf project and is looking forward to seeing the destination take shape as the construction phase is now set to begin.

Cloward H2O looks back at beachside project - 24th Jan 2022

Cloward H2O worked alongside a talented team to manage the engineering design for a renovation of the resort which has its origins in the late 19th-century.

Cloward H2O worked on the design of water features for an expansion of The Breakers’ Beach Club facilities, including the installation of a luxury relaxation swimming pool, activity swimming pool, three Jacuzzi spas and a fountain feature.

Constructed in 1896, The Breakers is a luxury oceanfront hotel providing views across some of Florida’s most beautiful beachfront stretches.

As one of North America’s most iconic resorts, The Breakers is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places. During the Second World War, The Breakers was temporarily converted into the US Army’s Ream General Hospital. Thousands of servicing individuals used the venue to recuperate from illnesses and wounds during the war.

Moving into the 21st century, The Breakers is now used for couples to escape the strains of everyday life, relaxing in upscale accommodation besides Palm Beach.

Some of the unique selling points of the resort include its contribution to minimizing its impact on the environment, improving community wellbeing, and its premium status as an AAA Five Diamond property.

One of the key attractions however is the stunning seaside pool that sets the scene, provided by Cloward H2O.

One of project manager Rob Cloward‘s first projects at Cloward H2O was at The Breakers. In 2004, Rob worked with the resort team to design and plan a long-term amenity area that would complement the heritage and luxurious feel of the existing resort and buildings.

The pools were requested by the operators to create new intimate spaces from which guests would have spectacular views of the resort and the nearby ocean sands.

Respecting the resort history and ensuring future sustainability was a key priority, and due care was taken to prepare for this during the works. Measures including extensive added soil and rock layer undegrading as well as strong-form shotcrete and concrete would keep the structure free from the prospective dangers of environmental erosion, close to the coastline.

Essential components such as the mechanical room were located remotely from resort guests’ view lines, to ensure the luxury experience was not interrupted. This did lead to some piping challenges that had to be addressed (as the mechanical room was farther away than typical), meaning flow and pipe calculations were required to guarantee the length would not affect system hydraulics.

The beach which surrounds the resort is used by sea turtles as a nesting ground, so special considerations were implemented into the designs so that the turtles’ nesting patterns were not disrupted.

Sea turtles can be very sensitive to focused and bright lights, with artificial lights disorientating newborns as they travel from nests to the sea after hatching. With this knowledge, Cloward worked carefully to minimize light levels around the resort’s pools, ensuring turtles will be safe as well as hotel guests.

The resort reinvests approximately $30 million annually into revitalization projects, including its pools, that help keep the resort’s history alive. Such projects have ensured that The Breakers could celebrate its 125th Anniversary last year. Corry Cloward managing partner and president at Cloward H2O says “we are proud to have been a part of this historic hotel’s history to help keep it luxurious and alive for many years to come.”

Cloward H2O announces new whitewater project in Montgomery, Alabama - 15th Nov 2021

Cloward H2O, an expert in aquatic design, is working on the new Montgomery Whitewater Center, alongside S2o, Liquid Design and GMC. The new whitewater and outdoor recreation facility sits on a 120-acre site in downtown Montgomery, near I-65, and aims to redefine the area as a young professional and family destination.

The centre, which is set to open in summer 2023, will feature whitewater rapids that wind through shops and restaurants, as well as other attractions such as a zip line tower. The plans also include an outdoor performance venue, a hotel and a conference centre.

The project was approved in 2019 and construction started in summer 2021. Once complete, the Montgomery Whitewater Center is expected to employ over 125 people.

“This is not your typical pool,” says Allen Clawson, principal overseeing the project for Cloward H2O. “The structural, waterproofing, and mechanical systems employed to manage and contain the 10,000,000 gallons of very active water are somewhat complex, as you can imagine.”

For this project, Cloward H2O is providing engineering services for the pump station, upper and lower basins, river channel structural and waterproofing. It is also working on whitewater flow circulation pumping, water quality management systems, control and automation systems, as well as several specialty items such as conveyor systems, slalom gates, and obstacles within the course.

Braden Steiner, project manager for Cloward H2O, says that the technical challenges are overcome through the application of the firms broad and diverse aquatic engineering experience: “We have been fortunate to be able to apply our experience with other large venues in tackling these challenges.”

The facility, which will be one of a few recirculating whitewater parks in the country, features two separate river channels providing an Olympic standard course and a dynamic recreation channel, bringing whitewater rafting to an accessible location. Visitors will also be able to enjoy climbing, zip lines, mountain biking, rope courses and more.

The rapids will include 10,000,000 gallons of surging whitewater. To power this, the pump station will employ five 750 Hp vertical turbine pumps for a total of 500,000 gpm, enough to fill an Olympic sized swimming pool in less than 80 seconds, feeding the two whitewater channels which are designed to drive class III, IV, and V rapids.

This will also serve as an Olympic training facility and will host world-class competitions, as well as providing first responder training. The projected annual visitation is around 300,000.

The Montgomery Whitewater Center will bring the thrill of whitewater parks to visitors of all ages and experiences in a safe, controlled environment.

Cloward H2O highlights man-made lake restoration at Vidanta’s Nuevo Vallarta Resort - 15th Oct 2021

Cloward H2O worked with Grupo Vidanta on a permanent solution for some of the challenges with its man-made lakes at its flagship resort property in Puerto Vallarta. These lakes add to the atmosphere of the destination, however, as a result of runoff from the surrounding landscape and the process of eutrophication, they had developed algae growth, sludge deposits, unpleasant vibrant green color, foaming, and foul odors.

Cloward H2O’s aquatic engineering team worked on solutions to restore the lakes, providing engineering for augmentation of existing infrastructure with key components to solve the lakes’ hydraulic, water quality, and high nutrient (nitrogen & phosphate) issues.

Eutrophication is the build-up of nutrients, leading to dense plant & algae growth, stratification, decay and anaerobic conditions. To solve the issue, project manager Dan Aldred, principal Allen Clawson and their team took inspiration from nature, aiming to replicate the process that takes place in natural lakes.

The engineering team looked at conditions in the existing lakes to identify the key factors and locations where augmentation would have the largest overall impact on water quality. They discovered that insufficient circulation and flow patterns were causing stagnant areas within the lakes.

To resolve this, Cloward H2O brought in a redesigned circulation system, featuring pumps, inlets, outlets and waterfalls that work to direct flow, allowing the water to move and circulate.

Water quality was also improved by removing suspended material from runoff and algae growth. The team added water treatment modules to the circulation system, to boost water clarity and sanitation. The technologies used include low-waste and high-capacity filtration, along with chemical-free ozone for highly effective oxidation and sanitation, resulting in clean, clear water.

Algae growth is encouraged by high levels of nitrogen and phosphates. Cloward H2O analyzed the nutrient inputs and outputs of the lakes and introduced measures to reduce runoff, treat the source waters, and provide beneficial plant growth. This helps to balance the nutrient loads. Now, combined with the improved hydraulics, filtration and sanitation, algae growth is limited, and a healthy balance is maintained in the lakes, year-round.

“Engineered solutions for optimal hydraulic flow, reduction in suspended solids, oxidation, sanitation, and healthy nutrient balance effectively restored Vidanta’s man-made lakes to the attractive and beautifying asset they were meant to be,” says Clawson. “Cloward H2O is pleased to have been entrusted with delivering “Water Perfected” in this meaningful project and partnership with Grupo Vidanta.”

Cloward H2O looks back at success of fountain project in Centennial Olympic Park - 28th Sept 2021

Cloward H2O is celebrating the longevity and legacy of one of its earlier projects, The Fountain of Rings, which is the centerpiece of Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta, Georgia. Completed in 1996, it is now visited by millions of guests each year, both local and international.

The Fountain of Rings is the world’s largest interactive fountain, featuring the Olympic Rings symbol, and was created especially for the 1996 Summer Olympics. It is set in a 21-acre park that serves as Georgia’s lasting legacy of the Centennial Olympic Games, as well as anchoring efforts to revitalize residential and commercial development in Atlanta.

Cloward H2O provided consulting engineering services for the original design of the fountain prior to the opening of the 1996 Summer Olympic Games.

Visitors can enjoy a unique fountain show and splash pad, with computer-controlled lights and jets that are synchronized with music. The fountain’s jets can shoot 12 to 35 feet in the air. It was designed by Cloward H2O for both show and play, and park-goers often use it to cool off on hot days.

This computer-controlled fountain concept has since been replicated in other urban designs such as Dundas Square in Toronto and in commercial uses such as the Bellagio Fountains at the Bellagio Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

There are flags for each of the countries to host a Summer Olympics previous to the event in 1996, surrounding the foundation area, as well as eight 65-foot-tall light towers that echo the design of classic Greek columns. The park also features several sculptures, such as a statue of the father of the modern Olympic Games, Pierre de Coubertin, as well as a small amphitheatre.

Centennial Olympic Park is the biggest downtown park built in the country in the last 25 years. AS well as the fountain, it is also home to playgrounds, green spaces, and a small stage. Visitors can also visit nearby attractions such as The Coca-Cola Museum, the Aquarium, Children’s Imagine IT Museum, the CNN Center and Georgia Dome.

“Cloward H2O is proud to have been a part of this unique and special attraction space in Georgia as the fountain has remained in operation for more than 25 years,” says the company.

The fountain itself is operational every day of the year, often doing four shows per day.

Cloward H2O recognized in Aquatics International’s Dream Designs awards - 6th Aug 2021

Cloward H2O has announced that two of its recent projects have been named in this year’s Dream Designs awards by Aquatics International.

The company was the aquatic designer/consultant for Tidal Cove Waterpark in Aventura, Florida, and the architect & aquatic designer/consultant for HyTides Waterpark at the Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa, in Indian Wells, California.

Tidal Cove

The five acres Tidal Cove boasts the most slides and activities in Miami Dade County. It is home to a 60-foot tower with seven slides, a lazy river and a three-rider surf simulator. There is also a kids waterplay tower, an entry pool and an oasis pool. It has been voted as one of the top 10 new attractions in the country, according to USA Today’s 10 Best Readers’ Choice 2020 Travel Awards.

Highlights include two steep drop slides, a family-style raft boomerango slide, a multi-lane Whizzard High-speed enclosed tube slide for racing and the world’s first double tube master blaster water coaster, as well as a double tube Constrictor ride. Rides were provided by WhiteWater.

The landscaping of the resort is modern and simple, with many palm trees included to make it feel like a tropical getaway. One challenge that the Cloward H2O team faced was the fact that the pools and structures had to be built on piles because of the high groundwater and the swamp-like land area. Engineering design accounted for this, so no significant settling or future water rises will affect the structural integrity.

Speaking about some of the design decisions, a spokesperson from the company says:

“The different pools were designed to create separate spaces in the landscape within the overall pool amenity area. This allows for a more intimate feel to each space while still providing the full variety of features.

Meanwhile: “The Kids Cove was meant to be a fun, whimsical area within the overall amenity.  The landscaping sets this area apart from the other pools and creates a unique experience for the kids. Rather than creating a mythical or fantasy type theme that might feel contrived, the design team chose to go play with summertime staple – the ice cream and candy shop.”

HyTides Waterpark

HyTides Waterpark at the Hyatt Regency has a large 4230-square-foot pool with an iconic water tower and two tube slides. There is also a 2073 square-foot kids pool and a 912-square-foot splash pad, as well as a 547-foot river pool. Prior to this project, existing amenities include a desert pipewave slide, food and beverage options, a turf lawn, cabanas and a wood deck.

The expansion has allowed the resort to cater to more guests and add more entertainment options while keeping its classic feel. The resort is located in an area where water is a valuable resource. Using cutting-edge technology and detailed calculations, Cloward H2O was able to significantly reduce water usage and power necessary for such an amenity.

“Many challenges were overcome in the renovation of under-utilized space on the grounds to create HyTides Waterpark at Hyatt Regency Indian Wells Resort & Spa including opening in the midst of pandemic conditions,” says the company.

“Successful projects always involve close collaboration and partnership between the owner, design, and construction team. It was a great pleasure to work with EDSA, Inc., TERRA Engineering, Ltd., Pinnacle Design, WhiteWater, Hamel Group of Companies, CalCom Pools, and Hyatt on this beautiful resort renovation project.”

The expansion included the addition of a unique water tower, designed to fit within the resort setting instead of the typical steel towers often seen in waterparks, as well as providing a memorable view.

“Hyatt was a challenging renovation project,” says Allen Clawson, Principal. “The desert environment added many constraints along with infrastructure, including part of a feature lake existing in an underutilized portion of the property. Facilitating water use was a key priority for our team.

“We wanted to bring new life to this much-loved resort but also make it environmentally and economically friendly. Our team was up to the task and guests now have an inviting new experience awaiting them at their stay.”

Cloward H2O celebrates past project at Sandy Lane Resort & Spa - 23rd Jul 2021

Cloward H2O is reflecting on the success of one of its key built-to-last projects at Sandy Lane Resort & Spa. This luxury Caribbean resort features multi-level pools and spas, as well as five hydrotherapy pools, a penthouse swimming pool and numerous koi ponds, fountains and wading areas.

Guests can enjoy the 47,000 square foot spa, four restaurants, seven bars and three golf courses when they stay at the resort, which boasts 112 guestrooms and suites as well as a five-bedroom villa.

Cloward H2O provided complete engineering design and construction administration services for the elegant multi-level pool and waterfalls, the hydrotherapy pools, the rooftop penthouse swimming pools, three koi ponds and numerous fountains.

This s scope of work included the design of all mechanical systems for the water features throughout the resort including pumping, piping, water treatment, water chemistry, waterproofing, structural detailing and design. In addition, the company worked on the electrical and mechanical designs including wiring, control diagrams, motor control centres, chemical monitoring, control systems and underwater pool lighting.

The resort has hosted many of the rich and famous and is also a much-loved family destination. Two of its world-renowned golf courses are 18-hole championship courses, designed by Tom Fazio. It also has one of the region’s largest spas, with a wide array of treatments on offer.

Sandy Lane has won many awards throughout the years. It is an AAA FiveDiamond Rated Resort and a Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Rated Resort.

“Sandy Lane is the example of expert engineering and the collaboration of a great project team,” says Rob Cloward. “Cloward H2O is never alone on any project and the design partners that brought their expertise to the project understood how to make this resort great. We are pleased to see Sandy Lane continuing to be successful, it’s the hope of every project to be a built to last facility.”

Cloward H2O’s work at Hilton Waikoloa Village is built to last - 4th June 2021

Cloward H2O is celebrating the success of one of its earlier projects, Hilton Waikoloa Village, where it provided engineering design for a three-quarter mile long saltwater boat way river with waterfalls and cascades, as well as three major pools with waterfalls and water slides and two major freshwater bird and fish exhibits with decorative waterfalls and cascades.

The company also worked on the swim with the dolphin exhibit and the saltwater lagoon that guests can snorkel in at the resort, which opened in 1988 as the Hyatt Regency Waikoloa and then became the Hilton Waikoloa Village in 1990.

The 62-acre resort can be found on a nine-mile stretch of the Kohola coast and is home to a four-acre ocean-fed saltwater lagoon, where visitors can swim and snorkel with sea turtles and tropical fish. Guests can also enjoy an interactive dolphin guest program, seven tennis courts, two 18-hole championship golf courses and the 25,000 square foot Kohala Spa. They can even ride between guest rooms on canal boats or air-conditioned trams.

Those wanting to relax or have fun by the pool have a choice of three swimming pools, with a range of waterfalls and slides as well as jacuzzis and a sand bottom play area. There is also an adult-only pool, complete with three luxury cabanas.

There are 1,113 guest rooms and 58 suites available, and the resort also offers a 20,000-square-foot shopping area, a ¾ mile-long museum and art walkway and award-winning dining.

The resort also features Dolphin Quest Hawaii, the only dolphin interaction of its kind on the Big Island, where guests can see dolphins close up and help to support marine conservation and education by taking part. This is an outdoor experience with extra safety measures to keep everyone safe during the pandemic.

Cloward H2O thinks outside the box for Bountiful Plaza’s new splash pad - 20th May 2021

Cloward H2O was asked by Environmental Planning Group (EPG Design) to work on a splash pad for the Bountiful City Park in Bountiful, Utah. This was a unique project which required a deep understanding of engineering principles, as well as some extra thought and innovation, in order to succeed.

The new splash pad involves a small headwater fountain at one end of the park, spilling over into an artistic, man-made shallow canal. This runs along the edge of the park and into a large water fountain, where visitors can enjoy cascading falls, spraying rocks, interactive features, bubblers and more.

Before starting work, the company needed to make sure that all applicable building and pool codes would be followed, as well as ensuring its own internal safety standards were met.

“We place safety as our primary concern at Cloward H2O and will not stamp a drawing set that does not meet all the codes and safety protocols,” says Dan Aldred, Project Manager at Cloward H2O. “Then, as we got further into the design, we found other challenges like elevation issues with the sewer being higher than expected. We engineered a special elevated sump for backwashing and for draining the collection tank.”

In addition to designing the system to meet all the required codes, the company also made sure that it is able to provide full secondary sanitation, in order to guarantee enhanced water quality, better sanitation and savings of 40 – 50% on traditional water treatment chemicals. Furthermore, the use of VFDs on all pumps lead to around 15% power efficiency improvement.

“As always, the most important factor to the success of any project is the team,” says Cloward H2O. “We are grateful to all our partners and friends that trust us to help them with these spectacular projects. It is always a pleasure to work with EPG and we appreciate the creative challenges that they put to us.”

For this project, Cloward H2O provided creative design assistance with EPG, as well as structural engineering for the various elements across the site, mechanical engineering for all piping, water treatment systems, and activation of the multi-faceted features and electrical design for optimized control and automation of all systems including feature lighting.

“It was a pleasure working with EPG, VCBO, Spectrum, and AeUrbia on the Bountiful Plaza water feature project,” said Dan Aldred.

“They are great designers, excellent communicators and do a great job of smoothing out the inevitable bumps. The final project turned out amazing and if you haven’t already seen it then take an afternoon to enjoy Bountiful City’s newest and coolest water feature.”

Cloward H2O looks back at successful Mohegan Sun project in Connecticut - 22nd Apr 2021

Cloward H2O is looking back at one of its built-to-last projects, Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut, a leading entertainment, meeting and gaming destination.

The company provided design and full engineering services for the resort’s 10,000-square foot indoor swimming pool, as well as several hydrotherapy spas and a striking indoor hotel lobby water feature.

The resort, which is located on 240 acres along the banks of Thames River, was the largest private development project on the East Coast when it opened in October 1996. It is home to a 1,200-room luxury hotel, more than 100,000 square feet of meeting and events space, and130,000 square feet of retail space, as well as nine restaurants, a 10,000-seat arena, 115,000 square feet of gaming space, a 300-seat cabaret and a world-class spa.

There is also a business centre, a 10,000-square-foot indoor pool, a 17,500-square-foot sun terrace and an FEC called Kids Quest. The resort, designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, features Mohegan tribal-inspired interiors by the architect David Rockwell and the 34-storey hotel tower is home to 1,200 guest rooms designed by Hirsch Bedner Associates.

As well as working on the indoor pool and spa facilities, Cloward H2O’s input included design and engineering for a dramatic water feature in the hotel lobby, where water flows from a reflecting pool and through a stream to the base of the 40-foot high Taughhanik Falls.

“Cloward H2O is grateful to have been a part of this talented project team and that the resort still operates with first-class efficiency and standards,” says Corry Cloward, managing partner and president of Cloward H2O.

Cloward H2O on the rise of in-land surfing - 15th Mar 2021

Cloward H2O has over 45 years of experience in the field of recreational water and has worked on the engineering of numerous surf venues over the years. In-land surfing will continue to be a growing trend, with four new commercial facilities opening in the last year, doubling the worldwide total.

Surf parks are gaining popularity as they allow surfers of all levels to enjoy the sport and to work on their skills in all weathers, rather than having to wait for nature to provide the perfect waves. Surf parks are ideal for both recreation and training, as well as hosting competitions.

Starting with its work on Sun City in 1987, Cloward H2O has been involved in several in-land surf projects, both modern and classic.

“No other aquatic engineering firm can match our experience or proficiency in regard to the unique requirements involved in developing a Surf Park Venue,” said Allen Clawson, Principal and Managing Partner at Cloward H2O.

“Cloward H2O has been proactively involved in the evolving regulatory status affecting Surf Parks serving on joint committees with ASTM, NSF, CMAHC and others as the industry works to get a handle on the complexities involved in a growing sector of our industry…since Sun City in South Africa first opened to the public, Cloward H2O has been delighted to continue to work in the realm of recreational lagoons and surf venues.”

Surf parks have the ability to bring the sport to any location, making it more accessible to a wider audience. Modern surf technology can produce the perfect wave several times per minute, consistently producing waves in the same location each time. In-land surf venues are also a safer option, allowing surfers to enjoy the past time without worrying about dangers such as rocks, riptides or sharks.

To create a successful surf-park, mechanical wave-generating technology must be carefully matched with specific bottom profile geometry (bathymetry). This combination causes the wave to perform as desired and is able to produce waves for everyone from beginners to professionals.

While wave pools, such as Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon in Orlando and Sun City’s Valley of Waves in South Africa have been around for many years, a new generation of surf wave technology is now available. This allows for larger format waves, longer runs, bigger faces, programmable waves, and barrels that are comparable with the world’s top surf spots. Now, the industry is on the verge of the next evolutionary step.

As well as the wave technology, water quality management is also key to a successful in-land surf venue. Unlike traditional wave pools found in waterparks, modern surf venues can cover several acres and contain millions of gallons of water. And dirty water is undesirable, unhealthy and uninviting to guests, no matter how cool the wave technology is.

Cloward H2O to help design emergency response centre at Houston Community College - 17th Feb 2021

Cloward H2O has been engaged to design and engineer Houston Community College’s Regional Response Operations Center (RROC), alongside S2o Design, Huitt Zollars, and local civil, structural and MEP firms.

Floods are a frequent danger along the gulf coast of South Texas to Florida, and Houston Community College has a long history of training first responders to help with this hazard. Now, in a bid to improve the emergency response in the region, it will expand its existing first responders training facility by creating the RROC.

The expansion project will result in the college being able to offer dedicated training for three to four thousand public and private fire, law enforcement, emergency medical and rescue responders each year, giving them the technical skills necessary to perform urban flood and swift water rescues.

The facilities will enable trainees to practice aerial and boat rescues both day and night, experiencing real-life disaster scenarios under controlled conditions.

The design includes a 2.5-acre flatwater pond, variable configuration swift water channel, as well as an urban flood simulator with mock-up buildings and a low head dam simulation. Here, trainees will have the opportunity to use real-world rescue vehicles in a range of scenarios.

The design also features re-configurable obstacles and movable equipment, so there will be complete flexibility to sculpt the swift water channel into a wide range of rescue training scenarios as well as the ability to vary the hydraulic conditions dynamically.

“Cloward H2O takes on the various engineering challenges presented in this project with an imaginative and perceptive approach,” said Braden Steiner Project Manager for HCC. “Our role is key to the integration of mechanical and structural systems enabling flexible configuration for a wide variety of realistic but controlled hydraulic conditions and simulations throughout the facility.

“Water quality management is also of paramount importance and is particularly challenging, requiring specific attention to high levels of potential contamination from the boats, trucks, and rescue gear being utilized. Cloward H2O is honored to work with the HCC administration, design team and regional responders to achieve this monumental goal and improve the capabilities of responders throughout the region.”

Cloward H2O’s work at Geyser Falls Water Theme Park is built to last - 11th Jan 2021

Cloward H2O is looking back at one of its successful projects from the past, Geyer Falls Water Theme Park at the Pearl River Resort in Choctaw, Mississippi.

Planning for this project began in 2001 and it was completed in 2003, with Cloward H2O providing full engineering design services for the park including site civil, electrical, and mechanical engineering as well as engineering for all water features.

Geyser Falls Water Theme Park is based on a Choctaw Indian legend of a magical land, filled with gushing geysers and roaring waterfalls. At the park, guests can enjoy a wave pool and a lazy river, alongside waterfalls and 12 slides. There is also a four-storey water play factory and a tot’s water play area with over 350 custom jets.

The attraction is also home to Backsplash!, a WhiteWater Boomerango which was the first slide of its kind in the country at the time, alongside the bubbling pools, steaming vents and erupting geysers of Geyser Flats.

A team of now-retired industry experts worked on the project, headed by Michael Lee of Michael Lee Design, and including Pat Scanlon of PRS Associates, Greg Cloward of Cloward H2O and Herb Ramsaier, the park’s landscape architect. The general contractor was Western Water Features. Greg Cloward and his team provided site electrical and mechanical engineering as well as full site civil engineering.

The attractions chosen were all cutting-edge, including another WhiteWater ride, Cyclone, and the Roundabout River, a 1,200 foot-long continuous river. There is also a wave pool called Thunder Lake, complete with sound effects and a geyser that shoots 60-feet in the air before every wave cycle.

Meanwhile, Pipe’s Peak features three double tube slides and Mt. Everwet boasts three speed slides. For children, there is also a WhiteWater Rainforest aqua play structure, the Leaky Creaky Water Factory, and Lil’ Squirt’s Hollow, a zero-depth play area designed by Michael Lee and Cloward H2O, complete with a padded floor, small slides and fun water features.

18 years on, Cloward H2O is proud that this unique destination still operates in pristine condition.

Cloward H2O celebrates opening of Conrad Punta de Mita Hotel in Mexico - 6th Dec 2020

Cloward H2O  provided its design expertise for all the pool amenities at the new hotel, which is the first Conrad-branded resort in Mexico. Located on a two-mile-long beachfront, the hotel has 324 rooms spread over 7 floors, each with a beachfront view.

It is also home to an 18-hole golf course, as well as spa facilities and both adult and family pools. Cloward provided engineering design, including electrical & mechanical systems, structural design, water treatment systems and filtration, for the family, activity and adult pools, the family and adult hot tubs, the plaza fountain, the lobby water features, the spa pool and hot tub, and the spa cold plunge pool.

The company worked alongside EDSA and SB Architects to develop the construction documentation for the pools, hot tubs and water features at the resort. This is a renovation of an existing property that the team brought a fresh look to, creating a walkable resort with a beachfront view, tying in the planting, pools and the ocean. The project also included a total redesign of the pool amenities.

The adult pool boasts a swim-up bar and a separate hot tub, while younger guests can have fun in the activity pool and the family pool and hot tub. There is also a children’s splash pad. Those wanting to relax can head to the 10,000 square foot indoor/outdoor Conrad Spa, which is home to a spa pool, hot tub, and cold plunge. Water features in the lobby deck and plaza continue the ocean theme.

Cloward H2O celebrates success of Beijing Aquarium more than 20 years on - 17th Nov 2020

Cloward H2O was commissioned by General Oceanic Environmental Engineering [GOE] to provide engineering and aquatic design for exhibit tanks and life support systems at the Beijing Aquarium in 1994.  At the time, this was the largest inland aquarium of its time with several unique aspects.

For instance, due to the cool local climate, the entire aquarium is indoors. Plus, the inland location meant that transporting in saltwater was a challenge. To solve this, Cloward H2O helped to design a system that created artificial, manmade, saltwater for the whole aquarium.

Visitors to the Beijing Aquarium can enjoy tropical forests, a touchable pond, an undersea loop and more. In the tropical forest exhibit, they can walk through a stunning Amazonian forest while looking at 22 fish tanks along the way. Meanwhile, the 52-yard-long coastline of the touchable pond is home to mollusks, sea turtles, sea urchins, starfish, sea anemones and hermit crabs.

The undersea loop allows guests to walk underwater, exploring six oceans through a large plastic tube covering 32 large aquarium exhibits. Despite the fact that The Beijing Aquarium was built more than 20 years ago it is still a huge tourist attraction, pulling in thousands of new visitors each year.

As it celebrates its 45th anniversary this year, Cloward H2O is proud that this iconic aquarium operates like it was brand new, despite being more than 20 years old, and looks forward to seeing it thrive for years to come. The company would like to recognize and thank the owners of the Beijing Aquarium and the employees for the opportunity to have worked on this project and for keeping the Aquarium going strong.

Cloward H2O celebrates 45 years in the business - 17th Sep 2020

Cloward H2O celebrates its 45th anniversary this year. Over the past 45 years, the company has designed and engineered water quality management systems for prestigious and legendary resorts, aquariums, and waterparks around the world.

Cloward H2O has continuously improved over the past 45 years, winning numerous awards, and developing its knowledge and expertise base. It now has 15+ engineers, designers and drafters and focuses on recreational water projects.

The company specializes in water quality management systems for fountains, swimming pools, spas, activity & surf lagoons, white water rivers, aquariums and any other challenge that involves recreational water.

Most recently, Cloward H2O worked on the expansion of the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. The Guitar Tower opened in October 2019 and proved extremely popular with guests.

Cloward H2O helped to develop the 13.5-acre pool amenity area at the Guitar Tower. This included a 2.3-acre recreation lake, where visitors can enjoy water sports such as kayaking and paddle boarding. In addition, the company worked on the indoor facilities at the expansion, which include a central spa pool as well as hot and cold plunge pools. Cloward H2O also provided pools and spas for the two penthouse suites in the Guitar Tower.

The company has worked with numerous luxury resorts, such as the Zulal Wellness Resort. This water-themed resort in Qatar is currently under construction. Cloward H2O is the lead water designer on the 3-million-gallon saltwater lagoon, water fountains and over 60 private suite pools.

In the past 45 years, Cloward H2O has worked on numerous zoo and aquarium projects. At the Turtle Back Zoo, the company worked on an indoor penguin facility that features nesting burrows in the rock walls.

At the historic Manhattan Beach Aquarium, the company helped redesign and engineer the entire interior of the aquarium. The site now includes 14 oceanic tanks, two freshwater tanks and a children’s touch tank.

Cloward H2O won a ULI Impact Award for its sustainable Cloudscape solution in 2018. The company engineered the Cloudscape system in the One Eleven Congress Plaza in Austin, Texas. This innovative system creates cooling clouds to provide a pleasant ambient environment for everyone who visits the plaza. The system is designed to operate effectively in a drought area by using AC condensate.

The founder of Cloward H2O, Greg Cloward, was also inducted into the World Waterpark Association’s Hall of Fame in 2018 to recognize his distinguished career.

The company also won two Aquatics International Dream Design awards in 2018 for its Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool in Colorado, and for the Grand Caymans’ Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa.

Cloward H2O delivers aquatics for luxury resort in Baja California Sur, Mexico - 21st Dec 2018

The Grand Solmar at Rancho at San Lucas and The Grand Solmar The Residences covers 834 acres. 89 ocean-front suites are among the hotel and residential properties. The resort, part of the Solmar Collection, is on the southern tip of the Baja peninsula in Mexico’s Baja California Sur. 

Cloward H2O worked on a variety of aquatic amenities at the resort. These included the engineering and design of the 0.96 million-gallon saltwater lagoon. The lagoon is fed by water pumped from wells on the beach. It also functions as a water source for the resort’s desalination operation supplying portable water to the resort.

The company delivered two 90,000 gallon infinity pools, with bar and submerged table seating. In addition, a lounge shelf allows guests to relax in the pool and scenic beach dune.

Cloward H2O also completed five jacuzzi spas and a children’s pool with interactive spray toys. In addition they added two water slides and a rooftop pool for a wide range of aquatic amenities at the resort. 

The project was in collaboration with HKS Architects and TBG Partners.

Cloward H2O provides aquatics engineering and design expertise across a range of attractions and mixed use facilities. Their latest work includes an exhibit for penguins and flamingos at Essex County Turtle Back Zoo and the historic hot springs pool in Ouray, Colorado.

2018 has been a busy year for the company, with over 182 new projects started. Below are a summary of Cloward H2O’s year in Numbers:

completed projects in 21 U.S. states and 14 countries.
6 new staff members.
1 new fully developed MEP Department, servicing AEC projects locally and Aquatics projects worldwide.
488,000 airline miles flown.
10 trade shows/conferences attended.
Of the 132 completed projects in 2018, these included:

70 Commercial/Resort Pools
18 Single-/Multi-Family Residential Pools
14 Spas
6 Rivers
4 Waterparks
3 Themeparks
17 Fountains
7 Splash Pads
47 Aquarium/Zoo Exhibits
18 Hot Springs Pools
2 Large Swimming/Snorkel Lagoons
1 Wakeboarding Lake
1 Whitewater Rafting Facility
and 1 system for heating popcorn oil

Cloward H2O celebrates ULI Impact Award for sustainable Cloudscape solution - 4th Sep 2018

A sustainable area-cooling solution, Cloudscape, by Cloward H2O and dwg. architects has won an Urban Land Institute (ULI Austin) Impact Award for Project Innovation.

ULI Austin members are committed to responsible development and sustainable land use with the aim of building better communities. The category recognizes originality and creativity in development.

Cloudscape is an iconic feature of the newly-developed Fareground at One Eleven Congress Plaza in Austin, Texas. The system creates cooling clouds to provide a pleasant ambient environment for the many professionals, residents and visitors who flock to the vibrant community hub.

To realize their vision, dwg. architects turned to leading provider of aquatic design engineering services, Cloward H2O. The brief was to create a system that could still operate effectively in a drought.

Designed to be self-sustaining, the system doesn’t draw on the city’s valuable water reserves. Instead, it utilizes previously wasted water from the building’s own air conditioning condensate. This amounts to a staggering 280,000 gallons a year.

What is particularly clever about this unique method of water recycling is that it provides more water during hot summer months when demand is high, than during the winter. The harvested condensate is collected, treated, stored, and then atomized at high pressure from tall, elegant pylons.

Founded in 1977, Cloward H2O works with landscape architects and other partner organizations to design and engineer waterparks, theme parks, splash pads, pools, spas, fountains, marine exhibits, life support systems and more.

Two Cloward H2O projects honored with Aquatics International Dream Design awards - 10th Aug 2018

Cloward H2O celebrates as two of it’s projects have been awarded Aquatics International Dream Design Awards 2018.

The awards recognise the best projects in the aquatics industry from competition pools to family aquatics centres to full-scale waterparks.

Ouray Hot Springs Swimming Pool is the first Dream Design winner. The historic hot springs pool in scenic Ouray, Colorado, was completed re-engineered by Cloward H2O and city operations staff. Capacity at the pools was doubled by creating 5 independently operated pools within the boundaries of the original oval shape. The design carefully made use of the available geothermal water and didn’t distract from the mountainous backdrop.

Also honored the Grand Caymans’ Kimpton Seafire Resort and Spa. For the project, Cloward H2O designed a main area with three terraced pools, a plunge pool and a shallower children’s play pool with beach entry and interactive elements. Cloward also designed a quieter Oasis Pool and indoor health spa for adults which includes a hydrotherapy pool with infinity edges. The entire resort was developed as a contemporary view of the Caribbean using local materials, taking inspiration from the environment.