Cecil Aquatic Center/Recreation Complex - Jacksonville, Florida
The $25 million project was part of the 2000 Better Jacksonville Plan. The aquatic center facility, built for $5.7 million in 2004, has an Olympic-sized pool and a family/exercise pool. The heated indoor pools can be used year-round, but in the summer, large glass panels are opened for air circulation. The facility has hosted scores of high school swim meets since 2004. In addition to open swimming, lessons are available for children and adults. Infants and toddlers have their own programs, water babies and water tots, respectively. Water aerobics classes are utilized by many senior citizens and a youth swim team is sponsored during the summer.
Portofino Pools was originally retained as an aquatics consultant by the prime swimming pool builder during construction. We oversaw the final completion of the pools with heavy focus on the equipment installation and calibrations. At the completion of the pools, we were retained to perform all “Start-up” services including water-quality management. When this term expired, the City of Jacksonville awarded us a contract for complete Swimming Pool Operations: cleaning, maintenance, chemicals and water-quality services.
After several years, we trained in-house staff to perform these duties. These individuals attended Portofino University, and at successful completion of a 16-hour live classroom course and written examinations, they were officially recognized as Certified Pool Operators (CPO®).
Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living has provided full service maintenance and repairs for the Cabana Pools at EverBank Field since day #1. Most importantly during every home game and special stadium events year-round. Ensuring when national TV cameras zoom-in the water is as clear bottled water.
Orlando Sentinel, Mike Bianchi
JACKSONVILLE — All of you serious-minded cheese- heads can have your frozen tundra of Green Bay's Lambeau Field; give me the tropical breezes of the pool deck at Jacksonville's EverBank Field any day.
The $63 million stadium renovation includes a fantasy football lounge, the two largest in-stadium video boards in the world, two swimming pools and a multitude of party cabanas.
The entire upper deck of the north end zone is essentially a gigantic pool bar, complete with sexy waitresses and umbrella drinks. They call it the "Clevelander Deck," which comes from the name of the famous oceanside South Beach hotel. And like South Beach, it is expensive: $250 a person for pool and cabana access.
At long last, I have finally discovered pigskin paradise, and I found it in the most unlikely place you could ever imagine: the home stadium of one the NFL's up and comer teams. I watched the Jacksonville Jaguars win on Sunday while frolicking in the stadium swimming pool with my new friend Aja Franco — a beautiful blonde in a black bikini.
"This is the only way to watch football," Aja (pronounced Asia) said with a sun-drenched smile splashed across her face. "Don't you just love it?"
Yes, I do! Yes, I definitely do!
Hey, bartender, a Mojito for me and a Pina Colada for the lady, please! And can we get an order of peeled shrimp, too!"
But, seriously, this might be the best idea for a football fan's viewing experience since chicken wings and the Red Zone Channel. Ask yourself: What could possibly be better than going to a football game and then watching a pool party break out all around you?
"This is one of the most amazing atmospheres I've ever seen at a football game," said Jason Caffey, one of the lifeguards. "I love touchdowns, but there's nothing better than seeing Jaxson de Ville [the Jaguars' mascot] doing a belly-flop into the pool."
Added Patrick Pyles, a longtime Jags fans: "I've never had more fun at a Jags game than I'm having right now. What a great idea."
It's no wonder team owner Shad Khan, who bought the team is considered an entrepreneurial genius.
The Bolles School – Jacksonville, Florida
The Bolles School is a private college preparatory school with an international reputation for excellence.
Located in Jacksonville, Florida. The Bolles Sharks swimming program facilitates training and stroke instruction in Bolles’ 50-meter (Uible Pool) and 25-yard pool (Lobrano Pool). In 2000, Portofino Pools was awarded a contract for complete Swimming Pool Operations: cleaning, maintenance, chemicals and water-quality services. Portofino Pools has performed these services seven days a week, 365 days a year, continuously for the past 16+ years.
The Uible Pool, 425,000 gallons, 50 meters, originally built in 1991 was in need of renovations. In 2005 Portofino Pools was retained as an aquatic consultant to study and submit recommendations for design and engineering specifications. Portofino Pools was awarded several contracts in phases over a 10-year period. As funding became available. Phase 1 – 2006 Replace entire filtration system equipment; Phase 2 – 2011 Resurface pool, install new tile lap lanes and wall targets, and repair gutters; Phase 3 – 2015 Install UV state-of-the art disinfectant equipment system.
The Lobrano Pool, 260,000 gallons, 25 meters and diving well with two 1-meter springboards, originally built in 1966 and in need of renovations. In 2014 Portofino Pools was retained as an aquatic consultant to study and submit recommendations for design and engineering specifications. It was determined the existing pool does not meet Olympic/FINA Standards for diving. Portofino Pools was than requested to and submitted proposal specifications to demolish and build a complete new 25-meter pool with regulation diving well to 3-meter height. Construction delayed until funding secured.
Semmes Aquatic Center - Episcopal High School
Designed as a replica of the water polo pool used in the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, the 572,000 gallons Semmes Aquatic Center is one of Episcopal's premier athletic facilities.
As one of only two 50-meter high school pools in Northeast Florida, the Semmes Aquatic Center is the only one that has met the minimum depth requirement to permit starting blocks to be used for races. The 10 lanes are kept warm in the colder months with solar covers.
Originally constructed in 1996, Portofino Pools was retained by the builder to calibrate the circulation and filtration systems and perform all “Start-up” services, including water-quality management. On-site pool operation training of owner’s personnel was conducted at completion of this term. Over the next 10 years, Portofino was awarded a series of work orders to perform repairs, equipment calibrations and replacements and major preventative maintenance services.
Jacksonville Country Day School – Geothermal Heat and Cool System
The original pool was built in the 1960’s. Portofino Pools was awarded a renovation contract in 1997, and upon completion, awarded a contract for complete Swimming Pool Operations: cleaning, maintenance, chemicals and water-quality services. Portofino Pools has performed these services continuously for the past 19+ years.
In 2010 Portofino Pools was retained as an aquatic consultant to study and submit recommendations for a major remodel design and engineering to demolish the existing floor (sloping from 3-feet to 18-foot depth) and re-build at a nominal 5-foot depth. It was determined the cost to do this would approach the cost of building a new pool, and the existing wall structure, circulation, and filtration systems were beyond life expectancy. So instead of renovating, we consulted with the school regarding selection of the construction firm and the design of the new pool.
The new pool features an 8-lane, 25-yard pool. In 2011 Portofino Pools was retained to study and make recommendations to add a complete heating system to the pool. Our recommendations were accepted and we were awarded a contract to install the first commercial state-of-the-art “green” geothermal heating and cooling pool system in Northeast Florida. The pool has maintained at constant temperature of 82 degrees 365 days for the past 5-years. Energy cost savings achieved ROI in 30 months.
The architectural heritage of the former Hotel Ponce de Leon, this is listed as a National Historic Landmark.
Built by railroad magnate Henry M. Flagler in 1888, the Ponce is considered one of the finest examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture, and was one of the most exclusive resorts of its day. The 160,000-gallon pool was built circa 1900, perhaps one of the oldest, if not the oldest, commercial pool in Florida.
In 2002, Portofino Pools was retained as an aquatic consultant to study and submit recommendations for major restoration that met National Historic Landmark guidelines. Portofino Pools recommendations were accepted and subsequently won the award. The entire deck was removed to expose heavily decayed metal piping. The entire circulation and filtration systems were replaced, the pool interior resurfaced, and a new concrete deck poured. Finish staining matched the historic terracotta roof tile. Twelve years later the college awarded Portofino Pools another contract to resurface the pool using advanced materials and additives.
Trinidad and Tobago
Portofino Pools was retained in 2013 by the Ministry of Sports – a public/private partnership of the Islands Government, Olympic Committee (and one of the country's major liquefied natural gas exporters), to establish swimming pool health/safety standards, and to train and certify pool operators.
As a Certified National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructor, Jack Manilla successfully conducted a live 16-hour classroom course on site. All 18 participants passed the required written examination and were officially recognized as Certified Pool Operators, CPO®. (The NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification program is the world's leading verifiable pool and spa training credential.)
Additional on-site, hands-on training for all participants was conducted at multiple pools located through the island. The International ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 2014 Standard for Public Swimming Pools was presented. (This Standard covers the design and maintenance of public swimming pools to be used for swimming, bathing, competitive activities, or recreational activities that are operated by an owner, lessee, operator, licensee, or concessionaire, regardless of whether a fee is charged for use.) Public swimming pools covered by this Standard include class A (Competition Pools), class B (Any pool intended for public recreational use not otherwise classified), class C, (Hotels, Motels and Condominiums) and class F (Wading) pools.
The ANSI/APSP/ICC-1 2014 is different from its 2003 predecessor in that the revised version addresses advanced technology, safety and an improved understanding of best practices for constructing and renovating public swimming pools. Several major changes include an updated Appendix A on the Chemical Operational Parameters; a new Appendix B, “Water Velocity Limits” that describes how to determine the water velocity requirements of a public pool to achieve maximum performance safety and energy efficiency; and an expanded section on wading pools.
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines
In 2000 Jack Manilla was retained by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines to train and certify their Asia-Pacific Fleet officers and crews sailing from ports in China, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand. For 6-weeks in the Asia-Pacific, Jack Manilla travelled ship to ship as a Certified National Swimming Pool Foundation Instructor, successfully conducting live 16-hour classroom courses for all ship’s officers on each individual ship while at sea.
A second live 12-hour classroom course was also conducted for all ship maintenance crews. Those officers who passed the required written examination were officially recognized as Certified Pool Operators (CPO®). Ship’s crews that passed their examination were awarded certificates. (The NSPF® Certified Pool/Spa Operator® (CPO®) Certification program, is the world's leading verifiable pool and spa training credential. Additionally, on-site, hands-on training for all ship’s crews was conducted to access and improve skill levels in pool and spa operations.)
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club – A Five Diamond Resort
Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living has provided full service maintenance, repairs and renovations for this leading resort since the 1990’s.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club boasts 14 bodies of water, four large pools, a water slide, multiple spas, fountains and water features guaranteeing a splashing good time for all. Families will enjoy the large, multi-purpose pool featuring a youth-friendly water depth ranging from one to just over five feet, seven-foot-high water slide, separate swim area with lanes for swim team competitions and a zero-entry children's wading pool.
Ponte Vedra Inn & Club is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in all of Florida. Not surprisingly, enjoying the sand and sea continues to top the list of the seemingly endless variety of recreational pleasures available to guests. The Inn’s palm-fringed white sandy beach provides the ideal setting for a sunrise jog, shell hunting, a picnic lunch or perfecting one’s tan while the refreshing waters of the Atlantic cater to ocean swimming, body surfing and sailing.
The Ponte Vedra beach is an ideal playground for children and a sanctuary for adults. Beach chairs, umbrellas, ocean kayaks, bicycles, boogie boards, surf boards and beach games are conveniently available for rent.
Hammock Beach Resort
Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living provided emergency full service maintenance and repairs for all pools at this prestigious resort during the summer holidays.
WATER INSPIRED EXPERIENCES
The kids will look forward to their water park adventure, where they can zip down the water flume or float the lazy river current at our 91,000 square-foot water pavilion. You will cherish your time-honored romantic dinner at one of our oceanfront resort restaurants where the seafood is always fresh off the boat. And of course, there's always the beach. Not to mention, the resort is near all of the region's famed sights Including historic St. Augustine, Daytona International Speedway, and the Kennedy Space Center. Orlando's dazzling theme parks are just about 90 miles West. Whether your adrenaline boost comes from roller coaster thrills or reeling in the "big catch," there's something for everyone.
Hammock Beach Resort is the ideal, year-round retreat for the entire family in a private, fun-filled setting without the area attraction crowds.
Float down the lazy river, ride our twisting water slide* or build a poolside sandcastle; all with full food and beverage service, colorful tropical landscaping, and both sunny and shaded lounge areas. There is truly something for the entire family. With separate upper and lower level pools, an adult pool, a swimming pool sized spa, a zero-entry beach pool, beach volleyball, poolside bar and more. Make a splash daily from 8am to dusk.
*The height requirement for the main slide is 48" to ride. The slide is single slider only on bottom or back.
Adjacent to the water park entrance guests discover the indoor pool complex. Relax in one of two spas in the semi-private spa garden, play a few sets of classic table tennis, challenge a friend to some foosball, splash around the shallow end or enjoy a workout in the lap lanes. Our indoor pool complex has a little bit of everything and is open daily.
Whether you stay at The Lodge, Yacht Harbor Village™, Cinnamon Beach or any other outer core complex accommodation, there's always a pool nearby. So get out, get in and splash around!
Ritz – Carlton
AMELIA ISLAND GETAWAY
Portofino Pool Services & Outdoor Living provided complete renovation services and repairs for the outdoor pool at this Florida Landmark Recognized as Industry Leader While Garnering Two AAA Five Diamond Awards and Gold Badge from U.S. News & World Report
The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island welcomes 2018 with national accolades that recognize the resort’s outstanding service, accommodations, programming and culinary experiences. Since January, the resort has been awarded two prestigious AAA Five Diamond designations, the travel authority’s highest rating for hotels and restaurants, as well as a Gold Badge from U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hotels ranking, the global authority in rankings and consumer advice.
Located on a barrier island off the North East Coast of Florida, the Ritz-Carlton - Amelia Island has provided a safe anchor for seafaring souls, Amelia Island has been discovered and rediscovered many times over – by pirates and colonists and those who love how the sea can touch their soul. The island reveals many treasures, including The Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, a sanctuary among luxury beach hotels that provides a welcome barrier between you and the world beyond. Honoring the cherished heritage with a daily Pirate Toast. A treasure hunt for our younger guests. Culinary explorations that stay true to coastal Florida roots. Spa treatments that soothe from a slow, Southern pace. And a golf course that naturally blends into ancient terrain. With miles of pristine beaches to explore, you’ll find yourself basking in the glow of the sun as you swim, relax or walk along the sandy shore.