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Cloward H2O thinks outside the box for Bountiful Plaza’s new splash pad

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Cloward H2O, an expert in aquatic design, 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.

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Overcoming creative challenges

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,” said a company spokesperson. “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.

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A successful team

“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, Project Manager. 

“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.”

Earlier this month, Cloward H2O 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

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