Recreational Swim Pond Construction

Recreational Swim Pond Construction

In-depth information into this recreational swim pond construction by Earth Works, Aquascape Inc., and contractors from around the country. This event took place in St. Augustine, Florida as part of an annual Winter Seminar coordinated by Aquascape Inc for the purpose of advanced training for Certified Aquascape Contractors.

EVENT INFORMATION: TEAM Aquascape Event at St. Augustine Alligator Farm Directors’ Recreational Swim Pond Construction in St. Augustine, Florida
Wednesday, February 3rd – Friday, February 5th, 2021

Read Jason Duffney’s article on this recreational swim pond construction in the May/June 2021 issue of Pond Trade Magazine

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Aquascape Recreation Swim Pond Construction Part 1
Behind the Scenes at the start of Earth Works of Jacksonville collaboration with Aquascape Inc. in the Aquascape Recreational Swim Pond for a Eastern Collard Lizard – Advanced CAC Build at the home of the St Augustine Alligator Farm Director John & his wife Biologist Jenn Brueggen’s home. John Brueggen discusses what they are hoping for and Earth Works team members Jason Duffney & Sean Duffney along with Michael Quatromoni discuss this event that will involve 100 Certified Aquascape Contractors participating here & at the Aquascape Pond and Fountainscape Build at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park with onsite participation & education with Greg Wittstock, The Pond Guy & Ed Beaulieu.

Aquascape Recreational Swim Pond Construction for a Eastern Collared Lizard Part 2
Ed Beaulieu, the Pond Professor, Jason Duffney, and Michael Quatromoni discuss progress and setbacks ahead of being joined by 100 Certified Aquascape Contractors participating here & at the Aquascape Pond and Fountainscape Build at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Behind the Scenes at Day 2 of Earth Works of Jacksonville collaboration with Aquascape Inc. in the Aquascape Recreation Pond for a Eastern Collard Lizard – Advanced CAC Build at the home of the St Augustine Alligator Farm Director John & his wife Biologist Jenn Brueggen’s home.

Sneak Peek Teaser into Part 3 of the Recreational Swim Pond Construction
Sneak peek into Part 3 in the video series about the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park Director John Brueggen’s swim pond build by Aquascape and Earth Works.
This is serious business folks!

St. Augustine Alligator Farm Aquascape Recreational Swim Pond Construction Part 3
Jason Duffney, Ed Beaulieu, and Chris Hansen are back for the third update on the swim pond install at John & Jen Brueggen’s home in Elkton, Florida near the St. Augustine Alligator Zoological Park where they will also be conducting an Aquascape contractor seminar Wednesday, February 3rd – Friday, February 5th, 2021.

St Augustine Alligator Farm Sneak Peek Part 1
Jason Duffney takes us behind the scenes with Director John Brueggen, and Aquascape Inc’s Pond Professor Ed Beaulieu, and Chris Hansen at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park prior to the Aquascape Inc pond construction and Certified Aquascape Contractors 2021 Winter Retreat. Part 1.

St Augustine Alligator Farm Sneak Peak Part 2
St Augustine Alligator Farm Director John Brueggen provides a behind the scenes sneak peek to Earth Works Jason Duffney and Aquascape Inc’s Pond Professor Ed Beaulieu, Chris Hansen and Travis prior to the new pond construction and the Certified Aquascape Contractors training sessions and Winter Retreat. Part 2.

St Augustine Alligator Farm Sneak Peek FINAL Part 3
Final Behind the Scenes Sneak Peek at the St Augustine Alligator Farm. Tune in to interesting stories from around the world along with specifics on requirements for healthy wildlife habitats and maintaining exotic species with Zoo Director John Brueggen and Ed Beaulieu as we prepare for the Aquascape Winter Retreat and build Feb 3-6, 2021.

Welcome Team Aquascape to the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park
Jason Duffney, owner Earth Works of Jacksonville welcomes Team Aquascape to the St Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park event and Winter Retreat! Wednesday, February 3-5, 2021!

Day One: Team Aquascape Collaboration at the Brueggen Recreational Swim Pond Construction!
Certified Aquascape Contractors from around the country converge on St. Augustine to build a swim pond for the director of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park. Commentary included from:
-John Brueggen the homeowner,
-Ed Beaulieu with Team Aquascape,
-Robyn Pekarek with http://www.poseidonaquaticdesigns.com,
-Briauna Gennaro| with EnviroScapes Property Specialists,
-Scott Anderson of http://www.scottadesign.com,
-Sean Frost of http://www.nhpond.com,
-Carl Petite of http://www.columbiawatergardens.com,
-Michael Quatromoni with http://www.Earthworksjax.com
-Sean Duffney with http://www.Earthworksjax.com
-Martin V Dimitrov of http://www.Atlanticponds.com.

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Final Day: Team Aquascape, St Augustine Recreational Swim Pond Construction
Final day of work for the Certified Aquascape Contractors in St. Augustine pond building at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park and Director Brueggen residence.
Commentary included with:
-Colleen Heitzler, President, Aquascape Inc.
-Kyle Brown, http://www.ModernConcepts937.com
-Estaban A. Perez, http://www.StephensLandscapingofClermont.com
-Joel Kaplan, http://www.theoasisponds.com
-Jerome Fischer, Alabama Aquascapes
-Dave DeGroot, http://www.Artisanwatergardens.com
-Greg Gill, http://www.eialandscape.com
-Steve Roth, http://www.triton-waterscapes.com
-Jeremy Vlcek, http://www.vlcekgardens.com
-John Griffith, http://www.ksponds.com

St. Augustine Recreational Swim Pond Reveal
Wrapping up collaboration with Aquascape Inc. for the Aquascape Recreation Pond Build at the home of the St Augustine Alligator Farm Director John Brueggen & his wife Biologist Jenn Brueggen’s home. John Brueggen discusses what they are hoping for and Jason Duffney and Greg Wittstock discuss the outcome of this recreational pond.

Fill ‘Er Up! Recreation Pond Final Details – Part 5

Bring in the reinforcements! The CACs are here for the regional build event to help with the process of finishing up the recreation pond for the Alligator Farm. John also takes me in to show me his Gila monsters and their habitat.

Replicating the Desert for a *GILA MONSTER POND* – Part 4

Bring in the reinforcements! The CACs are here for the regional build event to help with the process of finishing up the recreation pond for the Alligator Farm. John also takes me in to show me his Gila monsters and their habitat.

Answering Your Questions: Concrete or Rubber Liner? – Recreation Pond Part 3

I’m taking some time to answer some of the questions you have had about the recreation pond build. Specifically, the under liner drainage and the architecture of the wall.

Giving Life to a RECREATION POND – Part 2

Today is the day! We break ground in St. Augustine, FL on the recreation pond for the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. I’ll show you how important it is to get these recreation ponds designed and planned the right way!

Alligator Expert Gets a RECREATION POND – Part 1

I am so stoked to be in St. Augustine, Florida to design and build a restorative recreation pond for John Brueggen, director of the St. Augustine Alligator Farm. Today, John gives us a tour of the farm which is such an inspiration.

*POND BUILD* for Florida Alligator Farm (Rec Pond Revealed)

Chris leads Build-a-Pond-Day at the historic Alligator Farm and Zoological Park in St. Augustine, Florida! Newbie attendees knock this 8′ x 11′ pond out in one day. Later, Ed reveals the reptile rec pond from the advanced build!

Wetland Filter for Reptile REC POND – Part 5

Groundwork on the reptile rec pond for our advanced CAC build continues. Today the crew constructs the wetland filter and Ed shares tips for excavation and setting boulders.

Cypress Log Edge for Reptile REC POND – Part 4

Establishing different elevations and grade levels makes all the difference on a flat property like this. Ed and Chris carve in a massive cypress log as a unique edging element for the reptile rec pond.

Groundwater Solutions for Reptile REC POND – Part 3

Ed and Chris implement groundwater solutions and install a 4-inch drain tile so they can create a solid base for their liner. The rocking of the reptile rec pond is now underway!

Intake Bay for Reptile REC POND – Part 2

Ed the Pond Professor arrives at the job site and notices we’ll need to make adjustments to our intake bay. The reptile rec pond comes in at a 30,000 gph requiring 500 gallons of water storage.

Reptile REC POND Design for Collared Lizards – Part 1

Chris joins the Earth Works team down in Florida to collaborate on a recreation pond for eastern collared lizards! The 20′ x 25′ reptile rec pond will utilize a tile drainage system to combat hydrostatic pressure from the groundwater.

Earth Works is proud to have hosted the 2021 Aquascape Winter build with Greg Wittstock, founder of Aquascape for Certified Aquascape Contractors from around the country. Participating CAC’s include:

  1. Chris Pekarek | Poseidon’s Aquatic Designs
  2. Stan Lepkowski | Delaware Water Features
  3. Stan Lepkowski | Delaware Water Features
  4. Greg Gill | Eastern Iowa Landscape
  5. Bob Kerr | Gradex Company LLC
  6. Zak Kladden | Majestic Water Gardens
  7. Thomas Smith | Garden State Koi
  8. Tim Dille | Garden State Koi
  9. Enrique Gomez | Garden State Koi
  10. Jason Borawski | Liberty’s Pavers, Ponds, & Water Features
  11. Armando Amaya | Virginia Water Gardens
  12. Charlie Ross | Virginia Water Gardens
  13. Armando Amaya | Virginia Water Gardens
  14. Crystal Urquizu | Virginia Water Gardens
  15. Don | Virginia Water Gardens
  16. Allan Schule | Sound Shore Pond Inc.
  17. Bruno Maegerle | Pond Pros
  18. Chris Ostrander | Living Water Landscape Service
  19. Alex Oren | Landvista Aquascapes
  20. William Seeds III | Seeds of Nature Watergardens
  21. Brent Hullinger | The Pond Beyond, LLC
  22. Yogi Davis | Bear Stone & Aquatic Design
  23. John Griffith | Paradise Ponds
  24. Patrick Kirby | AquaReale
  25. Carl Petite | Columbia Water Gardens
  26. Brad Cheney | Nature’s Image Aquatic Design LLC
  27. Micah Miller | Easton Outdoors
  28. Frank Council | Easton Outdoors
  29. Evan Hamner | Easton Outdoors
  30. Rico Rosa Arce | Easton Outdoors
  31. Ethan Hammond | Amen Corner Ponds
  32. Jeremy Vlcek | Vlcek Gardens
  33. Jay McCormick | Aquatic Lifestyles LKC
  34. Zachary Medori | Turpin Design/Build
  35. Max Taylor | Turpin Design/Build
  36. Dave DeGroot | Artisan Water Gardens
  37. Martin V Dimitrov | Atlantic Ponds LLC
  38. Cody Gilstrap | River Rock Water Gardens
  39. Chris Sturdyvin | Chris’ Water Gardens
  40. Mark Carlson | Chris’ Water Gardens
  41. Franco Propato | Frank Propato Landscaping LLC
  42. Greg Falvo | We Build. LLC
  43. Sean Frost | Nature Scapes
  44. Bubba Hogan | Dreamscapes Landscaping
  45. Scott Anderson | Scott Anderson Design
  46. Brad Fontaine | Florida Custom Aquatic Services
  47. Adam Goit | Brookside Landscape and Design
  48. Nate Shirley | Brookside Landscape and Design
  49. Brad Fontaine | Florida Custom Aquatic Services
  50. Trevor Gibson | Florida Custom Aquatic Services
  51. John Underwood | The Pond Beyond
  52. Matt Berry | Nature Scapes
  53. Adam Klingenberg | Florida Custom Aquatic Services
  54. Beth Roth | Triton Waterscapes
  55. Kathy Rosen | Delco Ponds and Waterscapes
  56. Jeff Norman | Great Lakes Pondscapes
  57. Allison Norman | Great Lakes Pondscapes
  58. Gunther| Six Flags Nursery Supply LLC
  59. Stephen Perez | Stephens Landscaping of Clermont
  60. Brandon Grope | PondScape LLC
  61. Amanda Gunther | Six Flags Nursery Supply LLC
  62. Jay Duke | Rivercrest
  63. Greg Gill | Eastern Iowa Landscape
  64. Steve Roth | Triton Waterscapes
  65. Peter Donahue | GreenPete, LLC
  66. Brian Rosen | Delco Ponds and Waterscapes
  67. Aaron Cruz | Garden State Koi
  68. Baldo Bautista | Garden State Koi
  69. Kimberly Kontopodias | Across the Pond Aquascapes LLC
  70. Maggie Hutt | Across the Pond Aquascapes LLC
  71. April Dugan | April Dugan
  72. Melanie Norman | Great Lakes Pondscapes
  73. Brian Norman | Great Lakes Pondscapes
  74. Lisa Ballantine | Ballantine
  75. Ben Clark | Buddy’s Property Services, LLC
  76. Garrett Wurzbach | Aqua Escapes LLC
  77. Aaron Chico | Blue Lotus Waterscapes & Design
  78. Zachary Watson | Site Pros Landscaping, Inc.
  79. John Adams | Modern Design Aquascaping Inc.
  80. Alissa Wells | Site Pros Landscaping, Inc.
  81. Tim Wood | Aquatic Edge
  82. Cameron Perez | Stephens Landscaping of Clermont
  83. Tim Wood | Aquatic Edge
  84. Casey Perez | Stephen’s Landscaping
  85. Gabriel Botto | Island Aquascape Inc
  86. Brad Birch | BBs Aquatic Service LLC
  87. Robert Lofgran | Wasatch Ponds
  88. Andrew Starkey | Aloha Landscaping and Services
  89. Zoran | Zorancreative
  90. Jerome Fischer Alabama Aquascapes
  91. Kyle Brown | Modern Concepts Custom Outdoor Creations
  92. Garth Price | Modern Concepts
  93. Diana Cagle | Aqua Dreamscapes LLC
  94. Pheonix Singleton | Ceto Waterscapes
  95. Joel Lattimer | Lattimer Landscaping Inc
  96. Luke Lattimer | Lattimer Landscaping Inc
  97. William Adams | Lattimer Landscaping Inc
  98. George Ruiz | TAMPA BAY PONDS & ROCKS
  99. Carl Gennaro Jr | EnviroScapes Property Specialist, Inc
  100. Zachary Pascoe |EnviroScapes Property Specialist Inc
  101. Daniel Brown | EnviroScapes Property Specialist Inc
  102. George Ruiz | TAMPA BAY PONDS & ROCKS
  103. Agustin Rojas | TAMPA BAY PONDS & ROCKS
  104. Sean Kaplan | Oasis Ponds
  105. Joel Kaplan | Oasis Ponds
  106. Casey McKown | Red Fox Holdings, LLC
  107. Christopher | Leathernecklandscapingdesign@gmail.com
  108. Tony Burnett | PondScape LLC
  109. Robyn Pekarek | Poseidon’s Aquatic Designs
  110. Melissa Kerr | Gradex Company LLC
  111. Alicia Kladden | Majestic Water Gardens
  112. Jenny Borawski | Liberty’s Pavers, Ponds, & Water Features
  113. Net Ross | Virginia Water Gardens
  114. Becky Maegerle | Pond Pros
  115. Erin Maegerle | Pond Pros
  116. Molly Maegerle | Pond Pros
  117. Jenn Arias | Landvista Aquascapes
  118. Samantha Brown | Seeds of Nature Watergardens
  119. Michelle Petite | Columbia Water Gardens
  120. Charlie Carmichael | Easton Outdoors
  121. Sonny Harris | Easton Outdoors
  122. Jackie Sturdyvin | Chris’ Water Gardens
  123. Michelle Ostrander | Living water landscape service
  124. Briauna Gennaro| EnviroScapes Property Specialist Inc

DAY ONE: Team Aquascape Winter Retreat 2021
It was a great first-day kickoff at Earth Works of the Team Aquascape Winter Retreat-St Augustine Alligator Farm pond builds. Aquascape, Earth Works, and contractors from around the country had been preparing for months for this week’s activities. The amount of energy and associated expense for all in attendance during these difficult times deserves recognition and praise.

Wednesday night was the kickoff for the event at the Earth Works garden center with meet & greet opportunities and an hour-long Q&A before the group between Greg, Mark Fechtel, and Jason Duffney about the thirty-plus year success story of Earth Works and its role in providing a wide range of outdoor living services including Aquascape water features and its core state of the art technologies that take the stress and strain out of water feature maintenance while providing high performance and client satisfaction.

The Tribe as the Aquascape gaggle of pond diggers is known is welcoming to everyone with Greg setting the tone with an outreached hand for those he’s had relationships with for decades, as well as first-timers to this Team Aquascape event.
Over one hundred contractors attended including company owners, foremen, and reps that wear a myriad of other hats covering the wide range of duties achievers take on in building an idea into a successful business.

Greg espoused the benefits of sharing and learning from one another pointing out those members in attendance with five and ten plus years of experience with Aquascape. There are numerous Aquascape artists of the year and Jason Duffney is notably last year’s Aquascape Businessman of the Year. Greg encouraged tribe members to tap the knowledge base of those next to them as it is extensive among the tribe members in attendance.

The network of the Aquascape Tribe will doubtlessly strengthen this week. Aquascape contractors around the country will benefit as these technologies are installed at the St. Augustine Alligator Farm Zoological Park where thousands of guests pass through each year, and Zoo Director John Brueggen shares the success and potential of these applications with his international network of zoological society tribe members.

Plus, remember that for comprehensive solutions to your specific lawn, garden and landscaping need contact Earth Works of Jacksonville online and at 904-996-0712.
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