This year, there’s an emphasis on the commercial side of the industry at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo. The Commercial Pavilion will debut, along with the adjacent Commercial Education Classroom. Together, they total 2,500 square feet, and growing. Aquatics professionals, pool/spa industry pros, and backyard living specialists will converge on the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., Nov. 2-7, for the Expo and Conference.

In the new Commercial Pavilion area, they’ll find booths displaying products such as pool equipment, chemicals and fencing, as well as services, and more. Exhibits will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday, and 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.

It’s easy to see why show organizers decided to expand the commercial offerings. After all, nearly 40 percent of Expo attendees last year said they work in some part of the industry’s commercial segment. Meanwhile, Metrostudy’s data shows a steady rise in commercial construction projects — and, say show organizers, feedback from leaders in the various industry sectors “triggered the need for the PSP Expo to offer the same great level of service, products, exhibits and networking opportunities” to the commercial segment as they have for the residential segment.

“It is our goal to see the entire pool, spa and backyard industry grow and succeed,” says show director Tracy Garcia, CEM. She adds that this expansion will provide key insights for commercial attendees, and that organizers intend to grow this segment each year.

For insights in the classroom this year, attendees need go no farther than Booth 4635. From Wednesday, Nov. 5, through Friday, Nov. 7, the Commercial Education Classroom will host sessions that are free this inaugural year:

Examining Pump Room Efficiency
Wednesday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Mike Fowler, commercial marketing manager,
Pentair Water Commercial Pool & Aquatics
This seminar will look at various ways an aquatics facility can save energy and money with green options for pumps and filters.

Water Chemistry for Commercial Pools — The Science & Regulations
Wednesday, 2-3 p.m.
Ellen Meyer, manager, Technical Services Group, Lonza
This course will cover water chemistry topics for commercial pools, from water
balance to sanitation, plus current and impending codes, laws and standards.

Making Commercial Water Better: Enhanced Filtration for the
Prevention of RWIs in Commercial Pools
Thursday, 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Terry Arko, marketing specialist, SeaKlear
This session will cover a more recent technology of using enhanced filtration with natural bi-polymers for proven, efficient removal of cryptosporidium to the filter.

Science and Re-Emergence of UV, Ozone and Advanced
Oxidation for Commercial Aquatics Venues
Thursday, 2-3 p.m.
Ray Denkewicz, Business Unit leader, sanitization and chemical automation, Hayward Industries
The emphasis will be on the antimicrobial mechanisms of these disinfection technologies, plus a review of current validation testing methods and regulatory guidance documents such as the Model Aquatic Health Code. Also, there will be a live demo showing the potency of advanced oxidation.

Understanding Emerging Pool Cleaning Technologies
Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.,
Rich Cacioppo Sr., director of sales and marketing/administrative counsel, Water Tech Corp.
This class will provide insights into the ever-evolving pool cleaner sector.

In addition, another commercial seminar is available in the Genesis 3 educational program. The two-day class, “Genesis 3 - Construction 251: Commercial Pools & Waterparks,” will be held Monday and Tuesday,
8 a.m.-5 p.m. Separate registration and fees apply.

For more details on the Expo and the Commercial Pavilion, visit Hanley Wood is the parent company of Metrostudy, Hanley Wood Exhibitions and Aquatics International.