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Swimming Pool and Spa Design Awards

Industry awards help to give you a good, honest “third party” opinion about a builder's talents and quality of workmanship. Of course, you only have to build one great pool to call yourself “an award-winning pool builder.” But Lew Akins has been winning awards since 1987, with over one hundred awards when he was at Ocean Quest Pools in Austin, and another sixty or so since he founded Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins. You must admit that over 200 awards and counting, the phrase “award-winning” starts to become an understatement.

 

Award winners are chosen by independent third party experts who know a lot about pools, such as The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the National Spa and Pool InstitutePool and Spa News national industry magazine and the Pool and Spa News national industry magazine.

 

Over the years, Lew has written numerous articles on pool design and “negative edge” pool as well as regular columns and feature articles for Pool and Spa News for years.

 

Click here to see the list of awards

 

Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins


 

Ocean Quest Pools of Austin

Lew Akins won the following awards when he was the owner of Ocean Quest Pools of Austin.

 


 

Ocean Quest Pools By Lew Akins

  • Year
  • Association
  • Type of Award
  • Award Name
  • 2010
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Award
  • Gold- Freeform 450 sq. ft. or less
  • 2010
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Award
  • Gold- Hot tubs/ spas/ water features
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Awards of Excellence
  • Gold- Natural Materials
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Awards of Excellence
  • Gold- Spas Built in conjunction with swimming pools
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Award
  • Gold- Natural Materials
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Award
  • Merit- Traditional 600 sq. ft. or less
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Award
  • Gold- Technical Engineering Achievement
  • 2009
  • APSP
  • Best of Temple
  • Electronic Educational Training Material
  • 2008
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Awards
  • Gold- Freeform 451-759 sq. ft.
  • 2008
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Awards
  • Gold- Natural Materials
  • 2008
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Awards
  • Bronze- Geometric 600 sq. ft. or less
  • 2008
  • APSP
  • Region 3 Design Awards
  • Bronze- Vanishing edge 600 sq. ft. or less
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • Award of Excellence
  • Residential Concrete Geometric, 600 sq ft or less
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • Award of Excellence
  • Residential Concrete Natural Material Vanishing Spa
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award
  • Bronze Award in Negative Edge Pools 601 sq ft or more
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Res. Conc. Traditional 601 sq ft or more
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in in Res. Conc. Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award
  • Bronze Award in Res Conc. Natural 600 sq or less
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Award in Spas Built in Conjunction with a Swimming Pool
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Swim Spas under 200 sq ft that has swim jets in a portion of the vessel
  • 2007
  • APSP
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Negative Edge Pools Conc. 600 sq ft or less
  • 2006
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2006
  • Jorwest
  • Showroom Design Award
  • Best Showroom over 1,500 sq ft
  • 2005
  • APSP
  • International Awards of Excellence
  • Silver Medal in Freeform 751 sq ft
  • 2005
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2005
  • Jacuzzi
  • Exceptional Customer Service Award
  • Outstanding Customer Satisfaction
  • 2005
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Negative Edge Pools 610 sq ft or more (A)
  • 2005
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Negative Edge Pools 610 sq ft or more (B)
  • 2004 -2005
  • Belton Adopt-a-School
  • Partnership Award
  • Belton Adopt-a-School Partnership Award
  • 2004
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Award in Commercial Water Features (A)
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Award in Commercial Water Features (B)
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Conc. Spas Exterior Use
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Negative Edge Pools 610 sq ft or more
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Negative Edge Pools 610 sq ft or more
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Negative Edge Pools 610 sq ft or more
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Negative Edge Pools Conc. 600 sq ft or less
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Portable Spas Interior or Exterior Use
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Award in Portable Spas Interior or Exterior Use
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Portable Spas Interior or Exterior Use
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Swimming Pools Displayed in a Retail Environment (A)
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Swimming Pools Displayed in a Retail Environment (B)
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Technical-Engineering Achievement (A)
  • 2004
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Technical-Engineering Achievement (B)
  • 2003
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2003
  • NSPI
  • International Awards of Excellence
  • Bronze Medal in Commercial Water Features
  • 2003
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze award, Negative edge pools
  • 2003
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Res Conc. Natural 610 sq ft or more of water surface area
  • 2003
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Technical-Engineering Achievement Swimming Pools requiring unique technical-engineering expertise
  • 2002
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2001
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2001
  • NSPI
  • International Awards of Excellence
  • Award of Merit in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 2001
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Geometric 601 sq ft or more of water surface area
  • 2001
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Manufactured Spas built in Conj. with a swimming pool
  • 2001
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Negative Edge Pools Conc.
  • 2001
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder
  • 2000
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 2000
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Pools with Vanishing Edge 600 sq ft or less
  • 2000
  • NSPI
  • National Award, Region 3
  • Hall of Fame Gold Award
  • 2000
  • NSPI
  • National Award, Region 3
  • Hall of Fame Silver Award
  • 2000
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder

 

Ocean Quest Pools of Austin

(Courtesy of Sandy Vollentine / Ocean Quest Pools)

  • Year
  • Association
  • Type of Award
  • Award Name
  • 1999
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder
  • 1999
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 1998
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder
  • 1998
  • Paramount
  • Appreciation Award
  • Appreciation of Outstanding Effort and Product Support
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Natural 600 sq ft or less
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Negative Edge Pools
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Gold Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Pools with Automatic Covers
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Natural Conc. Pools 601 sq ft or more
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Geometric Conc. Pools 600 sq ft or less
  • 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Freeform Conc. 601 sq ft or more
  • 1998
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Design Excellence
  • 1997 - 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform under 600 sq ft
  • 1997 - 1998
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1997
  • TXCABA
  • Design Award
  • Best Poolscape
  • 1997
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (C)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (B)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (A)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (E)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (D)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (C)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (B)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Pool and Spa Design Award (A)
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Pool and Spa Design Award
  • 1997
  • NSPI
  • Certification
  • Certified Building Professional
  • 1996 - 1997
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Water Features
  • 1996
  • TXCABA
  • Design Award
  • Best Poolscape
  • 1996
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Industry's Choice
  • Distinguished Builder
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Residential Pools with Automatic Covers with Tracks
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Traditional 600 sq ft or less
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Natural Woods & Rock Settings, 601 sq ft or more
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Residential Concrete Geometric 601 sq ft or more
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Geometric 600 sq ft or less
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more (B)
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more (A)
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Concrete Pool with a Negative Edge
  • 1996
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Concrete Pool with a Negative Edge
  • 1996
  • Carecraft
  • Dedication to Excellence
  • Richard Quint Award
  • 1995
  • TXCABA
  • Design Award
  • Best Poolscape
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Traditional 600 sq ft or more
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Natural Woods & Rock Settings, 600 sq ft or more
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Natural Woods & Rock Settings, 600 sq ft or less
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Natural Woods & Rock Settings, 600 sq ft or less
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform, 601 sq ft or more
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Concrete Pool with a Negative Edge (B)
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Concrete Pool with a Negative Edge (A)
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Residential Pools with Automatic Covers with Tracks
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Natural under 601 sq ft
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1995
  • NSPI
  • International Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Water Features-Residential Category 28
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Water Features-Residential Category 28
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement Category 26
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Spas Built in Conjunction with a Swimming Pool Category 33
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Spas Built in Conjunction with a Swimming Pool Category 33
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Semi-Public Pools 3001 sq ft and over Category 24
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Semi-Public Pools 3000 sq ft and under Category 23
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Pools with Automatic Covers with Tracks Category 16
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Pools with Automatic Covers with Tracks Category 16
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Traditional Category 3, 600 sq ft or less
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Geometric Category 6, 601 sq ft or more
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Medal in Residential Concrete Geometric Category 5, 600 sq ft or less
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Geometric Category 5, 600 sq ft or less
  • 1994
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Concrete Spas-Exterior Use Category 29
  • 1993
  • TXCABA
  • Design Award
  • Best Poolscape
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Geometric 601 sq ft or more
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Semi-Public 3000 sq ft & under
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Geometric 601 sq ft or more
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Gold Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 1993
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Exterior Concrete Spas
  • 1993
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Ivester Residence
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Residential Interior Pools
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Merit Award in Residential Concrete Natural 601 sq ft or more
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Residential Concrete Natural 600 sq ft or less
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Residential Concrete Geometric 600 sq ft or less
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Interior Pools
  • 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Geometric 600 sq ft or less
  • 1992
  • Carecraft
  • Design Excellence
  • Smith Residence
  • 1991 - 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Bronze Medal in Water Features-Commercial
  • 1991 - 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1991 - 1992
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform over 601 sq ft or more
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Residential Concrete Natural 600 sq ft or less
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Freeform 601 sq ft or more
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Second Place in Portable Spas-Exterior Use
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Second Place in Commercial Water Feature
  • 1991
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Gold Medal in Residential Pools with Automatic Covers with Tracks
  • 1990
  • Pool & Spa News
  • Featured Article: ""A Builder's Pride""
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Second Place in Spas Built in Conjunction with a Swimming Pool
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Traditional
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Portable Spas-Exterior Use
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • First Place in Concrete Spas-Exterior Use
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Commercial Water Feature
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Semi-Public Pools 1000 sq ft or less
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Concrete Traditional 601 sq ft or more
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Traditional 601 sq ft or more
  • 1990
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Award of Merit in Concrete Spas-Exterior
  • 1989 - 1990
  • NSPI
  • Service Award
  • Greater Austin Chapter Service Appreciation Award
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Water Features-Commercial
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Spas Built in Conjunction with a Swimming Pool
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Semi-Public Pools over 1001 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Medal in Residential Water Features
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Residential Interior Pools
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Residential Interior Pools
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Residential Concrete Traditional under 600 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Residential Concrete Natural under 600 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Award of Merit in Residential Concrete Geometric 600 sq ft or less
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Residential Concrete Freeform under 600 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Gold Award in Residential Concrete Freeform under 600 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Silver Award in Residential Concrete Freeform over 600 sq ft
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award, Region 3
  • Bronze Medal in Residential Concrete Freeform 600 sq ft or less
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Semi-Public Pools
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Gold Medal in Technical-Engineering Achievement
  • 1989
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Silver Medal in Residential Interior Pools
  • 1988
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • Details Pending
  • 1987
  • NSPI
  • National Design Award
  • First Ever National Design Award

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