Wednesday, 28 October 2015 14:19

Bull Valley, IL Custom Inground Swimming Pool Has It All! Featured

Because the elevation of the finished pool was slated to be above the existing grade for a large portion of the pool, most of the structure of the swimming pool had to be framed in plywood.


The framing was installed, allowing our crews to install the shotcrete swimming pool structure properly.


Specialists were brought in to create artifical rock structures for a very large waterfall and grotto structure.  The homeowner wanted to have the ability to jump off of the rock structure, and this structure accomplished this task.

Artificial Rock

The cascading waterfall provides noise, ans well as a shelter for swimmers inside the grotto. 



Tucked inside the rock structure is a 8'0" diving board, for those swimmers looking for a more traditional means of springing into the pool.

diving board

Wrapped around the rock structure and waterfall is a 60 foot custom slide.  

slide total

This is what the slide looked like as it was being installed.  Concrete piers were installed to support the massive structure, and the slide was brought in and bolted together.


A view from near the top of the slide gives a perspective on the height at which the ride begins.

Upper Slide

For those looking for a more peaceful form of recreation, this pool features a lazy river that flows around a sunken island, complete with fire pit.

lazy river


The brige that connects the decking area to the island provides an easy means of accessing the island without getting wet.

Stairs to Slide


Kids can enter the pool via the 300 square foot zero depth sunshelf.  This area is also ideal for sunbathing adults.  The sunshelf is equipped with agitator jets to keep dirt moving and off of the shelf.


When one is done floating around the lazy river and is in need of a warm-up, the 125 square foot raised hydrotherapy pool provides an invigorating respite.


shelf and spa

A 50-foot infinity edge provides the crisp, modern detail that every residential waterpark needs.

Negative Edge

This is no ordinary swimming pool equipment pad.  This pump room houses three heaters, three filters, seven pumps, commercial UV system, mineral sanitizer, three chlorinators, and a control center.  

Pump Room


The LED lights change colors, providing a dramatic setting during the evening hours.  

final shot 2

James Atlas

James Atlas, an 22-year veteran of the swimming pool industry, is the owner and co-principal of Platinum Poolcare Ltd., a residential swimming pool construction, renovation and maintenance company with service to several commercial aquatic properties including the Bulls, Bears and White Sox training facilities.

Platinum Poolcare Owner James Atlas came to the pool industry after three years of options trading after college, cashing in his chips to work with father Ronald Atlas, owner of Paragon Pools, a commercial pool construction and design company. An entrepreneur at heart, Atlas quickly started up an off–shoot company, Fountain Technologies, through which he designed and constructed water features for luxury residential and commercial properties.

When his brother took over that company, Atlas founded Pool Watch, a management company servicing recreational pools with lifeguard staffing, facility openings, closings and general maintenance. He sold Fountain Technologies and Pool Watch in 1994 and 1995.

Looking to broaden his skill set in the pool servicing industry, Atlas went back to his family pool business, working as a project estimator for multi-million-dollar waterparks, competition pools, high-rise pools, and other large-scale projects.

After a few years, Atlas began receiving consistent inquiries from residential property owners interested in pool construction and servicing. With his father’s blessing, Atlas took the reigns on those new accounts and formed a new company called Platinum Aquatech.

Again looking to go off on his own, Atlas teamed up with Terry Smith, owner of Poolcare Aquatech, another partner company with Ronald Atlas which focused on the service and maintenance. The two companies merged, with Terry and James owning a fifty-fifty share in 2007, effectively becoming Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.

Company Background

Platinum Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd., founded in 2007, and resulting from a merger of Platinum Aquatech, Ltd. (luxury swimming pool construction) and Poolcare Aquatech, Ltd.(service, repairs, renovations of swimming pools and spas), specializes in all aspects of pool design, construction and renovation with added focus on specialty aquatic features such as waterfalls, lazy rivers, rock water applications, statuary and other luxury waterscape amenities. The company also provides installation and maintenance services for its customers.

Platinum Poolcare has raised the standards of excellence in residential and commercial pools, spa and waterscape design and construction. We have a combined half-century of experience in building, servicing, maintaining, and renovating award-winning and nationally-recognized gunite pools throughout the greater Chicago area and other Midwest states.

Based in Wheeling, Ill., the company’s headquarters spans 10,000 square-feet of warehouse and office space with 46 trucks, 130 employees during peak season, and one of the industry’s largest onsite replacement parts inventory for quick fixes.

Platinum Poolcare has repeatedly graced the cover of various industry magazines, and has earned hundreds of awards for its designs. The company belongs to the prestigious, invitation-only Aquatech Society for professional pool builders.

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