PSP/Deck Expo opens its Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge –

Five finalists, including a young professional, will be selected to receive a trip to PSP/Deck Expo 2022 and compete for a first-ever $10,000 prize, provided by Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems. Finalists will present their design solutions to their peers during an in-class training session.

Las Vegas, Nevada (June 7, 2022) – The International Pool | Spa | Expo terrace,
co-located with Deck Expo (PSP/Deck Expo) has opened submissions for its design competition. The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge offers pool designers the opportunity to create a faux outdoor living space, with a minimum budget of $1 million. For the first time, designers can win a top prize of $10,000 thanks to main sponsor, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems.

Reid Schindler and Mike Farley, both landscape architecture graduates with over 50 years of award-winning pool design experience, are teaming up with PSP/Deck Expo for the fourth time to discover the best designers in the industry.

The design contest is now accepting submissions, at: The deadline for submission is September 18. Five finalists, including a young professional (under 30), will be named in early fall.

Finalists will each receive a free Super Pass, travel allowance and two-night stay in Las Vegas and participate in the Million Dollar Pool Finalist session as part of the conference program, where they will each showcase their creations. Live voting during the session will determine the winner of the challenge, who will be named at the end of the session.

“Get ready to leave your mark on the pool design industry,” said Farley. “We’re looking for bold ideas that showcase a designer’s creativity, as well as a viable blueprint for creating their pool vision.”

PSP/Deck Expo will take place November 15-17, 2022 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in Nevada. The pre-show training takes place from November 12-14, with the main conference and exhibition hall taking place from November 15-17.

Riverflow By Current Systems, Inc. – Presenting Sponsor of the Million Dollar Pool Challenge

The Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge for 2022 has a scenario of:


The clients are two lawyers – a husband and a wife – who live in Chicago, Illinois. They are looking for a pleasant setting for their house, which has a lower terrace, a front approach and a roof terrace. Their goals for the space are health, wellness, and self-care. The space will be used seasonally; as a Chicago-based project, the designer must consider wind, sun direction, and shade. The couple will receive 6 to 12 guests maximum.


Aesthetics and view

  • Keep the view open, if possible, but guests also want privacy
  • They prefer to have natural elements, but they like structured design

Items to include

  • The use of a Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems application (lazy river, swim current system or white water current)
  • A fire element around which to gather
  • Cold lighting
  • A real or synthetic lawn area
  • The Use of Ledge Lounger Furniture
  • A hot tub and a cold dip is needed, possibly a sauna
  • An outdoor kitchen

“It’s a great opportunity for designers at all levels to get the recognition they deserve,” Schindler said. “We are looking for designers who can combine the perfect amount of form and function while keeping owners’ wants and needs at the forefront of their design.”

Current Systems’ Riverflow Pumps is the title sponsor of the Million Dollar Pool Design Challenge.

“Designing with Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems opens up many facets,” said Phil de Tournillon, vice president, Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems. “From exercise with swim current to fun and adventure with lazy river current or whitewater current while having a small design footprint.”

Additional sponsors are Ledge Lounger, EstimCad, Pool magazineand the network of young professionals PHTA WAVE.

The winning designers will win a cash prize of:

  • 1st Venue – $10,000 (sponsored by Riverflow Pumps by Current Systems)
  • 2n/a Venue – $3,000
  • 3rd Venue – $1,250
  • 4e Venue – $750
  • 5e Venue – $500

One of five spots is guaranteed to a Young Professional (29 years of age or younger at time of submission), whose trip to PSP/Deck Expo will be sponsored by PHTA WAVE Young Professionals Network.

PSP/Deck Expo brings together builders, service technicians, retailers and distributors. Thousands of members of the pool, spa, patio, deck and outdoor living community attend PSP/Deck Expo to learn about the latest products and services and to network. These interactions come in the form of new and existing connections, training sessions, demos and more.

PSP/Deck Expo actively collaborates across the pool, spa, backyard and deck industries to provide attendees with the most comprehensive array of networking, education and technology available. The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) is the official show sponsor, GENESIS® is the official show promoter, Pool and Spa News (PSN) is the official show publication, and the North American Decking and Railing Association (NADRA) is the bridge. Expo Show Sponsor.

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About the international pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, located at the same location as Deck Expo
The international swimming pool | Spa | Patio Expo™, co-located with Deck Expo, is where all industry segments (pool, spa, patio, deck and outdoor living) come together to stay up-to-date on trends, market directions and technology. The event offers industry professionals a wide selection of educational sessions, an exhibit hall and various networking opportunities. The event partners with The Pool & Hot Tub Alliance (PHTA) as the official show sponsor, GENESIS® as the official show promoter, Pool and Spa News (PSN) as the official show publication and the North American Deck & Railing Association (NADRA) as the official Deck Expo sponsor. The event is owned and produced by Informa Markets.

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