Pool & Spa News is owned by Hanley Wood LLC, the leading business-to-business media company serving the pool and spa, housing and construction industries. This prestigious industry magazine is known for its thorough research of the movers and shakers in the pool and spa industry. This high status publication recognizes Residential and Commercial pool builder, Van Kirk & Sons of Deerfield Beach, Florida to be one of the best in the nation.
A Family owned and operated company since 1975; the Van Kirk family comes from a strong family foundation with, superior work ethics, hard working skills, a passion and enthusiasm for ownership, and a continuation to build a high-quality public image. Over the years the company has also strengthen its image through marketing and advertising and branched out into new markets, such as the commercial and water park industry.
The state of the economy is causing most businesses to hunker down, cut costs and wait, but that may not always be the best strategy. Van Kirk & Sons owners and brothers, Tim and Bobby Van Kirk are taking aggressive actions in a tough market to stand above the rest. “The real resiliency of the industry is in variety, not always volume, says Tim Van Kirk. “My brother and I have channeled new streams of revenue in the business. Our commercial division, Van Kirk Commercial Pools & Spas, Inc., has proved to be a steady source of income.” In 2009 Van Kirk & Sons was ranked as one of the Top 5 Commercial Builders in the Nation, with 2008 commercial construction revenue at $9.4 million. “We’ve been doing commercial pool work for about 15 years, but within the last 5 years we are aggressively going after large scale commercial pool projects like water parks and athletic centers. The company has built several strong commercial connections in the last few years, says Bobby. Van Kirk has also become diversified in its products and services such as manufacturing their own custom products, and catering to a higher income level client.
We’ve found over the years that residential and commercial trend differently, so if residential is down, commercial seems to stay up. Then as residential bounces back, commercial trends down,” says Bobby Van Kirk. Van Kirk is now commercially licensed to perform work in 9 states: Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Louisiana, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Nevada. “In this environment, you have to be going out after every possibility. Some of that includes going after a wider geography. We have even expanded out to the Caribbean market,” states Tim. Van Kirk just recently completed a residential remodel project in St. Croix U.S. Virgin Islands.
Another other market that the Van Kirk’s have tapped into is green building. This encompasses building using strategies aimed at improving performance across all the metrics that matter most: energy savings, water efficiency, CO2 emissions reduction, improved indoor environmental quality, and stewardship of resources and sensitivity to their impacts
(U.S. Green Building Council 2008). Van Kirk has been U.S. Green Building Council Members since 2008 and has a LEED accredited professional on board with them that has a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles. “More resorts and hotels are beginning to show an interest in green technology as a way to attract customers who want to be environmentally responsible, and we want to be able to capture a part of that pie too, say Tim Van Kirk.
Proving to be one of the best pool builders in the nation, Van Kirk & Sons continues to explore new avenues and markets. With Van Kirk & Sons Commercial Division rapidly growing throughout the nation and their residential pool construction standing above the rest it is apparent that this small family owned pool company is taking the country by storm.
For more information, please visit www.vankirkcommercialpools.com
or call (800) 741-3911.