If you already do commercial work — or are thinking of going in that direction — listen up. This year, the Commercial Pavilion debuts at the International Pool | Spa | Patio Expo, along with the adjacent Commercial Education Classroom where seminars will be held. Together, they total 2,500 square feet, and growing.

Within the pavilion area booths will display equipment, chemicals, fencing, services, and more. Exhibits will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Friday.

It’s easy to see why show organizers decided to expand the commercial offerings. 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 industry leaders “triggered the need for the 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 organizers intend to grow this segment each year.

From Nov. 5-7, the Commercial Education Classroom (Booth 4635) 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.

A 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 crypto 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 MAHC.

Understanding Emerging Pool Cleaning Technologies

Friday, 10:30-11:30 a.m.,

Rich Cacioppo Sr., director of sales and marketing, Water Tech Corp.

This class will provide insights into the ever-evolving pool cleaner sector.

Also, another commercial seminar is available: “Genesis 3 - Construction 251: Commercial Pools & Waterparks.” Held Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., it’s presented by Scott Hester, president, Counsilman-Hunsaker, and is especially helpful for residential builders interested in taking on commercial projects. It covers the additional hurdles and time/expense required, guiding students toward a successful transition into large projects. Separate registration and fees apply.

Hanley Wood is the parent company of Metrostudy, Hanley Wood Exhibitions and Pool & Spa News.