Knowledge is better when shared.

As part of our professional standards and dedication to industry improvement, the partners of Counsilman-Hunsaker regularly write and publish professional articles, many of which have been compiled here. This practice helps us to continually raise the bar for ourselves; to challenge our assumptions and to push the envelope of creativity and innovation.


  • Four Things in Aquatics That Need to Change - March 7, 2018
    By George Deines Featured in Park & Recreation magazine – Aquatics Guide 2018 Four Things to Change NRPA magazin… more
  • Adapting Your Aquatic Sport Pool into a “Pool” of Fun - January 13, 2018
    By: Staci Pye Featured in Campus Rec magazine – Nov/Dec 2017 issue Adapting Your Aquatic Sport Pool Into a Pool of… more
  • Summer Survival Guide - August 17, 2017
    By George Deines  You’ve filled your pools, hired and trained your aquatic team and the sun will hopefully… more
  • Planning for a Successful Operation - May 10, 2017
    By: Kevin Post Opening your commercial pool for the summer months can be a difficult task without proper planning. Betw… more
  • Press Release: American Red Cross and Counsilman-Hunsaker Partner - March 10, 2017
    Read about the latest services being offered through the partnership between the American Red Cross and Counsilman-H… more
  • Acronyms We Are Watching - March 8, 2017
    By George Deines, Project Manager Published in World Waterpark magazine, March 2017 Acronyms We Are Watching –… more
  • Aquatic Trends - February 2, 2017
    By: George Deines Published in Parks and Recreation magazine, December 2016 issue Aquatics Trends According to the Wo… more
  • An Alternative Process To Major Aquatic Equipment Selections - January 25, 2017
    By Scott W. Hester, P.E. Presented at the Illinois Park and Recreation Conference, January 20, 2017 Alternative Equip… more
  • How Soil Conditions Can Affect Pools - January 20, 2017
    By: Darren Bevard, P.E. How Soil Conditions Can Affect Pools Published in Aquatics International magazine – Ja… more
  • What are the Key Qualities of Great Leaders? - January 20, 2016
    By: George Deines Featured in Athletic Business magazine Jan/Feb 2016 issue What Are The Key Qualities of Great Leader… more
  • The Modern Competition Pool - December 30, 2015
    By Travis Stensby The Modern Competition Pool If you’ve seen one competition pool, have you seen them all? While many… more
  • MAHC Updates Matter to You - December 17, 2015
    By: Nicole Van Winkle Published in World Waterpark magazine, December 2015 issue You have no doubt heard rumblings abo… more
  • A Better Business Plan-Operational Success for Aquatic Facilities Through Proper Business Planning - December 1, 2015
    A Better Business Plan-Operational Success for Aquatic Facilities Through Proper Business Planning (PDF)… more
  • Facing the Challenges of Managing Multiple Aquatic Facilities - November 30, 2015
    By: George Deines and Adam Blackmore Published in World Waterpark magazine July/August 2015 issue Training Trying to… more
  • Things to Consider In Developing Public & Private Waterparks - November 24, 2015
    By Kevin Post Published in World Waterpark Expansion Guide, 2015-2016 Things to Consider in Developing Public and Pri… more
  • Freedom Springs Aquatic Park- Jump In to Summer Fun! - November 24, 2015
    By: Nicole Van Winkle Published in World Waterpark magazine, October/November 2015 Jump Into Summer Fun Memorial Wee… more
  • Spectator Splash - May 6, 2015
    By Scott W. Hester Published in Athletic Business – May 2015 issue Spectator Splash Spectator seating is univer… more
  • You’re Not Alone! Facing and Fixing the Top Aquatic Challenges - March 19, 2015
    By George Deines Published: Park and Rec Business magazine – April 2015 issue Your’re Not Alone As the preside… more
  • Overcome the 5 Areas of Guest Complaints - March 17, 2015
    Published: World Waterpark magazine – February 2015 By: George Deines Overcoming The 5 Areas of Guest Complain… more
  • Perception vs. Reality - March 17, 2015
    Published: Rec Management magazine – March 2015 issue By: Michael Morehart  Perception vs Reality It… more
  • Cultural Approaches to Aquatics - February 12, 2015
    Published: Aquatics International magazine – January 2015 By: Paul Graves and Michelle Schwartz Culture is the byp… more
  • Spring Loaded – Top 10 Attributes of a World-Class Diving Venue - December 1, 2014
    Published: Athletic Business By Doug Cook The design of a world-class diving venue requires understanding diving fac… more
  • It’s a Numbers Game - November 30, 2014
    Published: Parks and Rec Business By Kevin Post and George Deines In a world where the goal is getting closer and closer t… more
  • Planning the Perfect Waterpark - April 30, 2014
    Published: Park and Rec Business By Kevin Post Rather than traditional flat water rectangular pools, stimulating wat… more
  • Waterpark Success: Designing the Perfect Waterpark - April 19, 2012
    Published: World Waterpark – Development and Expansion Guide November 2011-2012 issue By: Kevin Post Rather than t… more
  • Including Operations & Personnel in the Design Process - November 6, 2011
    Key factors to consider before designing your next aquatic venue. By Scot Hunsaker An engineer, an architect and a lawy… more
  • Cold Comfort - November 6, 2011
    Published: Aquatics International By Doug Cook and Matt Reynolds SOME BASIC KNOWLEDGE OF MATERIALS AND INSTALLATION… more
  • Addicted to Subsidies? - October 27, 2011
    By Scott Hester | October 2011 Aquatics International Here’s the simple truth: If your facility relies on subsi… more
  • Hitting the Mark - October 1, 2009
    Presenting a strong RFP or RFQ is the first step in completing a facility or renovation that stands the tests of time and b… more
  • Games Swimmers Play - October 1, 2009
    Collegiate aquatic centers are increasingly incorporating design elements and equipment that accommodate high-ac… more
  • Managing a Cutting Edge Aquatic Center - January 1, 2009
    Read what to look for when choosing an Aquatics Director. By Kevin Post and Michelle Schwartz | 2009 Recreation Managem… more
  • Municipal Spas? - October 1, 2008
    Read why it is important for public aquatic facilities to keep up with the times. By D. Scot Hunsaker and Michelle Schwar… more
  • Liquid Escapes - January 1, 2008
    Read how stimulating waterscapes are becoming the norm for hotels, country clubs and municipalities. By Carol Anders… more
  • Hot Trends - January 1, 2008
    Why did it take so long for municipal aquatic trends to head West? By Patricia Soto and Michelle Schwartz | 2008 Californ… more
  • Third-Party Aquatic Center Management: A Look at the Pros & Cons - January 1, 2008
    Management investment must ensure that the facility’s future continues to thrive and challenge itself. By Kev… more
  • Need for Speed - January 1, 2007
    Five keys to understanding the fast pool phenomenon. What is the price of speed? By Steve Crocker and Michelle Schwartz… more
  • Forces of Nature - January 1, 2007
    How natural elements such as rain, flood, freeze, and snow impact the integrity of the pool shell, pipes and structures… more
  • Diving into the Future - January 1, 2007
    Learning from past experience and gathering information about current trends to helps you plan for the future aquatic… more
  • Sink or Swim - January 1, 2007
    Maintaining a successful public-sector waterpark is as easy as 1-2-3. By Scott W. Hester and Michelle Schwartz | 2007 S… more
  • Recipe for Success - January 1, 2007
    An overview of common mistakes, timelines, and where to start when building a municipal aquatic center By Scot Hunsake… more
  • Dream Facility 2006 - January 1, 2006
    The Counsilman Hunsaker Dream Facility is a collaboration of the entire company. Aquatics International magazine, 2… more
  • Dream Weaving - January 1, 2005
    Condensing multiple visions into one is an involved yet necessary step in the process of planning outdoor aquatic faci… more
  • Dream Facility 2005 - January 1, 2005
    The Counsilman Hunsaker Dream Facility is a collaboration of the entire company. Aquatics International magazine, 2… more
  • Rocky Mountain Reply - March 1, 2002
    Colorado Springs has three sparkling, new recreation facilities after the citizens told the politicians what they wa… more
  • Leisure Pools Go To College - January 1, 1999
    The development of campus leisure pools represents just one facet of the changing recreation scene at colleges and uni… more
  • After the Games - May 31, 1998
    What becomes of Olympic pools when the athletes and spectators go home? By Joe Hunsaker | May/June 1998. Aquatics Inter… more
  • Getting Pool Light Right - March 1, 1998
    Find out why choosing the right windows and lighting will help avoid glare and reflections in a natatorium. By Scot Huns… more
  • Pricing Pools - January 1, 1998
    Read how to determine how much your new pool will cost. By Scot Hunsaker | 1998 Athletic Business When trying to estimate… more
  • Great Expectations - January 1, 1998
    How to meet expections of both owner and users when designing an aquatic venue. By Joe Hunsaker | 1998 Aquatics Intern… more
  • Filtration Fundamental - January 1, 1997
    Project-specific needs determine commercial pools’ choice of filtration systems. By Scot Hunsaker | 1997 Athleti… more
  • Winning Pocketbook Support for Public Facilities - January 1, 1997
    What it takes to sufficiently fund a community aquatic center. Scot Hunsaker | 1997 Park and Recreation Money may not bu… more
  • Clean and Balanced - March 1, 1996
    Choosing the best sanitization product for your pool, i.e., sodium hydrochlorite, ozone or bromine. By Scot Hunsaker… more
  • Have a Plan Before You Take the Plunge - February 1, 1996
    Find out how a feasibility study can help analyse the needs and desires of the community. By Scot Hunsaker | February 199… more
  • Capital Improvements - January 1, 1994
    How Jefferson City, Missouri, renovated and updated Memorial Park Swimming Pool. By Scot Hunsaker | 1994 Athletic B… more
  • Aquatic Management, Seasonally - January 1, 1993
    How to manage your business in the off season. By Scot Hunsaker | 1993 Athletic Business As someone who works in the aquat… more
  • Under the Surface - December 1, 1992
    Is your pool 15, 20, 25 years old? It may be time to conduct a natatorium facility audit. By Joe Hunsaker | December 1992 At… more
  • What You Should Know Before You Build - July 1, 1992
    How does the design and construction process begin? By Joe Hunsaker | July 1992 Park & Recreation Organized activi… more
  • Protected From the Elements - January 1, 1992
    Read how indoor waterparks can offer fun year-round. By Scot Hunsaker | 1992 Aquatics International Indoor aquatic pa… more
  • Swimming in the Fast Lane - January 1, 1992
    What makes water fast? By Joe Hunsaker | 1992 Aquatics International Speed in the water is the goal of the world-class sw… more
  • Pools from the Ground Up - January 1, 1990
    Indoor swim centers are growing in popularity, but to obtain a sophisticated yet affordable facility, careful attent… more
  • Supersizing Your Existing Swimming Pool - January 1, 1990
    Analyzing Options for an Aging Aquatic Facility By Scot Hunsaker | 1990 Athletic Business See if this story sounds fami… more