Design, Planning and Operations

Experience the Counsilman Hunsaker Difference

The Aquatic Experts

To create a truly unique aquatic experience, you must be passionately dedicated to excellence from start to finish. With our full circle approach to aquatic planning, design, and operations, Counsilman-Hunsaker provides five decades of unique expertise and unique partnerships to help you imagine the facility of your dreams and then run it with elegant efficiency.

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Uniquely strategizing present and long-term success.

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Uniquely preparing facilities for a successful future.

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Uniquely stunning, yet efficient aquatic design.

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Uniquely sustainable and safe operations.

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Powerful Thought Leadership

Counsilman-Hunsaker has been the aquatic community thought leader for fifty years, expanding our leadership in the aquatic industry, including engineering audits, feasibility studies, design, operations consulting, and HydroApps™, our suite of web-based applications.

  • Design

    Our exceptional design team includes architects, designers, and engineers experienced in providing practical, innovative, and expertly crafted aquatic design plans and physical auditing services that put you in control of your aquatic facility’s future.

  • Planning

    Programming precedes any aquatic design. Counsilman-Hunsaker’s feasibility studies and master plans provide communities with a complete, working strategy through our proven approach for the vision, creation, and sustainability of new aquatic centers.

  • Operations

    With decades of collective experience, Counsilman-Hunsaker’s operations team members offer comprehensive suppoort for the future safety and sustainability of your facility through our Aquatic Management Program™ and our comprehensive suite of HydroApps™.

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Where aquatic management meets life

Work with data, not paper, with HydroApps™ and take your operations to the next level!

HydroApps’ comprehensive, single platform web-based applications are designed and made by aquatic professionals, for aquatic professionals to help your pool run better by lowering risk, reducing your costs, and enhancing safety at your facility. Read more about our Web-Apps on our FAQs.

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Featured Projects

Industry Partners

  • American Red Cross
  • Association of Aquatic Professionals
  • USA Swimming
  • Council for Model Aquatic Health Code (CMAHC)
  • Total Aquatic Programming, LLC
  • National Drowning Prevention Association (NDPA)


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Design Awards


Associates' Years Experience

  • Dee Fairchild

    "Counsilman-Hunsaker was an outstanding pool consultant firm. They listened to our needs and wishes and put those needs and wishes into a magnificent showpiece that is a state-of-the-art space that works for all aspects of our college and community life. In my mind, Counsilman-Hunsaker is the #1 pool consulting firm in the country."

    Dee Fairchild, Grinnell College

  • David Mills

    It has been a real pleasure working with Counsilman-Hunsaker, whose indispensable skills in planning, design and aquatic construction oversight have been invaluable to the Park and Recreation Department. I recommend Counsilman-Hunsaker and express my support for their design services capabilities on aquatic center projects for the City of Dallas.

    David Mills - Parks and Recreation Department - City of Dallas, TX

  • Sarah E. E. Shepherd

    We have been working with the Counsilman-Hunsaker team and have been impressed by their consistent professionalism. They understand our needs and have been able to effectively present design concepts, budgeting and reports to the Board. It has been a pleasure to work with such a talented team.

    Sarah E. E. Shepherd, District Manager - Cherry Creek Vista - Park and Recreation District

  • Catherine Barry

    "Many of the principals of this true industry expert are well known to the Red Cross and we have often crossed paths in our pursuit of excellence in the Aquatics Industry. Our shared beliefs in education and research, engineering design for optimal safety, and facility/staff management and development are paramount to helping to keep citizens safer in, near and around water. Counsilman-Hunsaker has proven to be a partner in the truest sense, and they are without question an outstanding advocate for safety and facility management excellence."

    Catherine Barry - National Director, American Red Cross, Training Services

  • Matt Srodek – Manager Facilities at Cleveland Browns

    Working alongside Erich from Counsilman-Hunsaker was a well-organized and stress-free process. Their profound knowledge of the aquatic industry made the course of the project clear and precise from the very first day.

    Matt Srodek

  • Brad Arnold

    "Counsilman-Hunsaker was able to take our vision of what we hoped this new aquatic center could be and far exceeded our expectations. They have been prompt in answering questions and thorough in explaining the reasons behind every answer. We took a very outside the box type of approach and concept because we did not want to limit our project in any way for our new outdoor aquatic center."

    Brad Arnold - Executive Director, City of Ste. Genevieve

  • Tim “TD” Dreessen

    Frasier is extremely happy with the work that Counsilman-Hunsaker provided with the design, during construction, and post construction as they provided ample training for the Wellness/Fitness staff in addition to the maintenance/facilities team. And for me personally, as an Owner’s Rep/Project Manager, I would highly recommend Counsilman-Hunsaker and will seek their services if and when I get another aquatic project. Frasier is extremely happy with the work that Counsilman-Hunsaker provided with the design, during construction, and post construction as they provided ample training for the Wellness/Fitness staff in addition to the maintenance/facilities team. And for me personally, as an Owner’s Rep/Project Manager, I would highly recommend Counsilman-Hunsaker and will seek their services if and when I get another aquatic project.

    Tim \"TD\" Dreessen - Director of Construction and Development

  • Jim Worthington, Aquatics Division Manager

    "The DIALOG/Counsilman-Hunsaker team proved to be knowledgeable and a valued partner for the City in the goal to provide smart, efficient and cost-conscious solutions in the City's aquatic facility needs. I would be pleased to work with them on future aquatic projects as those opportunities arise."

    Jim Worthington - Aquatics Division Manager, City of Prince George

  • Sandra Borges

    "The Counsilman-Hunsaker team has been an absolute pleasure to work with. They are very professional and understood our needs from the beginning. They are diligent about collecting the information they need and have been able to effectively present reports to our different stakeholders."

    Sandra Borges - PY Foundation, City of Artesia, NM

  • Casey Wooddell, Director

    "Counsilman-Hunsaker did an excellent job of learning our specific needs in advance and worked closely with our staff to provide the training they needed the most. The staff was extremely engaged in specific situational training as well as a full review of our Emergency Action Plan. The in-service training they provided was the most in-depth and beneficial training many of our guards had ever been involved with."

    Casey Wooddell - Director, Oxford, OH, Parks and Recreation

  • Peter Conces

    "I would highly recommend the services of Counsilman-Hunsaker for any organization considering an aquatic facility. We are proud to say the Beachwood Family Aquatic Center is a Counsilman-Hunsaker design."

    Peter Conces - Recreation Supervisor, City of Beachwood

  • Rob Morgan

    "We consider it a privilege to work with all the team at Counsilman-Hunsaker. It has been a pleasure working with everyone there and we look forward to many successful future projects as well."

    Rob Morgan - Sunbelt Pool

  • Mark Hatchel

    "Counsilman-Hunsaker is the leading aquatic planning and design firm in the United States."

    Mark Hatchel - Senior Project Manager

  • Will Winer

    "Counsilman-Hunsaker is-a trusted resource in the aquatics industry. As a result of our collaboration with Counsilman-Hunsaker, we have identified problems, created solutions and enhanced our business strategies. I cannot say enough about the service and support that they have provided us throughout the past few years. I highly recommend Counsilman-Hunsaker as an aquatics consultant and any vendors/resources they endorse."

    Will Winer - Assistant Vice President, JCC of Greater Boston

  • Gene Peters

    RCI has had the pleasure of working with Counsilman-Hunsaker for many years. They are among a very small group of the best aquatic engineers in the country.

    Gene Peters, PLA - Senior Landscape Architect - Rotolo Consultants, Inc.

  • Patrick Isaac

    Community Ventures would highly recommend Counsilman-Hunsaker for any aquatic facility assessment. They are the leaders in the industry and have the knowledge and experience from their focus on these facilities to help guide any client navigating challenges that come from operating, maintaining, and renovating commercial pools.

    Patrick Isaac, LEED Green Associate Program & Sustainability Manager - Community Ventures

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