Design, Planning and Operations

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Bringing Aquatics to Life

Through unique expertise and partnerships, Counsilman-Hunsaker offers diverse solutions and leadership for every aquatic facility, project, and industry – from architectural design and engineering to planning and risk management. Whether an architect, developer, owner, or operator, Counsilman-Hunsaker brings aquatics to everyone.

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Safeguard your aquatic center's future for everyone.

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Facilities planned to meet everyone's needs.

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Stunning, state-of-the-art facility design for everyone.

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Safe and sustainable operations for everyone.

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Respected Thought Leadership

Counsilman-Hunsaker has been established as the trusted industry authority and respected thought leader in aquatics for over fifty years, with years of practical aquatic experience contributed by our team members and a passion for innovation. Our mission is "Aquatics for Life".

  • Design

    Our exceptional design team includes architects, designers, and engineers experienced in providing stunning, state-of-the-art aquatic architectural design plans and physical auditing services that equip facility owners to choose the best direction to continue serving their community's aquatic needs.

  • Planning

    Programming precedes design, and Counsilman-Hunsaker’s unrivaled feasibility studies and master plans can uncover the strengths and weaknesses of your project and identify resources required to ensure your aquatic facility is successful. With our proprietary resources and KPIs at hand, our team crafts custom revenue and expense models specific to each organization and assures that the facility will meet the needs of the community.

  • Operations

    Counsilman-Hunsaker’s aquatic operational services offer unparalleled support for risk management, training, and compliance. Our operations team members offer decades of experience in establishing sound management systems in order to guarantee facilities run safely and sustainably for all guests and operators.

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Industry Partners

Seven Unique Partnerships

  • World Aquatics FINA
  • 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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Associates' Years Experience

  • Bear Levin Studer Family YMCA

    Thanks to Counsilman-Hunsaker's expertise, our pool is now more efficient, safe, and enjoyable for our members. I would highly recommend their services to anyone looking for top-notch pool consulting work. Overall, I was thoroughly impressed with their services and look forward to working with them again in the future.

    Michael Bodenhausen - CEO, YMCA of Northwest Florida

  • Des Moines YMCA

    “When we were looking for an aquatics consultant, Counsilman-Hunsaker received rave reviews from many organizations around the country. They reviewed all areas of operations and provided the insight we needed to improve our bottom-line. The final report was a roadmap for next steps and the information I needed to make future decisions. Their experience and […]

    Leisha Barcus - President/CEO, Des Moines YMCA

  • Huntsville Aquatics Center

    “The City of Huntsville has partnered with Counsilman-Hunsaker on several projects at our Huntsville Aquatic Center facility. Their expertise and experience in the design of pools, pool systems, timing systems and related components has directly contributed to the continued success of the facility. They have proven, repeatedly, to be a valued partner.”

    Ricky Wilkinson – Director of General Services, City of Huntsville

  • Foothills Park and Recreation District

    New community facilities like this play a crucial role in enhancing the quality of life for residents, fostering community connections, and promoting outdoor activities. I have no doubt that the pool will quickly become a cherished gathering place for our Southwest community, offering a refreshing escape and a chance to create wonderful memories with family and friends.

    Director of Golf, Foothills Park & Recreation District

  • Bloomington-Normal YMCA

    "In seeking pool designers, we not only wanted excellence, but we wanted the best and we found that in Counsilman-Hunsaker. Chris Seris and the entire team delivered a highly detailed and coordinated product on time and on budget. We couldn’t be happier with our aquatic center and its functionality."

    BJ Wilken - Executive Director and CEO, Bloomington-Normal YMCA

  • Community Ventures

    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 - Senior Development and Sustainability Manager, Community Ventures

  • Highland Pool at Lindendale Park

    “Based on our past experience with Counsilman-Hunsaker and, most recently, with planning a future outdoor pool, their insight and ability to share our vision [in order] to give us a real perspective on design flow, cost, and functionality [was] an asset to achieving an indoor pool that maximizes space and preparing to budget for an […]

    Mark Rosen, CPRP - Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Highland, IL

  • Village of Waunakee

    “We greatly valued the work that George and the whole Counsilman-Hunsaker team put toward our project.”

    Sue McDade - Community Services Director, Waunakee Village Center

  • Maui County, HI Department of Parks and Recreation

    Counsilman-Hunsaker prepared an assessment of each aquatic facility in the County of Maui along with recommendations for the system as a whole. The project team was first-rate - very experienced with solid technical credentials, good communicators, and personable, which was important in speaking with community members. They were a solid team of professionals.

    David M. Yamashita, Planner VI, Department of Parks and Recreation, Maui County

  • Rohner Recreation and Park District

    "George Deines is a true professional as he has always been very responsive to our needs [and] questions, and we could not have made it this far without his expertise. We have appreciated working with him on our project, and hope to continue to do as we get closer to constructing an aquatic facility here […]

    Cameron Mull - Director of Parks & Recreation, City of Fortuna, CA

  • University of North Carolina – Charlotte

    “Having Counsilman-Hunsaker as part of our team was an essential decision during the design and construction of our facility that brought much success. First, it brought a sense of calm knowing we had an industry leader in Aquatics working on our project to ensure what we had envisioned came to life for our campus. Secondly, […]

    Jim Walczyk - Director, UNC-Charlotte

  • B.M.C. Durfee High School, Karen Jarabek Pool

    "I would highly recommend the services of Counsilman-Hunsaker for any organization who values great customer service, top notch consultants and a true understanding of what an expertly designed aquatic facility should look like."

    Kenneth C. Pacheco - Chief Operations Officer, Fall River Public Schools

  • Ford Woods Pool

    “I truly appreciate Carl Nylander and the entire team at Counsilman-Hunsaker. We value our longtime relationship.”

    Teddy Shaskos - City of Dearborn

  • City of Ste. Genevieve

    "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

  • City of Prince George

    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

  • City of Artesia

    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

  • City of Oxford

    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

  • Grinnell College

    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

  • City of Beachwood

    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

  • Sunbelt Pools

    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 Pools

  • Kimley Horn and Associates

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

    Mark Hatchel - Senior Project Manager, Kimley Horn and Associates

  • JCC of Greater Boston

    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

  • American Red Cross

    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 - Former National Director, American Red Cross, Training Services

  • Rotolo Consultants, Inc.

    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.

  • City of Dallas

    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 - Former Parks and Recreation Department - City of Dallas, TX

  • Cherry Creek Vista

    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

  • Frasier Meadows Retirement Community

    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

  • Cleveland Browns Football Training Facility

    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 - Manager Facilities, Cleveland Browns

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