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Design Services

Unique transformative aquatic design

From the brainstorms and napkin sketches of a pool owner to the exacting specs of an architect’s blueprint, we have the expertise to turn dreams into inspiring life experiences.

Where should you begin? Our team of designers and engineers will analyze the condition of your site, develop schematic designs, and work with you to achieve desired outcomes for your state-of-the-art aquatic facility. From identifying your competitors to continually reassessing your budget and ensuring that your aquatic center features all of the amenities you desire, our team will develop a comprehensive design for your aquatic facility that exceeds all expectations.  Get our e-Book

We serve excellence. From vision to reality, it's important for Counsilman-Hunsaker to bring our clients complete satisfaction. Our diverse and experienced team provide innovative solutions so that your project can be completed on time and within budget. A few of our design processes include:

Project Programming and Conceptual Development: Kicking off your project with a thorough needs assessment with users, stakeholders, and constituents, we'll identify the defining goals and opportunities set for each project.

Schematic Design: Counsilman-Hunsaker tailor designs that meet the desired outcome. During this phase, we will communicate with the architect to develop probable construction costs and estimate data for the aquatic facility as a whole.

Design Development: After pinpointing any issues the design team may need to resolve, we prepare design drawings for the pool and features. Our LEED accredited professionals will apply sustainable design elements to lower operating costs and improve energy efficiency.

Construction Drawings and Specifications: Final coordination across teams becomes critically important as we present specific details for pool and aquatic facility construction. Our internal quality control process ensures that plans comply with applicable codes and standards.

Pool Contractor Procurement: With construction documents complete, pool contractors bid on the project based on experience, workmanship, aquatic equipment and systems knowledge, and past performance.

Construction Administration: Maintaining project quality at key milestones throughout construction, our professionals conduct on-site visits to monitor progress and submit formal reports. We review any contractor submittals, shop drawings, project information, and requested substitutions.

Project Commissioning and Operational Support: Once construction is complete, Counsilman-Hunsaker continues to offer many levels of support for ongoing operations. Our Aquatic Management Program and full suite of web-based applications help facilities train and lead staff while maintaining standards of excellence.

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  • Waterworks Spray Park at Andrew Leitch Park

    In 2012, Prince William County Parks and Recreation Department retained Counsilman-Hunsaker to develop a strategic plan for future additions and expansions for Splashdown and Waterworks waterparks.  Over the past several years, a change in demographics and a lack of investment has diminished the attendance and revenue for each of these facilities.  The goal of the ...

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  • Mansfield Area Community YMCA

    Mansfield YMCA retained Counsilman Hunsaker to assist in programming and developing options for a new YMCA. Counsilman Hunsaker developed five options for consideration. The project was approved to move forward into the design phase; Counsilman Hunsaker in association with architect, Steve Bilestein was retained to develop the construction documents. The indoor leisure pool includes a ...

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  • Fircrest Community Center and Pool

    In 2016, ARC Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker were selected by the City of Fircrest to investigate design options for improving the Fircrest Community Center and Community Pool. The study provided guidance and strategies for future design including technical information and options. Four strategies were presented, providing cost estimates in addition to pros and cons for each ...

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  • Clear Creek Metro Recreation Center

    In 2013, voters approved a $7.8 million property tax increase for the renovation of the Clear Creek Recreation Center. The project included major renovations to the existing recreation center and a much-needed addition of new facilities.  The project serves the growing community as well as bringing the center up to the standards of centers located ...

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  • Lasker Park Community Pool

      In August 2017, the City of Galveston celebrated the grand opening of Galveston’s first community swimming pool. A historic moment for the city, the $4.1 million project provides its residents with a state-of-the-art facility, which includes a recreational pool with a kid-friendly play structure and a body slide, as well as an eight-lane short ...

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We are leaders in swimming pool and aquatic facility design

Using visual media, knowledge of the site, and your vision for a state-of-the-art aquatic center, our team can craft a dynamic, efficient facility design, and help you evaluate, modify, and choose the perfect model for your project.

During this critical phase, we’ll work with you to make sure that the design of your aquatic center compliments the type of activities your facility offers and the existing aesthetic of the location. If you’re interested in discussing your visions for an aquatic facility or have questions about other stages in our aquatic facility design process, get in touch with our team today.

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