Design Services

Unique transformative aquatic design

Providing innovative design solutions through a process proven by decades of experience, 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 concept to reality, it's important for us to bring our clients complete satisfaction. Certified in all 50 states and internationally, our diverse and experienced team provide innovative solutions so that your project will be completed on time and within budget.


The Counsilman-Hunsaker Experience

Our award-winning, industry-leading design process features:

Project Programming and Conceptual Development: We kick off each project with a thorough needs assessment with users, stakeholders, and constituents to identify your defining goals and opportunities set for each project.

Schematic Design: Counsilman-Hunsaker tailors designs that wholly meet your desired outcomes. During schematic design, we work directly with the architect and communicate probable construction costs and estimate data for the overall aquatic facility for maximum transparency.

Design Development: After pinpointing any issues our design team may need to resolve, we begin preparing design drawings for your new pool and its features. A most important step, our LEED-accredited professionals apply sustainable design elements to lower operating costs and improve energy efficiency in order to help meet your budget and financial goals.

Construction Drawings and Specifications: Final coordination across teams is critically important as we present specific details for the pool and the aquatic facility's construction. Our internal quality control team ensures that plans comply with all applicable codes and standards and that we are meeting programming needs before our certified architects stamp the final plans.

Pool Contractor Procurement: Our network is expansive, and with construction documents complete, we help with requisition of pool contractor bids on your project based on previous experience, workmanship, aquatic equipment and systems knowledge, and past performance.

Construction Administration: Project quality at key milestones throughout construction is paramount, and our design and engineering professionals conduct on-site visits to assure quality, monitor progress, and submit formal reports. We review any contractor submittals, shop drawings, project information, and requested substitutions before they are allowed to move forward.

Project Commissioning and Operational Support: Upon project completion, Counsilman-Hunsaker continues to offer services unavailable through any other aquatic consulatant with many levels of support for ongoing operations. Our Aquatic Management Program and suite of HydroApps - comprehensive SaaS (software-as-a-service) applications for operations, risk management, and scheduling - help facilities train and lead staff while maintaining standards of excellence.

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  • Grinnell College

    Grinnell College – Athletics and Fitness Center

    Named as one of the 20 best liberal arts colleges in the country, Grinnell College is a highly selective liberal arts college with an enrollment of 1,500 students from every state and about 50 countries around the world.   Publications: 2012 & 2013 - ‘Architectural Showcase’ Athletic Business magazine

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  • Syracuse University – The Barnes Center at The Arch

    The over 100-year-old historic Archbold Gymnasium underwent significant renovation including a 10,000 sq. ft. addition, transforming it into The Barnes Center at The Arch, a state-of-the-art health, wellness and recreation complex. The 190,000 sq. ft. Barnes Center at The Arch opened in September 2019 and features modern and expanded programs, services, and offerings promoting holistic ...

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  • Texas A&M University Outdoor Pool- Commerce

    F & S Partners in association with Counsilman Hunsaker converted the existing indoor 25-meter pool into a 48,000-square-foot outdoor activities space that includes 25-meter pool, a new 500-square foot spa, two basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts. The kinesiology building occupied the site prior to construction, so the new leisure pool was positioned over ...

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  • Lakeview RecPlex

      The LakeView RecPlex, located inside Prairie Springs Park along the shores of scenic Lake Andrea, announced a second major expansion in 2008: a 13,000 sq. ft. 50-meter competition pool, the serious swimmer's pool of choice.  

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  • Florida State University – Morcom Aquatic Center

    Florida State University retained the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and EMO/Architects to design the new Morcom Aquatic Center. The 100,000 sq. ft. athletic complex consists of separate swimming and diving tanks utilized by academics, athletics, and recreational swimmers.   Publications: 2010 - ‘Dream Designs’ Aquatics International magazine

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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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