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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  • Laurel Lake Retirement Community Pool

      Laurel Lake Retirement Community, a Continuing Care Retirement Community with 488 residents, engaged the design team of Perspectus Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker to design and implement a multi-phase Center for Healthy Living concept for the 25-year-old community. This recently completed phase includes the expansion of their existing wellness facilities to create a place where residents can ...

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    Janet J. Smith Oakland Community Pool

    For many years, 90-year-old Janet Smith has been advocating for a new community pool in the Oakland area of Haines City. Ever since the old pool shut down in 2012, she had insisted that a new pool be created. Smith had attended every city commission meeting asking city commissioners to consider directing funds towards the ...

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  • Sharpstown Pool

      As a rapidly expanding city, the demand for aquatic facilities has increased exponentially along with the continued population growth within the Houston city limits. The city not only provides citizens with the access to public pools, but also venues for the Houston Parks and Recreation Department to teach Water Fitness and Learn to Swim ...

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  • Gilleland Creek Pool

    The City of Pflugerville retained Counsilman-Hunsaker for the renovation of the Gilleland Creek Pool. For over 25 years, the pool has been a great community asset, with more than half a million visits and tens of thousands of Learn-to-Swim participants over its lifetime. Work on the pool included health and safety improvements, important to ensuring ...

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  • University of Michigan – Football Performance Center

    In May 2019, the University of Michigan celebrated the grand opening of their new $14.8 million Football Performance Center located inside Schembechler Hall. The project included the renovation of approximately 24,000 sq. ft. inside Schembechler Hall while constructing an additional 8,000 sq. ft. for athletic medicine, wellness, nutrition, rehabilitation, and training for the football program. ...

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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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