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Design Services

50 Years of transformation by 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.

Regarding our Design services during COVID-19: The COVID-19 crisis thankfully won't last forever. People will continue to enjoy swimming in the future, so now may be the perfect time to consider putting plans for a new aquatic center into place. Aquatic design is where James "Doc" Counsilman and Joe Hunsaker got their start fifty years ago, and it's where we continue to be the premier provider for award-winning aquatic design services. We would love to be part of your architect team – together, we'll make your next aquatic project a success.  Learn more about our COVID-19 response

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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  • Bedford Splash at Boys Ranch Activity Center

    With the population doubling over the last 20 years, the City of Bedford was in dire need of new aquatic recreation for its citizens. In 2002, the city retained the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker, and Kimley-Horn & Associates, to conduct a Feasibility Study, offering the city the knowledge to move forward with the design of this ...

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  • Winston Family YMCA

    Photo credit Neil Rashba Photography After 15 months of construction, the new Winston Family YMCA opened to the public in August 2016. The new building was designed with top-of-the-line features replacing the aging Yates YMCA. The 12,000 sq. ft. wellness center offers a place for members to seek some peace and quiet, and offers rehabilitation ...

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  • Stanford University – Avery Aquatic Center

    As one of the most prestigious universities in the nation, Stanford University is not only recognized for academic excellence but also outstanding programs in athletics and aquatics. Since 1920, Stanford University has collected countless national awards and trophies, turning out some of history's finest Olympic aquatic athletes, winning numerous gold medals. Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained for ...

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  • Jewish Community Center Pool – Asheville, NC

    The Asheville Jewish Community Center (JCC) is the heart of Asheville’s warm and welcoming Jewish community. At the JCC, all are welcome to share in Jewish traditions, values and culture. The JCC has been the home for Jewish life in Western North Carolina since 1940, and today continues to be a vibrant and diverse community ...

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  • Marshall University – Student Health Recreation Wellness Center

      Marshall University wanted to provide a center that would bring health and wellness programs together, while promoting a sense of community. Used as an attraction / retention tool, the new 121,000 sq. ft. Student Health Recreation Wellness Center provides a place where students can pursue exercise, leisure experiences, and recreation activities. Publications: 2010 - ...

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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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