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Design Services

Transformation by 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.

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 in budget. A few of 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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  • Lamar (CISD) – Practice Pools

    In 2013, the Lamar Consolidated Independent School District (CISD) Board of Trustees approved a plan to build indoor 25-yard by 25-meter practice pool facilities at Foster High School, Fulshear High School, and George Ranch High School to supplement the district’s already exceptional aquatics program. Photos courtesy of Judd Haggard Photography  

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  • Berry College – Cage Center

      Located on Berry College's sprawling 28,000 acre campus in Rome, Georgia, the new Cage Center is a 130,750 sq. ft. athletic facility that features a natatorium, 2,000-seat intercollegiate sports arena, multi-activity gym, fitness area, indoor running track, basketball courts, racquet ball / squash courts and a general cardiovascular training area. Designed by Hastings & ...

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  • Walnut Hills High School Natatorium

    Walnut Hills High School, a historic college preparatory school for grades 7-12, is nationally recognized as one of America's top public high schools. The 1,900 member student body is culturally and ethnically diverse, with students attending from every urban neighborhood in Cincinnati.During the 2010-2011 school year, an eight-phase renovation of the high school began starting ...

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  • Cheyenne Mountain High School Natatorium

    Cheyenne Mountain High School is known for a strong arts program and outstanding swim and diving teams. The original school, built in the 1960s, had long outgrown the facilities for these programs and needed to update to keep up with the school's growing needs. As a result of a 1999 bond election, the School District ...

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  • Farmington Recreational Center

      The original goals of the new Farmington Aquatic Center were to include aquatic environments for recreation, competition and instruction. However, to improve the financial performance of the project, the decision was made to emphasize the recreational aspects of the pool to attract more users.  As a result, attendance has increased from 100 visitors per ...

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We are the leaders in pool 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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