Design Services

Stunning, state-of-the-art aquatic design

Offering diverse aquatic design solutions through a process proven by decades of experience, we have the expertise to bring aquatics to communities and everyone around them.

Inspirational aquatic design From vision to concept to reality, our team of designers and engineers will work with you to achieve desired outcomes for your state-of-the-art aquatic facility. From schematic designs and drawings to programming, budgeting, 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.  Learn about our process in our e-Book

We serve excellence, and it's important for us to bring our clients complete satisfaction. Certified in all 50 states and internationally, our diverse and experienced aquatic design team provides innovative solutions so your project will be completed on time and within budget, ready to inspire everyone.


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 aquatic 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 design consulatant. Our Aquatic Management Program offers many levels of support for ongoing operations, including helping facilities train and lead staff while maintaining standards of excellence.

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Inspiring others to dream more

Using visual media, knowledge of the site, and your vision for a stunning 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 inspiration 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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  • Oberlin College – Carr Natatorium

    When Oberlin College made the decision to expand and renovate its existing Health and Wellness Center, the college took a unique approach to the standard conventions of athletics while keeping the college’s core values of liberal arts at the center. Through new design and programming, Oberlin College ventured forward with the community in mind and ...

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  • Houston ISD

    Houston Independent School District is the largest school district in the state of Texas, serving almost 200,000 students across 276 school campuses. Counsilman-Hunsaker recently provided design and engineering auditing services for several of the schools that serve the community of Houston. Bellaire High School The new Bellaire High School includes the design of three new ...

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  • Lake Health Brunner Sanden Deitrick Wellness Campus Pool

      This two-story, 85,000 sq. ft. facility has redefined community health care and wellness by providing urgent care, access to medical care, and a health and wellness fitness center to a currently underserved portion of the community and surrounding area. Located adjacent to Mentor High School, the facility will be used by the Mentor Middle ...

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    Racine Unified School District Aquatic Center

    Case High School's campus was home to Racine Unified School District's original aquatic center which was no longer able to serve the school district due to its age and had also been closed for a number of years due to safety concerns. Rather than attempt to fix the original pool, the district decided to increase ...

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    Orchard Pool, Cherry Creek Vista Park

    Orchard Pool is a 7,200-square-foot outdoor pool in Cherry Creek Vista Park that has been extensively renovated in the past five years, including upgrades in 2022. The pool features a 6,000-square-foot lap pool with a beach entry and a toddler slide, a 720-square-foot dive pool with a 10-foot drop slide and 1-meter diving board, a ...

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