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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  • Powell Community Center

      The Powell Community Center was created to serve the citizens of Mission, Kansas as a comprehensive and affordable community recreation center. The new two-level center includes a lounge, game room, meeting rooms, aerobic and weight training rooms, gymnasium, and natatorium. The natatorium includes an indoor leisure pool with three 25-yard lanes, water play features, a ...

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  • Barnum Park

    In 2010, the Barnum Park swimming pool underwent a $1.2 million makeover through the Better Denver Bond program which revamped the facility to create a more inviting, colorful and fun-filled amenity for Denver families.   Two new splash pad areas were constructed with age appropriate play elements. Other improvements included the addition of a waterslide, a ...

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  • San Mateo Union High School District Pools

      San Mateo Union High School District commissioned the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and Quattrocchi Kwok Architects to provide aquatic facility audits for four district high school swimming pools: Aragon High School, Capuchino High School, Hillsdale High School, and Mills High School. The audits were performed primarily to assist in defining a clear scope of work ...

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  • Gill Family Aquatic Center

      In 2002, the Town of Danville commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to conduct a Facility Audit on their existing pool, which evaluated and reviewed options for upgrading the facility. In addition, they also requested design concepts for consideration of the construction of a new family aquatic center.

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  • Kokomo Family YMCA

    The Kokomo YMCA celebrated the grand opening of its new $16 million facility in February 2016. The open-concept design of the new 83,000 sq. ft. facility allows staff to oversee operations across the facility quite easily. Features includes an aquatics center, a double gym that sits ten feet below the street level, a weight room, ...

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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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