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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.

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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  • Clarion University – Tippin Gymnasium

    Over the last 45 years, the Tippin Gymnasium has hosted many collegiate and high school sporting events, as well as other events such as rock concerts. The deterioration of the building and the need for more space however led to the decision to renovate and expand the building. Requiring 17 months to complete the renovation ...

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  • Mississippi University for Women – Emma Ody Pohl Physical Education Building

      Established in 1884 as the first pubic college for women in the United States, Mississippi University for Women (MUW) is one of the most architecturally distinguished campuses in the nation, including 23 buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.  

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  • Garden Grove High School Pool

    Garden Grove Unified School District commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker in March of 2006 to perform a detailed facility audit to evaluate the mechanical systems, programming limitations and detail the costs involved to replace the existing pool to meet current high school and community expectations.  

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  • Louisiana State University – Outdoor Leisure Pool – Baton Rouge

    Designed to promote “healthy buildings for healthy bodies,” the renovation and expansion of the LSU Recreation Center increases student program offerings for fitness, leisure, wellness, aquatic and outdoor adventure in a sustainable, flexible environment. Completed in 2017, the new Student Recreation Center includes a lap pool, a one-of-a-kind lazy river, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts ...

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  • Ames High School Natatorium

    Planning for a new high school in Ames, IA began in 2017 after the district performed a study to assess the current high school and its facilities. The district made the decision to move forward with the plans and hired Story Construction as the construction manager for the project and selected OPN Architects to design ...

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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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