In 2008, the City of Charleston, South Carolina, contracted Counsilman-Hunsaker to perform facility audits on four swimming pools. The study identified functional items for the 31 to 40-year-old pools that were substandard, not meeting current state swimming pool requirements, or not operating as designed. In addition, an opinion of probable construction cost was provided for recommended repairs to bring the pools up to current state public swimming pool requirements. The report evaluated issues related to the pools’ physical obsolescence and provided recommendations for the future use of the pools. Interim repair recommendations were provided until more extensive repairs could be performed.
As a result of the audit, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained by the City of Charleston and the City of Mount Pleasant to provide a Feasibility Study to explore natatorium concepts.
In 2016, the City of Charleston, South Carolina, contracted LS3P Architects and Counsilman-Hunsaker to develop a feasibility study for the purpose of building a national aquatic venue. Three options were studied, each including a 50-meter indoor pool, as well as various scenarios of separate dive pools, platform diving, and teaching pools. Revenue analysis included specific user group usage and facility per capita spending trends, thus developing an opinion of revenue for the first five years of operation per option.
In August 2016, Counsilman-Hunsaker was contracted to develop a promotional video in which viewers could “fly-through” the proposed aquatic facility to get a personal experience in the facility. Still images of other facilities represented various angles and views throughout the proposed facility in addition to suggesting future programming opportunities for community members.