Colorado State University commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to provide a swimming pool assessment for the competition pool at the student recreation center. Constructed in 1989, the natatorium includes an indoor six lane, 25-yard competition pool and has 1 and 3-meter diving boards. The pool is utilized mainly by the university’s women’s swim and dive teams but is also used by the general student body and faculty.
The purpose of the aquatic facility audit was to identify conditions that are substandard in the pool; identify items not to current industry swimming pool design standards or codes; identify equipment that is not functional or not operating as designed; and to assist in defining a course of action regarding any necessary updates, repairs, or modifications to the pool or pool systems. In addition, an opinion of probable construction cost was provided for recommended repairs or updates which would serve to improve the operation of the pool and bring the pools up to current industry swimming pool design standards.
The assessment consisted of reviewing the pool system for deficiencies regarding the Colorado State Department of Public Health and Environment Swimming Pool Code, Model Aquatic Health Code (MAHC), federal law, and current industry standards. A commentary was prepared to inform the university of any necessary repairs, replacement, or restoration of the pool systems, including identifying issues requiring further intensive evaluation or analysis. Recommendations were made for renovation or replacement of pool systems, including costs for any modifications, replacements, or additions required.
In addition, Counsilman-Hunsaker prepared expansion concepts and a new facility concept along with construction cost estimates. The concepts were used as discussion points for either expansion of the current swim and dive facility or for funding of a new aquatic center that would serve the university and the surrounding community. The university chose a single option on the current site and Counsilman-Hunsaker concluded with a revenue and expense analysis of the preferred layout. The final report outlined the methods and options of the study and the revenue and expense analysis for the six and eight lane configurations of the preferred layout.