The team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and DLZ Indiana LLC performed a facility audit of four existing public pools for the City of Hammond. The audit identified items that were substandard, not meeting current Department of Health requirements, or not operating as designed. An evaluation of the mechanical and filtration systems was also conducted. Counsilman-Hunsaker presented several options for consideration in the long-term planning of aquatics for the city. Each option included an opinion of probable cost associated with the respective repair, replacement and/or renovation option.
After the facility audit was performed, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to conduct a feasibility study to focus on family aquatic centers, spraygrounds, splash pads, and various attractions capable of meeting the city's recreational needs. New concepts were developed to replace the obsolete pools which were no longer meeting the leisure and fitness needs of the aquatic community. The concepts revealed opportunities to make revenue-producing pools by utilizing a variety of lessons, fitness classes, and special events to increase attendance and revenue.
After the 2012 summer season, the city asked the team of DLZ and Counsilman-Hunsaker to re-evaluate the Hessville Park Pool site. As part of a larger park project, the city was interested in reviewing options for future repairs and/or replacement of this pool. The report provided an overview of repairs needed, a new opinion of cost, as well as a complete replacement option and budget.