The Nemours Children’s Health Hospital commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to review its indoor therapy pool to identify deficiencies and substandard conditions of the existing pool and support spaces. The pool’s current use is primarily for patients at the hospital. However, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, it was also used for wellness classes. The decrease in the use of the pool, along with failing finishes which has led to less-than-optimal aesthetics, was the primary drive to seek out a professional aquatic assessment of the current space to determine the future use of the pool.
The assessment report identified several findings and provided recommendations with priorities based on recommendations that need to be addressed immediately, in the next 6-12 months and in the next 5-10 years. Safety and code required items such as lack of VGBA main drain covers, secondary ADA access, and the need for a safety vacuum release system at the pump were determined to have first priority. Other major items including the need to remove and replace the plaster finish, replace the stainless-steel gutter grating, regrout the accent tiling along with some additional mechanical room updates were identified. Opinions of probable costs are provided for all recommendations.