In 2017, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained by the Sweetwater Union High School District to develop conceptual options and scenarios for a new competition swim venue. The high school district’s existing facility is over 50 years old and no longer adequately served the school and the local community. An audit was conducted by Counsilman-Hunsaker which determined that the pool had many structural and mechanical issues that put it beyond its useful life.
To meet the needs of the local and student population and the multiple swimming and water polo teams, options were explored, including a stretch 50-meter pool and a 25-yard by 25-meter pool, along with an opinion of probable capital and operating costs for each option. The options were based on two separate locations on the Mar Vista High School property.
Pleased from the results of the study, the school district allocated $14 million to renovate the existing pool complex. Counsilman-Hunsaker provided scoping documents for the pool so that the school district could solicit a bid for a design/build contractor and was also involved in the interview process to help select the winning contractor.
In addition, we will provide some consultative support thru the build process as questions arise.
The new pool and facilities will be built in the same location as the current pool and will have all new facilities and better access to the pool. There will be a year where students will have to travel to another pool to compete and practice.
The pool has been of considerable topic in the community as it is on the older side and Mar Vista High School isn't the only high school to use the pool. Also using the pool are Southwest High, South Coast Water Polo Club, IB Swim Team plus Mar Vista Water Polo & Swim Teams