In October 2009, the United States Naval Academy retained Counsilman-Hunsaker and Culpeper Veterans Associates to perform an aquatic assessment of two additional pools: MacDonough Pool, a seven lane, 4,750 sq. ft. lap pool; and Scott Pool, an eight lane, 50-yard pool. The purpose of the aquatic facility audits was to identify items that are substandard in the pools; identify items not meeting current industry swimming pool design standards, or equipment not operating as designed; and to assist in defining a course of action regarding the future of the pools. In addition, estimated construction costs were provided for recommended repairs which will bring the pools up to current industry swimming pool design standards. This information presented an idea on construction costs helping the academy make an educated decision on whether to proceed or move forward with designing completely new facilities or renovating the existing facility.
Aquatic Design & Engineering
In 2020, Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained by Stanley Consultants to work with Prime AE Architects to prepare construction documents for the renovation of the historic MacDonough Hall pool. This renovation includes removing the original 1921 25-meter pool and replacing it with a new six-lane, 25-meter pool to support the training and mission of the Naval Academy. The pool includes all-new pool mechanical equipment incorporating the best sustainability measures to operate and support the pool, including a regenerative media filtration system, ultraviolet light de-chlorination, and disinfection system, variable frequency drives, and state-of-the-art water chemistry control systems. The pool also includes the reuse of historical features regarded as important to the pool, including the gargoyle head pool inlet. Overall, the pool supports the mission of the future while acknowledging the heritage of its past.