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Design Services

Transformation by Design

From the brainstorms and napkin sketches of a pool owner to the exacting specs of an architect’s blueprint, we have the expertise to turn dreams into inspiring life experiences.

Regarding our Design services during COVID-19: The COVID-19 crisis thankfully won't last forever. People will continue to enjoy swimming in the future, so now may be the perfect time to consider putting plans for a new aquatic center into place. Aquatic design is where James "Doc" Counsilman and Joe Hunsaker got their start fifty years ago, and it's where we continue to be the premier provider for award-winning aquatic design services. We would love to be part of your architect team – together, we'll make your next aquatic project a success.  Learn more about our COVID-19 response

Where should you begin? Our team of designers and engineers will analyze the condition of your site, develop schematic designs, and work with you to achieve desired outcomes for your state-of-the-art aquatic facility. From identifying your competitors to continually reassessing your budget and ensuring that your aquatic center features all of the amenities you desire, our team will develop a comprehensive design for your aquatic facility that exceeds all expectations.  Get our e-Book

We serve excellence. From vision to reality, it's important for Counsilman-Hunsaker to bring our clients complete satisfaction. Our diverse and experienced team provide innovative solutions so that your project can be completed on time and in budget. A few of design processes include:

Project Programming and Conceptual Development: Kicking off your project with a thorough needs assessment with users, stakeholders, and constituents, we'll identify the defining goals and opportunities set for each project.

Schematic Design: Counsilman-Hunsaker tailor designs that meet the desired outcome. During this phase, we will communicate with the architect to develop probable construction costs and estimate data for the aquatic facility as a whole.

Design Development: After pinpointing any issues the design team may need to resolve, we prepare design drawings for the pool and features. Our LEED accredited professionals will apply sustainable design elements to lower operating costs and improve energy efficiency.

Construction Drawings and Specifications: Final coordination across teams becomes critically important as we present specific details for pool and aquatic facility construction. Our internal quality control process ensures that plans comply with applicable codes and standards.

Pool Contractor Procurement: With construction documents complete, pool contractors bid on the project based on experience, workmanship, aquatic equipment and systems knowledge, and past performance.

Construction Administration: Maintaining project quality at key milestones throughout construction, our professionals conduct on-site visits to monitor progress and submit formal reports. We review any contractor submittals, shop drawings, project information, and requested substitutions.

Project Commissioning and Operational Support: Once construction is complete, Counsilman-Hunsaker continues to offer many levels of support for ongoing operations. Our Aquatic Management Program and full suite of web-based applications help facilities train and lead staff while maintaining standards of excellence.

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  • Liberty Pool

      In early 2007, the City of Spokane, Washington, retained the team of Counsilman-Hunsaker and ALSC Architects to prepare construction documents for the replacement of obsolete aquatic centers at six municipal regional parks. Following an aggressive schedule of public meetings, the southeastern community (deeply involved throughout the process) had their say in the eventual outcome ...

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  • MLK Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center

    In October 2017, the City of Atlanta celebrated the grand opening with a ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Dr. Bernice King (daughter of Dr. Martin Luther King) for the new $23.5 million Martin Luther King, Jr. Recreation and Aquatic Center. The 64,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility offers recreational programming to residents of all ages and abilities, ...

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  • Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton Training Center

    Marine Corps Base (MCB) at Camp Pendleton has the only Reconnaissance Marine Military Occupational Specialties Program in the United States. The Reconnaissance Training Company (RTC) was transferred in 2007 to MCB Camp Pendleton, while the Amphibious Reconnaissance Course was transferred to MCB Camp Pendleton in 2008. The RTC provides mandated training for recruits, including water ...

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  • FlightSafety International – Aviation Training Pool

    FlightSafety International is the world’s premier professional aviation training company and supplier of flight simulators, visual systems and displays to commercial, government and military organizations. The company provides more than a million hours of training each year to pilots, technicians, and other aviation professionals from 167 countries and independent territories.  

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  • Kirksville Aquatic Center

      In 1997, the City of Kirksville, MO, commissioned Counsilman-Hunsaker to develop design options for renovation of their existing community pool. After conducting a Feasibility Study, Counsilman-Hunsaker developed five options for the city's consideration. These design scenarios included repair, renovation, and replacement of the existing aquatic center.

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We are the leaders in pool design

Using visual media, knowledge of the site, and your vision for a state-of-the-art aquatic center, our team can craft a dynamic, efficient facility design, and help you evaluate, modify, and choose the perfect model for your project.

During this critical phase, we’ll work with you to make sure that the design of your aquatic center compliments the type of activities your facility offers and the existing aesthetic of the location. If you’re interested in discussing your visions for an aquatic facility or have questions about other stages in our aquatic facility design process, get in touch with our team today.

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