You’re here to inspire.

As a facility owner, you have a unique opportunity to empower greatness, instill loyalty and evoke passion. The question is always “Where to begin?” Our deep understanding of the real costs, necessary disciplines and operational requirements of creating a successful facility will assist you in determining the realism of your vision and the appropriate plan of action.

What can and should you expect from the new facility you create? Our decades of experience have given us the power of knowledge from which we can help you achieve new goals. We believe your facility should have the potential to inspire, and we ensure this with a comprehensive, time-tested process.

Research. Our team can assist you by conducting an analysis of site conditions, creating a description of the physical facility, confirming the type of activities the facility will offer, and calculating preliminary opinions of construction costs, development expenses and total project costs. This initial step works to avoid the false starts and lost time that often occur with out-of-date research and cost information.

Visioning. This takes place in a workshop setting with various forms of visual media, research data and cost data, with the purpose of stimulating creative thinking. After the vision is identified, we develop concept design options with site specific costs to evaluate, modify and ultimately select.

Schematic Design. Based on the concept selected, the architect, together with Counsilman-Hunsaker, will develop schematic plans, cost estimates, support data and site information for the project. These schematic designs are a work in progress, reviewed with your constituents and steering committees for revision, approval and authorization.

Design. All input by the owner is taken into consideration and developed into a design action plan to guide the engineering, construction and operation of the project. During this critical phase, plans and specifications are developed, cost estimates are recalculated and schedules are refined. 

Construction Documents. After the design development phase is approved, the architect’s team, including Counsilman-Hunsaker, creates construction documents. Details of the structures, systems and equipment are defined, described and drawn based on the input received by the owner and operator during the earlier visioning and design phases.

Bidding. After documents are approved, they become the Bid Documents. Having worked with over 200 different contractors, Counsilman-Hunsaker can provide guidance on pre-qualified firms and qualification requirements for the new contractors. It should be noted that decision-making is a key factor in creating an aquatic center on time and on budget. Counsilman-Hunsaker can help guide this process, effectively minimizing wasted resources.

Construction Administration.  Implementing vision from documents to reality with consistency and integrity can save owners thousands of dollars by identifying wrong components, flawed work, improper assembly and unauthorized substitutions in the construction process. This service includes on-site observation; review, approval, rejection or re-submittal of contractor decisions; and systems and products and communication between the architect and design team members.

Commissioning and Closeout. Just as pre-planning is a key phase at the start of the process, commissioning is critical at the end. It is essential that all systems are operating as designed when the operator takes over. With 40 years of experience operating aquatic facilities, we not only see the final product as the designer but also as an operator. This unique perspective allows us the ability to put the swimming pool through its paces with thorough analysis, before the contractor turns the facility over to the owner.

Operations Training. Counsilman-Hunsaker has developed a training program for future generations of aquatic professionals with special emphasis on automation, mechanical systems and efficient custodial procedures. The goal is to not just to familiarize a future operator with his or her new facility, but to create a proficient operator who knows what to do in all situations in order to minimize man-hours, material costs and maintenance requirements. Counsilman-Hunsaker has found that the time spent teaching a staff to properly operate a new multi-million dollar aquatic complex actually saves time and money in the long run.