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  • Project Type Parks & Recreation
  • Project Service Facility Audit
  • StatusCompleted 2010
  • ArchitectWaller, Todd, & Sadler

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Virginia Beach, VA

Audit completed on six community centers: January 2010

Design of three recreation centers: Kempsville, Bow Creek, Williams Farm

The City of Virginia Beach operates six indoor swimming pools located in the following community centers: Kempsville Community Center, Seatack Community Center, Bow Creek Community Center, Bayside Community Center, Great Neck Community Center, and Princess Anne Community Center. Counsilman-Hunsaker performed facility audits to help identify items in need of repair or replacement, thus defining a course of action regarding the future of the pools. An opinion of probable construction cost was provided for recommended repairs at each site.

Kempsville Recreation Center – Kempsville, VA

Feasibility Study: 2012

Aquatic Design and Engineering to complete: 2017

Design Team: Counsilman-Hunsaker, HBA Architecture and Moody Nolan

In 2012, the design team of HBA Architecture, Moody Nolan and Counsilman-Hunsaker partnered for the Kempsville Recreation Center study and presented concepts for future programming services. Based on this information, the City of Virginia Beach retained the team to design a new 87,000 sq. ft. recreation center that will meet the requirements for LEED Certification.

The existing recreation center was demolished and the new recreation center began construction in 2015. Programming space will include a 3,700 sq. ft. leisure pool a 3,900 sq. ft. six lane 25-meter competition pool, gymnasium, locker rooms, fitness areas, meeting space, administrative offices, lobby, youth/teen/senior activity space, childcare support, and classrooms. The project budget is $20 million.

Bow Creek Recreation Center – Virginia Beach, VA

Aquatic Design and Engineering to complete: spring 2015

Design Team: Counsilman-Hunsaker and Moseley Architects

The City of Virginia Beach made a decision to demolish the existing Bow Creek Recreation Center and replace it with a new 68,000 sq. ft energy-efficient recreation center. Scheduled to be completed in the spring of 2015, it will house an indoor multi-generational recreation pool with zero depth entry, a two-court indoor gymnasium, expanded fitness areas, locker rooms with family changing areas,  a youth game room, early childhood care rooms with a playground, and meeting rooms.

Williams Farm Community Recreation Center – Virginia Beach, VA

Study Completed: March 2009; Aquatic Design and Engineering Completed: 2012

Team: Counsilman-Hunsaker, HBA Architecture and Moody Nolan

HBA Architecture, Moody Nolan and Counsilman-Hunsaker partnered for the Williams Farm Community Recreation Center study, formerly known as the Bayside Community Center. The 71,000 sq. ft. center had been planned with maximum flexibility to allow the concept to be adaptable for future programming and services. Through a market needs analysis, HBA Architecture and Moody Nolan provided a new activity program for the dry side recreation areas, while Counsilman-Hunsaker provided conceptual design, project cost, and completion of programming and schematic design for the aquatic related features.  The entire planning and design process included extensive public involvement to guide neighborhood-specific program requirements and to begin the process of stakeholder buy-in.

Completed in 2012, the resulting aquatics venue included a 7,500 sq. ft. multi-purpose recreation pool, and a 3,000 sq. ft. outdoor sprayground. Counsilman-Hunsaker was retained to complete construction documents through design development, allowing the project to be transitioned into a design-build procurement delivery method.