Category Archives: Design

Children’s Aquatic Wellness

An aquatic therapy center for children with rehabilitation needs and developmental disorders must be designed with a balance of inspiration, innovation, and accommodation, where aesthetics and function merge.  Athletic Business’s November issue features an article describing keys to success on designing an aquatic therapy center for children.

Interactive Water

The size of the pool should be about 50 square feet per child/therapist. Movable floors provide for deep-water exercise and transition to zero depth for easy access and use. Adjustable parallel bars will attain user balance for assorted exercise movements. Eight-foot pool decks accessible on all sides of the pool in a non-slip finish allow enough space for families, wheelchairs and walkers. Filtration systems should be designed based on a two-hour turnover rate, providing the inclusion of an automated chemistry controller to govern the addition of the pool sanitizer and buffer. A dual sanitization system with UV will greatly aid in keeping water chemistry in balance.

Colorful Environments

Natural light with a view of outdoor foliage will offer a secluded experience to be shared with Mommy Nature. Adding illumination to steps and water features enhances aesthetic appeal and safety. Tiled walls surrounding the pool can create a touch of whimsy through the use of color themes such as mosaics of tropical fish. Ambient music from a built-in sound system can be incorporated into the pool structure where sound vibrations pass through the water, enabling children to hear as well as feel the music. Built-in aromatherapy (a proven psychological enhancement) can dispense scents that will not adversely affect water chemistry.

Read more here.


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Water Utility – Focus on Energy

Talk about energy efficiency! A geothermal system uses neighboring Lake Andrea in Pleasant Prairie, WI, to heat the 50-meter pool and cool the air in the 305,000-square-foot municipal RecPlex. The energy-efficient equipment added about a half-million dollars in project costs, but annual energy expenses were halved.

Joe Bush provide a nice summary of energy saving strategies in this article featured in the July issue of Athletic Business.  The article dives deeper into the natatorium design including:

  • An HVAC system that uses exhaust heat from the air-conditioning unit to heat the pool.
  • An air-to-air heat exchanger that heats 19,000 cubic feet per minute of outside air for the pool area.
  • An efficient central heat pump to heat the pool area.
  • A traditional water-to-air heat pump to heat support spaces.
  • Triple glazing on the windows.
  • Added insulation in wall panels.
  • Extra roof insulation.

Read more here. Page 57.

High-Altitude Theming

The best way to immerse guests into a theme is to pay attention to all the details, large and small.

Gina Kellogg presents a case study in Resort and Recreation Magazine of Evergreen Wings & Waves Water Odyssey adjacent to Evergreen Museum in McMinnville, OR, welcomes guests to the aircraft-themed waterpark with a retired Boeing 747 sitting directly on top of the building. Guests queue up for two waterslide rides down to the belly of the building below.

Among attractions such as an indoor wave pool, leisure pool with spa, and a tot area with bubblers and fountains, there’s also a waterslide in a built-to-scale model of the Discovery Space Shuttle, another waterslide in a Messerschmitt WWII fighter aircraft, and a helicopter that dumps a large bucket of water on an imaginary Pacific Northwest wildfire. Did we mention the details, large and small?



FINA Dryland Training Guideline Request

May 25, 2011

Cornel Marculescu, FINA Executive Director      

Dear Mr. Marculescu,

 My name is Scot Hunsaker and I am president of Counsilman – Hunsaker which is an international aquatic engineering, planning, and design firm.  I had the pleasure of meeting you this past fall in Punta del Este at the 1st FINA World Aquatic Conference of which our firm was an Official Supporter.  We look forward to the second edition in 2012, and are eager to continue our commitment to the FINA Family, to which we were so warmly received by you and President Maglione.

Our company continues to expand consultancy services for new and refurbished pools in the United States, and to an increasingly large extent, worldwide.  I will be attending the 14th FINA World Championships in Shanghai in July.  At that time, we may be able to discuss a item that will support FINA in its goal to make aquatic sports truly universal. 

Over the past year, our company has received numerous requests for Dry Land Diving Training Facilities to be created for new construction of Aquatic Facilities.  Also, we have received requests to add Dry Land Diving Training Facilities to existing Aquatic Facilities.  We have reviewed the current FINA Handbook, and in the Facilities Section there is no reference to Dry Land Diving Training Facilities. Is it possible that you could provide us with any guidelines that FINA may have previously developed for the dimensions and requirements of equipment in these facilities? 

If these guidelines do not exist, we respectfully request that FINA consider developing them and making them available in future Handbooks and / or posting them on the FINA website.  Counsilman Hunsaker would be happy to help in this effort.

We know that this is an extremely busy time for you in the two months leading up to the XIV FINA World Championships. Best wishes for great success in Shanghai, and in advance, thank you for your kind consideration of our request. 



D. Scot Hunsaker