Since his days as an age group swimmer in Atlanta, aquatics has become more than a sport for Carl Nylander. He swam collegiately at Georgia Tech in Atlanta, and after graduation expected to leave the pool for a job as an engineer. He did just that, working for a time
at Honda, until he got a call from Counsilman-Hunsaker, an aquatic design firm in St. Louis. His GT coach, Seth Baron, had recommended him for a job and today Nylander is project director for the firm,esponsible for projects from inception to completion.
Nylander’s responsibilities include programming, logistics
and creative work, along with some design and construction. During
his tenure at Counsilman-Hunsaker, Nylander has worked on
award-winning projects including the aquatic recreation facility at
Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas; Splash! La Mirada Aquatics
Center, La Mirada, Calif.; and the Wayne Gray Sports Complex in
Nylander credits industry pioneer Joe
Hunsaker, a co-founder of Counsilman-Hunsaker and an initial
member of the Model Aquatic Health Code project steering committee,
with encouraging him to get involved. That was two years ago, and
now Nylander is chair of the Facility Design Technical Committee.
The committee has been tasked with examining the physical design
and construction requirements of pools and associated structural
facilities, such as filter rooms and chemical storage areas.
Responsibilities include features such as lighting, electrical
components diving boards, pool entry and egress, drinking
fountains, sewage systems, and piping.
That’s meant bringing people from all over the country
together for conference calls and providing a bridge to other
Nylander notes that he’s found reviewing the research and
studies very educational, but adds that ultimately the MAHC will be
a living document, meaning there will be room for more work and
updates as technologies change and new information comes to
“Given the wealth of industry expertise from different
sectors, and the fact that everybody, including the public, has the
opportunity to share their opinions, I am optimistic that our
efforts will be widely accepted in the industry,” he adds.