Carl Nylander
Carl Nylander

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 Baytown, Texas.

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 technical committees.

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 light.

“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.