Our Process

1 Pre Design

The conceptual work which develops the project’s design intent.

2 engineering

When the design is refined into a constructible product.

3 Post Design

Where we provide ongoing construction administration support.


Starting with Pre-Design, our team at Martin Aquatic Design & Engineering works to establish the project goals while shaping a preliminary budget to understand what is achievable. This process includes hand sketches, 3D renders, budgeting analysis, and site programming so that all parties recognize the creative vision for a project.

For every project, from children’s interactive water features to large show spectaculars, we adhere to the same guiding principles of our pre-design work, providing our development partners with detailed concept and schematic design. We recognize the importance that design renders and realistic animations can play in gaining approval from not only the project owner but also other stakeholders and investors.

Key Items provided at this stage of design include:

  • Water Feature Layout
  • Swimming Pool Shape Creation
  • Renovation/Expansion Re-Design
  • Water Park Aquatic Planning & Layout
  • Comparable Project Research
  • Aquatic Feature Budgeting
  • Aquatic Capacity and Sizing Metrics
  • 3D Renders and Animations
  • Themed Partnership Design
  • Aquatic Experience Design


After pre-design, we enter our Engineering phase where the design is refined into a constructible project. Martin Aquatic provides utility information, equipment selection, mechanical footprints, and more specialized aquatic data in a complete set of construction documents. Specifying tried and true water feature components and equipment, this package has been compiled and reviewed to allow for a project to be competitively bid.

With our experienced team trained in the disciplines of mechanical, chemical, hydraulic, structural, and electrical engineering, Martin Aquatic stands behind our signed and sealed documentation and provides owners the assurance their project has been engineered to the highest standards. For the most complex of engineering challenges, our team makes use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling to validate the flow of water within river channels and other large-scale body of water attractions.

Key Items provided at this stage of design include:

  • Code Review
  • Structural Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Signed and Sealed Engineering Documents
  • Utility Loads
  • Hydraulic Design
  • Mechanical Room Layouts
  • Specialty Equipment Schedules
  • Licensed in 40+ States & Territories
  • Sustainability Studies
  • Revit/BIM Design
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling


Lastly, in the Post-Design phase, we provide traditional ongoing construction administration support for our projects, which includes participation in pre-bid meetings and contractor interviews, construction meetings, submittal and shop drawing review, as well as periodic site inspections. This oversight ensures owners that their projects are constructed per the engineering package and that, if any challenges arise, our team is equipped to handle in-the-field changes.

Other post-design services can include facility audits, renovation reports, peer review of existing facilities, equipment procurement services, and expert witness testimony. Martin Aquatic can help assess existing issues at facilities and, through our process, re-design, re-engineer, and bring the facility back to life.

Key Items provided at this stage of design include:

  • Bid Services and Review
  • Contractor Pre-Qualifications
  • Equipment Procurement Services
  • Submittal Review
  • Site Observations
  • Peer Review
  • Audits of Existing Facilities
  • Construction Management Services
  • Expert Witness