Opal Group SpArc 2017

New Orleans Marriott, New Orleans, LA
March 12, 2017 - March 14, 2017

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Opal Group SpArc is an invitation-only symposium that assembles heads of specifications from the top architecture firms in the nation. Thought leaders will share best practices, present case study driven data and explore novel approaches that speak to the industry's most challenging topics. The intimate setting and interactive program format fosters an environment where like-minded peers can engage in thought provoking discussions around a variety of relevant industry subjects. The invaluable information shared during this three day event is sure to provide participants with the necessary resources and guidance needed to enhance their specification writing.

Agenda current as of January 25, 2017

3:00 - 6:00pm


6:00 - 7:00pm

Cocktail Reception

7:00 - 8:00pm

Opening Session

8:00 - 9:30pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 - 8:00am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up

8:00 - 8:50am

Conference Sessions

9:00 - 10:30am

One-to-One Meetings

10:35 -11:25am

Conference Sessions

11:30am -12:30pm

One-to-One Meetings

12:30 - 1:30pm


1:35 - 2:25pm

Conference Sessions

2:30 - 4:00pm

One-to-One Meetings

4:10 - 5:00pm

Conference Sessions

5:00 - 6:00pm

One-to-One Meetings

7:00 - 9:00pm


7:30 - 8:00am


8:00 - 8:50am

Conference Sessions

9:00 - 10:30am

One-to-One Meetings

10:40 - 11:30am

Conference Sessions

11:35am -12:45pm

Conference Sessions

12:45 - 1:45pm

Closing Luncheon

New Orleans Marriott
New Orleans Marriott, Canal Street, New Orleans, LA, United States

As part of your registration, Opal Group will make your reservation. All confirmation numbers will be sent out 2 weeks prior to the meeting.

Registration Info

To request an invitation, please contact summits@opalgroup.net


  • Innovations in Architecture
  • Delegated Design Responsibilities
  • Emerging Trends in Building Envelope Commissioning
  • Products Manufactured out of the Country
  • Training & Developing the New Spec Writer
  • Update on the Health Product Coalition
  • Sourcing Materials for International Products
  • Comparing the Green Building Rating Systems
  • Liability: Protecting Yourself and Your Firm
  • Spec/Drawing Mis-coordination
  • Future of the Design Build Environment
  • …And much more!
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage the senior executives in attendance. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

Attendee projects fall in the following categories:

  • Aviation
  • Commercial
  • Federal/State/Municipal Government
  • Education
  • Entertainment/Leisure
  • Healthcare
  • Hospitality
  • Industrial
  • International
  • Manufacturing
  • Multi-Family
  • Museum/Cultural
  • Religious
  • Research/Laboratories
  • Retail
  • Sports/Recreation

Attendee projects fall in the following categories:

      I always come looking for new ideas and materials and I’ve come away with quite a few. Head of Specifications


      Overall a very good experience; good location, very nice accommodations, great presentations and great interactions with manufacturer representatives. Specifications Coordinator

      RSP Architects

      Intense, productive, positive learning experience. Well worth attending. Sr. Technical Architect

      The SLAM Collaborative