Campus Facilities Summit 2021

The Westin Oaks Houston at the Galleria, Houston, TX
June 22, 2021 - June 24, 2021

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COVID-19 has shown the impact on our spaces. The way we move through space has forever changed. What will our new higher ed spaces look like?

Universities are continuously competing for the best and brightest minds to be part of their academic community. The best colleges are tasked with creating innovative spaces to complement their premier academics to attract the top echelon of students and faculty researchers.

The Campus Facilities Summit convenes the heads of facilities, capital planning, construction and engineering from the top colleges and universities across the country. It is created as an intimate, invitation-only executive conference providing a relaxed environment to connect with these leaders that oversee all aspects of design and construction.

The Campus Facilities Summit has transformed the way executives participate in conferences by creating memorable, collaborative and effective experiences. Through smaller, targeted sessions, we focus on continuous improvement for Chief Facilities Officers, AVP of Facilities, Directors of Construction and other top executives in facilities, design and construction.

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Current as of June 14, 2021


Registration Opens

2:00 - 4:30pm

Tour – University of Houston


Opening Tailgate Party (Cocktail Reception)

Sponsored by: R-Zero


Opening Keynote

David W. Leebron, President, Rice University


Dinner Reception

Sponsored by: Armstrong Flooring


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-up


New Forms of Classroom Design that Complement Collaborative Learning

Jeffrey Benjamin, PE CEFP DBIA, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Services, University of Houston


One-on-One Meetings


Future-Proofing Campus Facilities for Better Human Health

Lisa Tecklenburg, Chief Marketing Officer, R-Zero


One-on-One Meetings




Post Pandemic Space Management

Adam Thies, Associate Vice President for Capital Planning, Indiana University


One-on-One Meetings


The Importance of Improving Hygiene in Campus Restrooms

Kirk Gruben, Strategic Account Manager, Sloan

Mary Phelps, Strategic Account Manager, Sloan


One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour


Dinner Reception




The Evolution of Master Planning – Academic Needs, Funding Priorities and Maximizing Space Utilization

Allison Marshall, Design Manager, Gensler

Meredith Epley McWilliams, Senior Associate, Gensler


One-on-One Meetings


Almost True Facility Sustainability “Facts”

Wendell Brase, Associate Chancellor of Sustainability, University of California Irvine


Roundtables & Working Lunch

Deferred Maintenance and Budgeting

Roger Husser, Assistant Vice President, Louisiana State University

How Facilities Increases and Enhance the Student Experience

Onyel Bhola, Director of Design & Construction, Elizabeth City State University


Close of Conference

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Holding Your Reservation
• To ensure that you receive this special group rate, we will charge your credit card a full prepayment (room charge plus tax) when you make your reservation.
• Changes are accepted to reservations once it has been made. However, one night deposit is non-refundable

Modifying Your Reservation
• Changes to your reservation are permitted prior to Thursday, June 3rd without penalty.
• Beginning Friday, June 4th, a reduction in room nights will not be refunded.
• Name changes are accepted without charge.
• Upon the conclusion of the conference, all reservations will be reviewed and any additional nights and/or misc. charges to prepaid reservations will be charged to your credit card as well.

If a guest does not check-in on the reserved check-in date (and has not notified the hotel of any changes), the room will be subject to release. If the room is released, deposits will not be returned and guest credit card will be charged for the entire stay.

The Campus Facilities Summit is complimentary for higher ed facilities executives subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Registration is inclusive of two nights’ accommodations and most conference meals and networking activities. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations must participate as a sponsor. To participate as a sponsor, contact

Sponsorship Opportunities

The Campus Facilities Summit is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and host one-on-one meetings to share cutting edge solutions. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership opportunities by contacting

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Ellis Wyms, Super Bowl Champion & Former Defensive Lineman for the NFL

  • 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.

How much does it cost to attend?
Virtual Campus Facilities Summit is complimentary for spec writers and architects.

How do I register for the Summit?
Contact to participate in the Summit.

Where is it located?
This is an online conference, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet.
Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

How do I join the online Summit?
The online Summit login links will be emailed to you prior to the event.

How do I access my meetings?
Each meeting will have separate web enabled access that will be emailed to you in advance of the summit.
Access links will also be available in the virtual one-on-one meeting rooms.

How do I obtain credits for presentations?
Attendance is tracked for all live presentations. Opal Group will submit attendance records to AIA. On-Demand presentations are subjected to self-reporting. Certificates will also be available upon request.

Can I access the slides post-event?
All presentations will be available after the conference via the on-demand recording link.

    The 2017 summit was very beneficial to me. It reminded me that we need to continue to value our facilities and staff who are responsible for these critical assets. The experience will make me look at some things differently. Executive Senior Associate AD

    University of Texas at Austin

    The overall experience was amazing. It far surpassed my expectations. Normally, it is hard to engage in genuine conversations with representatives that are open and truly interested in your product/company. The way the summit allowed true vendor/client integration is second to none. Whether it was keynote speaker sessions, socials, dinners, roundtables, we had exposure from the time we set foot in the hotel. In my 7+ years in my industry, I have never experienced a conference/show/summit like this one. Sales Executive

    Shield Lockers

    Great venue and very well organized. Thought folks were well cared for and things flowed well. I like the one-on-one with vendors. Associate AD

    Air Force Academy

    As a first time attendee, I knew I would enjoy the speakers and but really found the one on one meeting with vendors to as productive. The flow from program to vendor meeting was easy and allowed a break from each as the time at each was just right. Senior Associate AD

    Mississippi State University

    Great event this year. Quality meetings – pace was excellent, no one felt pressured. There were many open dialogues. CAFS is one of the best events I attend. North American Manager

    BOSE Professional