Campus Facilities Summit 2024

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center, Austin, TX
October 20, 2024 - October 22, 2024

95 days left

College campuses have seen a transformation over the last 3 years and continue to navigate through periods of supply chain issues, increasing costs, labor shortages, and more. What has helped during this time? Collaboration and sharing of ideas with each other.

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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The Summit Experience

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Current as of June 16, 2024

2:00 pm

Registration Opens

5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Howard S. Wertheimer, FAIA Emeritus, LEED AP, Former AVP Capital Planning & Space Management and Institute Architect, Georgia Institute of Technology

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Itinerary Pick-Up & Breakfast

8:00 am

The Power of Propinquity


Presented by

Christopher Good, Chief Creative Officer, One Workplace & Founder, +One

8:50 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

10:25 am

Planning for Aging Facilities

Presented by

Steve Warshaw, CEO, Intellis

11:00 am

One-on-One Meetings

12:30 pm


1:35 pm

Identifying Great Real Estate Opportunities

Presented by

Thomas Morrison, Vice President Capital Planning & Facilities, Indiana University

2:20 pm

Adapting for the Future: Repurposing Space for Evolving STEM Demands

Presented by

Trevor Calarco, AIA, LEED AP, Science & Technology Practice Leader, CannonDesign

Chris Jahn, AIA, LEED AP, Science & Technology Practice Leaders, CannonDesign

2:55 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

4:00 pm

Beyond Estimation Market Outlook

Economic Forecasting for the Construction Industry and Tools to Help Control Construction Costs

Presented by

Mike Khatib, Senior Associate, Vermeulens

Blair Tennant, Principal, Vermeulens

4:30 pm

The Costs of Construction & Renovation – Engaging Stakeholders

Presented by

John D’Angelo, Assistant Vice President, Facilities Operations, University of Chicago

5:05 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:30 pm


8:00 am


8:30 am

Implementing Decarbonization Strategies


Presented by: Clearloop

9:00 am

The Impact and Importance of DEI on Planning & Design

9:35 am

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

11:25 am

How the Hybrid/WFH Concept is Driving Significant Changes in Facility Planning & Design

12:00 pm


1:00 pm

Close of Program

AT&T Hotel & Conference Center
1900 University Ave, Austin, TX 78705, USA

AT&T Hotel and Conference Center is on The University of Texas at Austin’s campus and minutes from the center of Downtown Austin. AT&T Hotel & Conference Center is located in a culturally rich and innovative neighborhood, near many restaurants and museums. We are proud to offer luxury accommodations in a sustainable setting. Everything from the concrete in our walls to the soap in our dispensers was reviewed and evaluated based on its environmental impact.

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 be added to our invitation list, email

Solution Provider Opportunities

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

    Opal provides a unique opportunity by bringing together amazing vendors, firms, and higher education in a more personal environment, providing moments of shared best practices, one-on-one focused discussions with vendors, and building lasting partnerships. Assistant Director of College Facilities

    Vanderbilt University

    I thought the Summit was well-balanced in the seminar subjects and the presentations. The attendees were a great group of colleagues to meet and discuss timely issues. Meeting with the assorted Vendors I came away with some great future relationships. Director of Space Planning and Design

    University of Southern California

    I really enjoyed it. We had a lot of great meetings and had some great conversations with facility managers and architects about our product offerings. Global Accessories Category Manager

    Bobrick Washroom Equipment, Inc.

    Opal Group puts on a great summit. The speakers were relevant and outstanding, the industry partners were informative, and the accommodations and food were excellent. Director of Campus Planning

    Louisiana State University

    The small group gave us all a better chance to connect with each other than we would otherwise have in a large conference. Highly recommend this approach. AVP Capital Strategy & Planning

    George Mason University

    I thought this was a very productive Summit overall. It was great getting to speak with both architects/designers as well as the owners. Regional Sales Manager

    International Cellulose Corporation