Opal Group SpArc 2019

M Resort and Spa, Henderson, NV
March 10, 2019 - March 12, 2019

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The 2019 Opal Group SpArc Summit is taking place in the City of Lights. While this city is known for the phrase, “What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas,” we are challenging you to do the opposite. Take this time to engage with key decision makers to form solid partnerships for future business opportunities.

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.

For a more detailed agenda, please contact summits@opalgroup.net.

Current as of February 22, 2019





Fiduciary Duties for Licensed Design Professionals

David Stutzman, Principal, Conspectus

Ujjval Vyas, Principal, Alberti Group


Welcome Cocktail Reception & Ice Breaker


Opening Session

Chris Good, Creative Director, One Workplace


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up


Balancing Design Focus with Technical Realities


Melissa Balestri, Information Manager, Applied Building Information

Beth Stroshane, Managing Partner, Applied Building Information

Transparency is the New Green

Blake Jackson, Sustainability Design Leader, Associate, Stantec Architecture


One-on-One Meetings


IT vs. OT: Integrating Each for a Productive & Futureproof Facility

Daniel Rodriguez, Director of Partnerships, Accuride International, Senseon Secure Access


One-on-One Meetings




Slip Coefficients


Jay Whisenant, Vice President, CannonDesign

A Tale of Two Timber Office Buildings: Practical Applications of CLT

Scott Barton-Smith, Project Architect, Hacker


One-on-One Meetings


Brick Rainscreens

Gerry Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Sasaki

Brad Prestbo, Senior Associate, Sasaki

Building Science + Architecture

Thomas Berger, Managing Director, Specifier, dtr Consulting


One-on-One Meetings






Building Skin

Chris Dixon, Façade Specialist, Morrisson Hershfield

Quality Management in the Architectural Firm

Gloria Rasmussen, Director of Quality Management, RMW Architecture & Interiors


One-on-One Meetings



Seismic Design Requirements of ASCE 7 Chapter 13

Chris Dixon, Façade Specialist, Morrisson Hershfield

Preliminary Project Description

Cliff Marvin, Specification Specialist, BLRB

Design Assist

Michael Chambers, Associate Vice President, Senior Project Specifier, QA Manager, HGA

Design Strategies Towards Longevity & Cost Effectiveness

Russell Thomman, PLA, Associate, Project Manager, Landscape Architect & Planner, Stantec


Closing Lunch

M Resort, Spa and Casino
12300 Las Vegas Boulevard South, Henderson, NV, USA

Opal Group SpArc is an invitation-only meeting for the heads of specifications and design from the most active architecture firms in the country. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations, meals, networking functions and access to all conference sessions. Manufacturers are able to attend through sponsorship with a limit of two companies per category.

We welcome specifiers, architects and manufacturers to be involved. To learn more about participating as, please contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • Maintaining Quality of Products & Services to Clients
  • Training the Next Generation of Leadership
  • Design Strategies Towards Longevity & Cost Effectiveness
  • Balancing Design Focus with Technical Realities
  • Material Transparency & the Gaps in the Promise Vs. Reality of Sustainability
  • The Effect of 2018 IBC Codes on Design & Development
  • The Future of Multi-Family Housing
  • Legal Issues Involved with Specifications
  • Improving Efficiency in Preparing Drawings & Specifications
  • Overcoming Day-to-Day Challenges in Documentation
  • Improving Communication with Contractors
  • Collaboration at Early Phases of Projects
  • And much more to be announced!
  • 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 that are engaging and informative. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected offsite dinner at a nearby venue. Opportunities are endless in Las Vegas with a wide variety of nearby activities to continue your networking and build strong personal relationships with current and future partners. We’ll provide a list of our recommendations for pre and post conference activities a few weeks prior to the Summit.

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

    Very well organized. Really enjoyed the mixture and variety of formats for presentations. Architect

    Carrier Johnson + Culture

    This is my fourth time to attend and I continue to believe these events are valuable. The opportunity to hear a variety of speakers inspires new thinking. Meeting one-on-one with people who are really knowledgeable about their products, in one place, is convenient and efficient. Holding these events in nice, interesting venues gives the chance to relax as well. Vice President

    Specifications Manager, FKP Architects

    As always, very good. Professional set up and venue. Very good speaker presentations – topics and presentations. Vice President

    Cannon Design

    Excellent. I like the format of workshops interspersed with business meetings. I also like the expansion/intermix of specs, architecture and interiors – it brings more perspectives to the table. Associate

    LPA, Inc.