With the changing landscape among numerous industries due to COVID-19, the need to meet is more relevant than ever. Each Opal agenda contains a comprehensive list of seasoned speakers and leaders who are closely watching the impact of COVID-19 and its relation to industry trends. Opal is eager to keep education and networking a priority amongst this community.
At Opal, we understand that the current environment makes the prospect of travel complex. However, the desire to meet and engage with your industry peers hasn't diminished.
We are hoping to make your decision to attend the upcoming event an effortless one. We are proud to announce that the upcoming event will check all the boxes and be presented as a Hybrid event, to include both a "live" in-person event alongside a "virtual" online component. Over the next few months, we will all undoubtedly learn more about the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, and should circumstances require; the event will run solely virtual.
We hope to see you in person, but understand that may not be realistic for all of our clients. We are ready to welcome you in whatever manner it may be.
Information updates will be sent promptly should any details of the event change.
Opal Group SpArc is an invitation-only Summit that brings together the heads of specifications and architects from the most active firms in the US. This event is focused on real-world experiences, professional insights and genuine dialog with an emphasis on the industry’s top challenges.
Set in the Peachtree Lovin’ City of Atlanta, Georgia, we are sure the three days spent at the Summit will provide you invaluable information and the necessary resources to enhance your specification writing.
We believe in creating a memorable, collaborative and effective experiences focused on continuous improvement for Spec Writers and Architects. Sit down with your peers in an intimate setting and learn new ideas. Explore what true collaboration really is about.
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Designing Intelligent Buildings and Cities
Stefan Al, Senior Associate Principal, KPF
Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up
Five Essentials for Better Project Delivery
Michael Czap, Project Executive, The Beck Group
Greg Buchanan, Technical Director, Gensler
Thomas C. Berger, Managing Principal, Building Envelope Consultant, Specifier, Forensics Consultant, dtr Consulting Services
James Sandoz, Senior Specification Writer, HOK
Design Build and Specifications
Jay Whisenant, Vice President, Specifications Lead West, CannonDesign
Chip Hayward, Senior Associate/Senior Architect, Michael Baker International
Donald Koppy, Project Director, Architecture, Atkins
Clifford Marvin, Architectural Specifications Writer, Katerra
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:
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
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