Opal Group SpArc 2021

Charlotte Marriott City Center, Charlotte, NC
August 8, 2021 - August 10, 2021

11 days left

An Exclusive Event for Senior Specifiers & Architects

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 North Carolina, we are sure the three days spent at this year’s 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.

We look forward to collaborating with you!

Current as of July 23, 2021




Welcome Cocktail Reception


Opening Session

Intelligent Buildings

Rob Murchison, Co-Founder, Intelligent Buildings


Dinner Reception


Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up


The Updated Regulations and Codes Regarding Accessibility

Jay Whisenant, Vice President, Specifications Leader, Cannon Design


One-on-One Meetings


Achieving Green Building Standards with Sustainable Metal Coating System

Susan Borne, Coil & Extrusion Architectural Manager, Sherwin-Williams

Royce Brown, Architectural Sales Manager, Sherwin-Williams


One-on-One Meetings




Project Delivery Process

Wade Bevier, Construction Specifications Manager, SmithGroup

Ken Buschle, Specifications, Quality Control, GMA Architects

Chip Hayward, Senior Architect, Michael Baker International


One-on-One Meetings


Moisture in Concrete & Roofing Systems

Manfred Kehrer, Dipl.-Ing., Senior Associate, WJE


One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour


Dinner Reception




Lessons Learned from Building Enclosure Site Investigations

Ken Hercenberg, Senior Consultant, Allana Buick & Bers, Inc.


One-on-One Meetings


The Happy Secret to Building Buy-In

Becca Silver, CEO, The Whole Educator


Closing Lunch

Charlotte Marriott City Center
100 West Trade Street, Charlotte, North Carolina 28202

Opal Group SpArc is an invitation-only meeting for senior specifiers and architects with projects in the US. Qualified Spec Writers and Architects receive complimentary registration to the Summit, inclusive of lodging and conference meals. Solution providers and manufacturers are able to participate through sponsorship.

For details on attending or sponsoring, contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • Rising Costs for Labor/Construction
  • Compression of Projects Timeline
  • Clients Who Value “Value” and not just “Cost”
  • Inter Discipline Coordination
  • Emerging Professional Training
  • Retaining Staff
  • Quality Control
  • Computer/Technology Upgrades
  • Project Delivery Process
  • How Firms are Successful in Their Operations
  • Training of Staff in the Latest Technologies
  • Staying up with the Latest Technologies
  • Dissemination of Knowledge Amount Hundreds of Staff
  • Ever-increasing Complexity of Building Science
  • Translating Owner Desires into Project Objectives
  • Managing Construction Cost Outcomes
  • Training New Talent
  • How Architects Can Better Collaborate with Other Design Professions
  • How to Manage Client Expectations Regarding Design Assist
  • 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.