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 Dallas, 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!
A guided walking tour through AT&T Discovery District
Welcome Cocktail Reception
Opening Special Presentation
Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up
Track A: Zinc Coatings: Rethinking Structural Steel Protection
Carrie Gerstenberger WELL AP, CDT, CCS, Associate Specifications Writer, Bassetti Architects
Track B: How to Effectively Specify Low-Carbon Materials on Projects
Beth Stroshane CSI, CCS, LEED AP, Founder & Managing Partner, Applied Building Information
One on One Meetings & Refreshments
Track A: Design Excellence through Data Driven Collaboration
Stephen Knowles AIA, NCARB, Design Principal, HDR Inc.
Track B: Specification Strategies to Eliminate Concrete Moisture
Bill Roper, Western Regional Manager, ISE Logik Industries
One on One Meetings
Track A: Specifying Sustainability
Holly Jordan FCSI, CDT, CCS, A-SCIP, LEED AP, Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins+Will
Track B: Quality Management: It All Starts With a Plan
Gregory T. Buchanan AIA, NCARB, CSI, LEED AP BD+C Technical Director, Nelson Worldwide
Michael Czap, Project Executive, The Beck Group
One on One Meetings & Refreshments
Track A: From Flexibility to Agility: Facilitating the Path to Learner Agency
Jolene Levin, CEO, NorvaNivel
Track B: Communicating Quality in Specifications
Susan Bliss FCSI, CCS, CCCA, SCIP, LEED AP, Principal, Specifier, Spec Services
One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour
Track A: Buildings: A Collection of Assemblies
David Stutzman AIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP, Principal, Conspectus
Track B: Design for Inclusivity: Implementation of All-Gender / Gender-Neutral Design within the Industrial Settings
Olena Pavlyuk AAA, AIBC, MAA, SAA, Principal Architect, Founder, Vice President & Director, Concept Plus Architecture and Engineering
Panel: Next Generation of Spec Writers
Beth Stroshane, Managing Partner, Applied Building Information
Gail Goldstead, Senior Architectural Specifications Writer, Cannon Design
Closing Lunch & Roundtables
Close of Program
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 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