Opal Group SpArc 2022

The Statler, Dallas, TX
March 20, 2022 - March 22, 2022

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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 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!

Current as of March 8, 2022





A guided walking tour through AT&T Discovery District


Welcome Cocktail Reception


Opening Special Presentation


Dinner Reception


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


Dinner Reception




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


One-on-One Meetings


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

The Statler
1914 Commerce St, Dallas, TX 75201

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
  • Design: From Complicated to Complex
  • The Building Envelope Challenge: Sustainability
  • Restoration & Adaptive Reuse
  • Sustainability & Material Transparency
  • Construction Management: Plan, Monitor, Control
  • Architecture & Artificial Intelligence
  • Mega Projects
  • Building Technology
  • Disruptive Construction Scene
  • Abstract to Concrete
  • 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:

  • 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.