Opal Group SpArc 2024

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead, Atlanta, GA
March 10, 2024 - March 12, 2024

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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 Atlanta, 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!

The Summit Experience

Current as of March 6, 2024

3:00 pm


5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:30 pm

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Howard S. Wertheimer, FAIA Emeritus, LEED AP, Former AVP Capital Planning & Space Management and Institute Architect, Georgia Institute of Technology

7:30 pm

Dinner Reception

7:15 am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick-Up

8:00 am

Track A: Lean in Design Management

Presented by

Greg Buchanan, Design Manager, Holder

Michael Czap, Project Executive, The Beck Group

Track B: How to Get Specified

(Manufacturer Reps ONLY) This session is designed exclusively for manufacturer reps.

Presented by

Holly A. Jordan, FCSI, CCS, LEED AP BD+C, North American Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

8:50 am

One on One Meetings

10:25 am

Track A: Delegated-Design, Design Assist, and the Contract Document Process

Presented by

Jay Whisenant, AIA, CCS, CSI, Specifications Leader, Vice President, CannonDesign

Track B: Seamless Floor & Wall Systems

Presented by

Phillip Smith, Market Segment Manager | High-Performance Flooring, The Sherwin-Williams Company

11:15 am

One on One Meetings

12:45 pm


1:45 pm

3-Part Specs vs. Abbreviated Specs

Presented by

Beth Stroshane, Managing Partner, Applied Building Information LLC

2:35 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Refreshments

3:40 pm

Integrated Fire and Smoke Door Systems: Specifying Your Own Safety Net

Presented by

Candace Kitchen, Customer Service Specialist, Total Door Systems

4:30 pm

Evolving Specifications

Presented by

David Stutzman, AIA, FCSI, CCS, SCIP, LEED AP, President, Conspectus

5:15 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:00 pm


7:45 am


8:15 am

Connections Between BIM & Specs

Presented by

Gerry Gutierrez, Senior Associate, Sasaki

Brad Prestbo, Director of Boston Office, Studio NYL

9:05 am

One-on-One Meetings

10:40 am

Optimizing Prototype Buildings: Lessons Learned by Leveraging Responsible Specifications

Presented by

Blake Jackson, Director of Sustainability, NORR

11:25 am

Panel: Talent Retention in the Design & Specifications Industry


Ralph Pitman, Project Manager, Lancer Associates Architecture

Jay Whisenant, AIA, CCS, CSI, Specifications Leader, Vice President, CannonDesign

Michael Zensen, Vice President Regional Quality Leader & Construction Administrator Leader, CannonDesign


Holly A. Jordan, FCSI, CCS, LEED AP BD+C, North American Director of Specifications, Associate Principal, Perkins&Will

12:10 pm

Closing Lunch

JW Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
3300 Lenox Rd NE, Atlanta, GA 30326, USA

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.