Opal Group SpArc Virtual Summit 2020

September 9, 2020

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An Exclusive Online Event for Senior Specifiers & Architects

COVID-19 has disrupted the AEC and specifications community in so many ways. As we continue to learn more about the virus and its impact on buildings and its spaces, the time to collaborate on best practices and share innovative products is now.

Opal Group SpArc is providing an online forum for enlightening presentations and informative meetings in a safe and productive environment. We understand the need to connect with colleagues and business partners to collaborate and learn new ideas. We’ve created an online Summit where you can continue to conduct business, earn credits and have virtual face-to-face time with industry folks.

Our goal is to deliver an experience that is engaging and highly participatory through a virtual summit focused around design and construction in a COVID-19 world. We are providing a platform to connect with industry from around the country to learn more about innovative products and new ideas for design and specification writing. Share your stories and collaborate in creative problem-solving to tackle issues we are all facing in light of the pandemic.

Earn up to 4 credits!

For a more detailed agenda, please contact summits@opalgroup.net.

Current as of

(Scheduled Times are all EDT)


Virtual World Opens – Review Navigation Tools


Welcome & Opening Remarks




Selecting Appropriate Interlayers and Enhancing Security with Laminated Glass

Ron Hull, Marketing Manager, Americas, Kuraray

Mark Jacobson, North American Market Manager, Kuraray


Networking Break & Solution Provider Showcase




COVID-19 Design Toolkit: The Definitive System for Social Distancing

Tim Fendley, Partner & Creative Director, Applied Wayfinding


Boardroom Meetings


Networking Break & Solution Provider Showcase




Understand the Ways We Inhabit Buildings & Move Through Space

William Bamford, Project Executive, P. Agnes

Michael Chambers, Associate Vice President, Senior Project Specifier, HGA

Michael Kostow, Founding Principal, Kostow Greenwood Architects


Boardroom Meetings


Networking Break & Solution Provider Showcase




Managing Condensation and Thermal Performance with Continuous Insulation

Scott Johnston, Business Development Manager, Huber Engineered Woods




Design, Meet Construction. On Budget!

David Stutzman, Principal, Conspectus

Marcene Taylor, President, Marcene Taylor Inc.


Closing Remarks & Close of Summit

Omni Grove Park Inn
Asheville, NC

1 user/pass
Spec Writers/Architects Complimentary*
Manufacturers/ Solution Providers $349

*Subject to Opal Group’s verification and approval. Only individuals who are architects or spec writers of firms or independent qualify for a complimentary pass. Specification writers of vendor companies do not qualify. Practitioners and executives representing solution provider organizations or manufacturers must register as a sponsor attendee.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Opal Group SpArc is currently seeking solution providers to present case studies and share cutting edge solutions. Learn more about sponsored thought leadership and meeting host opportunities by contacting

Opal Group SpArc provides you with the ability to connect and virtually meet with manufacturers of your choice. The relaxed atmosphere provides the opportunity to have open and candid conversations with senior executives to discuss your needs. This unique format creates the opportunity to share your challenges with those at the table and walk away with actionable information.

  • 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 Experiences:
    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.

How much does it cost to attend?
Opal Group SpArc Virtual Summit is complimentary for spec writers and architects.


How do I register for the Summit?
Contact summits@opalgroup.net to participate in the Summit.


Where is it located?
This is an online conference, which means that it can be accessed anywhere in the world through a desktop, laptop, mobile device or tablet.
Audio and presentation viewing is accessed through an internet connection. Supported browsers include Chrome, Firefox or Safari.


How do I join the online Summit?
The online Summit login links will be emailed to you prior to the event.


How do I access my meetings?
Each meeting will have separate web enabled access that will be emailed to you in advance of the summit.
Access links will also be available in the virtual one-on-one meeting rooms.


How do I obtain credits for presentations?
Attendance is tracked for all live presentations. Opal Group will submit attendance records to AIA. On-Demand presentations are subjected to self-reporting. Certificates will also be available upon request.


Can I access the slides post-event?
All presentations will be available after the conference via the on-demand recording link.

    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.