August 8, 2017 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Music, members, and memories were in full swing for this year’s Member Appreciation and 10-year Anniversary Kickoff Event. Our featured special guest Glenn Mouritzen, SE, LEED AP, represented the engineering and architectural firm Mour Group Engineering + Design, and shared his design experience on this House of Blues project. Michael Geary, SMPS National CEO, also joined us to help launch our Chapter’s 10-year anniversary. Thank you to all the sponsors and members for joining us in this celebration.
June 13, 2017 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
The SMPS Contractor Round Table was a great opportunity for A/E/C firm leaders, project managers, marketers and business developers to engage in face-to-face conversations with SoCal’s top contractors about strengthening connections and building business. Participants came ready to discuss past project successes and the potential for future project collaborations.
May 9, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
SMPS-OC participants learned how one health organization accomplished their goals and objectives with its design partner to achieve successful outcomes in patient experience and service excellence. Our program speakers shared an overview of current trends in healthcare and how they impact design, and explore how to support future trends in the rapidly changing landscape of healthcare.
April 11, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The SMPS-OC Chapter presented the final program of the “Cityscape” series, Part III: Irvine & Beyond. Panelists included: Irvine Mayor Donald P. Wagner, as well as key executives with Oliver McMillan Development, The Irvine Company, and Facilities Planning and Construction for the Irvine Unified School District.
March 24, 2017 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
The SMPS-OC Chapter provided a Level 1 course which gave an overview of InDesign and taught how to best prepare and approach the production and design of documents. Participants learned to work with objects, type and graphics. Those who completed this course, have a solid understanding and foundation for how best to maximize their efficiency when building your documents.
March 14, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The SMPS-OC Chapter presented Cityscape Part II: Tustin Development. We continued our discussion about what is stirring up in Orange County with industry elites and decision-makers heavily involved with the major projects in the City of Tustin – including Tustin Legacy, Advanced Technology & Education Park (ATEP), FLIGHT at Tustin, and several more.
February 7, 2017 1:00 AP to 6:00 PM
Orange County Water District’s Groundwater Replenishment System is one of the largest advanced water recycling projects in the U.S. — recharging our local aquifers and relieving our dependence on imported water supplies from Northern California. Participants had the opportunity to tour their facility and learn more about the advancements in “Indirect Potable Reuse,” and the recent decision to expand this facility in the coming year.
January 10, 2017 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM
SMPS Orange County presented Part I of “Cityscape,” a 3-Part Series on Development in Orange County. We investigated what is stirring up in Orange County by inviting industry elites and decision makers from three of the major cities undergoing major development: Anaheim, Tustin, and Irvine.
Part I: Anaheim Development includes some of the major project development-surfacing headlines. Participants learned about relevant progress on Anaheim projects which include Anaheim Village Resort, Platinum Triangle, Anaheim Canyon, and more.
December 5, 2016 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
To celebrate the Holidays, SMPS-OC had a joint celebration with SMPS-OC & BDA/OC. The event was held at Antonello’s South Coast Plaza In Santa Ana, CA.
This event was successful in collecting items and fundraising monies for “Families Forward” and “Olive Crest Home for Abused and Abandoned Children,” SMPS and BDA’s respective charities. Thank you all for your contributions to help spread the holiday cheer by putting a smile on a child’s face!
November 18, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “Relationships Matter: Building Enduring Client Connections.” In today’s hyper-competitive business environment, doing great work is no longer good enough. Nurturing and expanding relationships is necessary to retain long-term clients. As project managers and technical professionals, we are expected to not only do great work and achieve client satisfaction, but also to position our firm for future projects. Every project and client interaction creates an opportunity to achieve these objectives. This webinar helped attendees understand the topic that lead to meaningful client conversations, explore tools to promote client retention, and identify behaviors that build strong relationships.
November 15, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The November luncheon featured a discussion on rising construction costs and how building materials and systems play an important role in the “Go/No-Go” process. Participants learned from decision-makers on how they approach these issues and what their selection process is to bring strategic partners to the project team.
October 11, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
SMPS Orange County revealed what’s new with Orange County’s water and transportation infrastructure. Our panelists–from both the private and public sides of our industry-were passionate about progressing our region’s water and transportation facilities and networks. Participants learned the latest advancements and changes, what’s coming, and their firm could be part of Southern California’s future infrastructure solutions, improvements, and growth.
September 16, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “Architectural Photography Best Practices,” which introduced effective ways to keep both designers and marketers happy with the firm’s project photography. Participants learned how to build a complete picture of a project, from documenting the aesthetic and technical details to articulating the social perspectives.
September 13, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The September luncheon featured an informative presentation about development trends!
August 19, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “Driving Conversions through Content Marketing & Social Media,” which introduced effective ways to identify and describe the process, channels and tactics to drive conversions with content. Participants learned the importance of content marketing, the role it plays in generating leads and why it works.
August 18, 2016 5:00 PM to 10:00 PM
SMPS-OC 2016 Member Appreciation Event: A Night with the Angels. The event began at 5:00 PM at the Music Garden where there was a delicious pre-game BBQ, fun activities, and OC trivia with some cool Angels swag. In addition to celebrating our members, we also thanked our outgoing Board of Directors and welcomed in the new. At 7:00 PM, we made our way to our very own SMPS Terrace box seats to watch the Anaheim Angels.
July 15, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “Marketing Your Firm on a Limited Budget.” Participants learned to discover effective tools, prioritize activities, implement tracking measures, and gain awareness that would lead to firm growth.
June 17, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “How to Win a Pitch.” Participants learned strategies on how to separate yourself from highly qualified competitors, develop a personal delivery style to connect with your audience and prepare for and answer questions in a way that exudes confidence.
June 14, 2016 3:30 PM to 6:30 PM
One of SMPS-OC’s most popular events. Participants met face to face with firm leaders, explored opportunities and learned how new technology and changing delivery methods reinforce strong teams.
May 10, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Our May program featured healthcare experts and an architect who spoke on how much impact our design has on the doctors and patients so that we understood the culture shift that is occurring in today’s world of medicine.
April 15, 2016 7:45 AM to 9:30 AM
SMPS-OC showed a screening of this previously recorded webinar, “Supercharge Your Email Marketing.” Email marketing remains a powerful, cost-effective, yet highly underutilized marketing channel for engaging prospects and clients. Participants learned common email marketing pitfalls to avoid, how to optimize email marketing for mobile devices, best practices, how to grow subscribers and more.
April 12, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Our April program featured a panel of distinguished speakers from local colleges and universities who spoke about their plans for growth and building over the next few years. Specific topics included funding, delivery methods, selection process, and more!
March 18, 2016 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
One of the most popular programs of the year to date, this sold out workshop gave attendees the relevant tools necessary to lay out and produce polished proposals much more efficiently. Topics included setting up preferences and presets prior to beginning the proposal, using master pages, managing layouts and styles, and other InDesign features to assist in producing proposals with ease.
March 8, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Our March program featured green energy design specialists who brought forth the most current information on the latest trends and developments in Net Zero design. In addition, attendees were able to take a glimpse in what to expect from Greenbuild 2016, coming to Los Angeles in October of this year.
February 10 – 12, 2016
Members from SMPS Orange County had the privilege of attending and being a part of the 2016 Pacific Regional Conference (PRC) in beautiful Indian Wells, California. Every year, ten SMPS Pacific Region Chapters join forces to host three dynamic days of networking, learning, and developing relationships with industry partners. We are already looking forward to attending the 2017 PRC in Anchorage, Alaska!
January 12, 2016 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
Our January program presented the current state of development in Orange County and the forecast for 2016. Specific focus was paid to current and future projects, entitlements, opportunities, and the overall state of economy for development in Southern California.
November 5, 2015 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
At our second annual “Fall Into the Holidaze” party, guests enjoyed festive food, holiday libations, entertaining games, and the musical stylings of “Killer West,” Orange County’s own rockabilly band. Proceeds from an event raffle benefited our 2015-2016 charitable partner, Families Forward.
October 20, 2015 11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
The architecture market is hot, and changes in the way we work, learn and live in Orange County are leading to new opportunities for designers, constructs and consultants.
September 1, 2015 4:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Members are SMPS-OC’s single most important asset. Each year we hold a year-end event to celebrate, educate, and inspire our members. This is also the event where we thank our outgoing board and welcome in the new one.
For our 2014-2015 event, guest speaker Steve Richardson, President of Cerritos College Foundation and author of the book “Become a Better Leader in 30 Days” talked to the group about changing perspective, delegating, and managing your team’s strengths and weaknesses.