Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinics in California

Soprema Inc. will be hosting two regional Building Envelope Clinics in California in September 2017 for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units.

The first clinic will be held in San Francisco on Sept. 19, at AIA San Francisco, located at 130 Sutter St. #600, San Francisco, CA 94104.

The second clinic will be held in Los Angeles on Sept. 21. The clinic will be held at the California Science Center, located at 700 Exposition Park Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90037

Both events include a Building Envelope Clinic that will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas, Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic

Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in the Dallas area on Aug. 8, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at the AT&T Stadium located at One AT&T Way in Arlington, Texas.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas of Soprema. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to Soprema, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Topics covered during the Building Envelope Clinic include: “SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology,” “SOPREMA PVC Roof Membrane Overview,” “SOPREMA Wall Systems and Design,” “PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes,” and “Below Grade Waterproofing Systems and Design.”

For more information and to RSVP, visit the website.

Soprema Scholarship Is Available for 2018 School Year

In an effort to continue its commitment to the success and growth of the industry, SOPREMA is proud to offer the SOPREMA scholarship to architecture, engineering, building construction management and building science students for its second year.

In its first year, the SOPREMA scholarship was awarded to seven students who each received $5,000 to go towards their graduate or undergraduate studies. SOPREMA is currently accepting applications for the 2018 scholarship year. The deadline for submissions is March 31, 2017.

“We’re proud to be offering this scholarship to students,” says Sara Jonas, marketing manager, SOPREMA. “By investing in the next generation, we are pledging our commitment to continuing the advancement of the industry.”

The SOPREMA Scholarship was founded to assist students pursuing a degree in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field at an accredited four-year college or university. The program is administered by Scholarship America, a designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Two Commercial Installations Are Honored with ARMA’s QARC Awards

Advanced Roofing Inc. installed two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These projects were Silver Award winners in ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards.

Advanced Roofing Inc. installed two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These projects were Silver Award winners in ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards.

Commercial roofs are the workhorses of a building system. They endure wind, rain, hail and foot traffic while serving as an important line of defense between the outside world and a building’s occupants. If inhabitants never consider the roof over their heads, it means the roof system is doing its job well.

The Washington, D.C.-based Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association (ARMA) showcases these hardworking but rarely celebrated systems in its annual Quality Asphalt Roofing Case- study (QARC) Awards program. Each year, the organization seeks the top asphalt roofing projects in North America that demonstrate durability and high performance, as well as beauty. The QARC awards honor a Gold, Silver and Bronze winning project that illustrates the benefits of asphalt roofing.

The Silver Winner of ARMA’s 2016 QARC Awards is a prime example of what a commercial roofing system must stand up to while remaining water-resistant and durable. Advanced Roofing Inc. (ARI), which has service areas throughout much of Florida, was hired to install two new roofs at a luxury retired-living community in Palm Beach Gardens. These reroofs were completed in 2015 and were submitted to ARMA’s awards program.

The two buildings in this community were originally built in the 1990s and were found to have numerous issues that demanded immediate attention when new management reviewed the property. The area’s hot climate requires many air-conditioning units on the roof that frequently have to be serviced. This aspect of a commercial roof can be overlooked by building owners but has a significant impact on its service life and performance. Because HVAC units and related equipment are heavy and may require frequent maintenance that brings extensive foot traffic, they can cause a roof system to deteriorate faster than normal. That was the case with the existing roofs in this living community.

Toward the end of the roofs’ service lives, temporary fixes, like patching and coatings, were made. These regular repairs only increased the operational budget while the core issues remained unresolved. According to Jessica Kornahrens, project manager at ARI, “The existing roofing system was at risk of a failure that could potentially close the building and leave its elderly residents without a home.”

ARI was hired by the new building owner and property manager to tear off the existing roofs of these two buildings and install an asphalt roofing system on each. Because of the significant durability required by the new roofs, the roofing contractor chose a high-performance three-ply modified bitumen asphalt roofing system.

The two buildings in the retirement facility were still occupied during the reroof project, creating an additional challenge during installation, but the work came in on schedule and within budget.

The two buildings in the retirement facility were still occupied during the reroof project, creating an additional challenge during installation, but the work came in on schedule and within budget.


“We knew that this type of redundant, multi-layered system would protect these buildings long-term despite the high foot traffic and heavy equipment they have to stand up to while also meeting the project budget,” Kornahrens says. “This particular system also has a Miami-Dade Notice of Acceptance with testing and approvals for Florida’s high-velocity hurricane zone.”

Between foot traffic and harsh weather, the contractors knew this asphalt roofing system was up to the task.

Challenging Installation

Before they could begin the project, ARI had to first stop the existing leaks in the first 45,900-square-foot building and the second 51,000-square-foot building, followed by a tear-off of the roof system down to the light- weight concrete. ARI fastened the modified anchor sheet with twin-lock fasteners directly into the lightweight insulated concrete deck and then torch applied an interply and fire-retardant granulated cap sheet.

Photos: Smith Aerial Photography

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SOPREMA Expands Manufacturing Facility to Accelerate Services

SOPREMA expands its Gulfport, Mississippi manufacturing facility in an effort to increase product offerings and expedite production. The expansion comes as a solution to continued growth that the Gulfport operations team has experienced and will further accelerate service to the market.

The Gulfport facility completes a 21,250 square foot addition, with its location situated on SOPREMA’s campus which encompasses manufacturing, product testing, distribution and a training facility. The expansion is used for both additional product offering and warehouse of product and materials in various stages of the production process.

“The expansion is an opportunity to continue to support the SOPREMA growth initiatives as our business grows,” said Kent Furcron, Gulfport plant manager, SOPREMA. “We are proud that our facility is now able to produce more product and provide additional jobs in the region.”

Construction of Additional SOPREMA Facility Enables Increased Roofing and Waterproofing Resin Production

SOPREMA breaks ground for a new construction project.

SOPREMA breaks ground for a new construction project.

SOPREMA, a roofing and waterproofing resin manufacturer, breaks ground for a construction project to expand its Wadsworth, Ohio, campus. The additional facility is anticipated to add jobs to the Wadsworth community.

The building will encompass approximately 25,000 square feet of space and allow for additional roofing and waterproofing resin production in the United States, offering shorter lead times and manufacturing operations for customers across North America.

“The addition of our Wadsworth manufacturing facility affirms our commitment to growing within our community,” says Sara Jonas, marketing manager, SOPREMA. “The Wadsworth facility will continue SOPREMA’s focus to advance and provide our industry with performance roofing and waterproofing resin systems, while also enhancing our innovation capabilities, says Tim Kersey, VP/GM.”

SOPREMA Inc. is Hosting Regional Building Envelope Clinic

SOPREMA Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic, in Portland, Oregon, on July 13, 2016, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at Hotel Vintage Portland, located at 422 SW Broadway, Portland, Oregon.

The Building Envelope Clinic will begin at 9:00 a.m. and conclude at 3:15 p.m. with a cocktail reception and prize raffle.

“We’re proud to be offering these clinics regionally to help support our consultants, contractors and architects,” said Sara Jonas, SOPREMA. “These courses continue to bring education to the forefront for our current partners, as well as those new to SOPREMA, while helping them to achieve credits to keep their accreditations.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:
• SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology–AIA/RCI Presentation
• PVC Roof Membrane Overview
• Wall Systems and Design–AIA/RCI Presentation
• PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes
• Vegetated Roofing–AIA/RCI Presentation

For more information, visit www.soprema.us. To RSVP, email jkendrick@soprema.us.

SOPREMA Awards Seven Scholarships to Current and Future College Students

SOPREMA Inc. has awarded seven scholarships to current and committed college students pursuing degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or a similar field.

“We’re proud to be offering these scholarships through the first year of our scholarship program,” says Sara Jonas, marketing manager, SOPREMA. “By awarding scholarships to these deserving students, we’re investing in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.”

This year’s scholarship winners come from all over the country and each is accomplished in their own right with many recent awards and honors.

  • Julianna Kampe, of Frisco, Texas, will be a freshman at the University of Portland studying civil engineering in the coming school year. While at Independence High School, Kampe has been a member of the National Honor Society, National Society of High School Scholars, and a participant in the Architecture, Construction and Engineer (ACE) Mentor Program. Additionally, Kampe has played for the school’s varsity and club soccer teams and volunteers in her community.
  • Matthew Hill, of Roswell, Ga., will be a freshman at the Colorado School of Mines studying engineering in the 2016-17 school year. In 2015, Hill received the National Merit Scholar Letter of Commendation and the AP Scholar with Distinction Award. In 2016, Hill received the John Dorman Duty to God Award.
  • Chandler Householder, of McKinney, Texas, will be a freshman studying architecture at the University of Texas at Austin this fall. Recently, Householder has conducted research and worked with Stantec architects on a collaborative project through an independent studies and mentorship class. Additionally, Householder has started her own architectural photography series and volunteers her time with children’s programs at the Kimbell Art Museum.
  • McHugh Carroll, of Chicago, Ill., will be a sophomore at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying architecture this fall. While at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Carroll volunteers at the campus bike co-op and attends architecture and physics lectures. He also enjoys spending his free time rock climbing.
  • Katherine Young, of Clermont, Fla., will be a college freshman this fall studying architecture. While attending high school at Monteverde Academy, Young has been a member of the varsity cross country and track team, Key Club, National Honor Society, S.T.E.M. Club, Mu Alpha Theta, and was named an AP Scholar with Distinction.
  • Heather Holm, of Clermont, Fla., will be a college freshman this fall studying engineering. While in high school at Monteverde Academy, Holm has been a member of Key Club, Yearbook Club and National Honor Society.
  • Ryan Keenan, of Montebello, Calif., will be a senior at California State Polytechnic University: Pomona this fall, graduating with a degree in architecture. While in college, Keenan has served as president of Freedom by Design, the American Institute of Architecture Students (AIAS) community service program. Additionally, Keenan was awarded both the Jean Roth Driskel Scholar Award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the President’s Council Scholar Award from California State Polytechnic University: Pomona in 2015.

In its first year, the scholarship program supports SOPREMA’s commitment to educating and advancing the building envelope community through promoting continuing education and aiding the next generation in attending college.

SOPREMA Acquires Chem Link

SOPREMA, a manufacturer of roofing, waterproofing, wall protection and civil engineering solutions, announces the acquisition of Chem Link, a manufacturer of high-performance, environmentally friendly adhesives, sealants and coatings.

Chem Link will operate as a subsidiary and it will be business as usual for their customers and for the markets they serve. The joining of companies accelerates access to more technology, products and innovation for existing and new complementary markets.

“We’re proud to be welcoming Chem Link into our company, helping SOPREMA further our commitment to providing environmentally friendly innovations that drive our industry forward,” says Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager, SOPREMA USA. “Adding Chem Link is an opportunity for us to provide greater value for all our customers, suppliers and employees.”

“Chem Link’s business principles and core values align extremely well with SOPREMA’s, and being a part of the SOPREMA Group will provide additional resources to assist the company in attaining its fullest potential,” says Phil Georgeau, founder.

SOPREMA Joins the Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association

The Polyisocyanurate Insulation Manufacturers Association announced that SOPREMA has joined the group as a manufacturing member.

“The addition of SOPREMA to the polyiso industry and the PIMA family reflects the continuing growth of polyiso as North America’s insulation product of choice,” says Jared Blum, president PIMA. “SOPREMA’s construction industry leadership role is well acknowledged, and the PIMA Board of Directors looks forward to the active involvement of the company.”

SOPREMA joins PIMA’s six manufacturing members: Atlas Roofing, Firestone Building Products, GAF, Hunter Panels, Johns Manville and Rmax.

SOPREMA is an international manufacturer specializing in the development and production of innovative products for waterproofing, insulation, soundproofing and vegetated solutions for the roofing, building envelope and civil engineering sectors. Founded in 1908 in Strasbourg, France, SOPREMA now operates in more than 90 countries.

With its first polyisocyanurate insulation plant in North America, SOPREMA will expand its presence in the construction market by offering complete roofing solutions to its clients, while managing all production phases.

“SOPREMA is proud to join PIMA and contribute to the energy performance of buildings and the reduction of greenhouse gases as a manufacturer of high-performance insulation boards,” says Richard Voyer, executive vice president and CEO of SOPREMA North America.