Low-Odor, Single-Component Adhesive Is Solvent Free

Soprema offers COLPLY EF adhesiveSoprema offers COLPLY EF adhesive, a low-odor, single-component polymer modified membrane adhesive specifically formulated for Soprema sand-surfaced SBS-modified bitumen plies. COLPLY EF can be applied without fear of negatively affecting building occupants, and upon curing, it provides additional layers of elastomeric waterproofing protection between plies.

According to the company, Soprema’s prefabricated SBS-modified bitumen membranes provide ease of application and flexibility for the installer, accommodating various application methods, including heat welding, cold adhesives, self-adhesive, mechanical fastening, and hot asphalt. Zero-VOC COLPLY EF adhesive is designed to allow multiply protection for highly sensitive applications, offering a non-hazardous and flameless solution. It is a safe alternative for buildings that require uninterrupted operations as occupants go about their daily routines during construction.

“We developed COLPLY to be the zero-VOC, single-component product installers need to do tough, sensitive jobs,” explained Matt Davis, product manager at Soprema. “It allows buildings with vulnerable populations like schools and hospitals to gain an additional layer of elastomeric waterproofing protection without concern for effects of odors or other chemical compounds on bystanders.”

Soprema Appoints Northern Illinois Sales Representative

Soprema Inc. has appointed Michael McClay, a five-year member of the Soprema business development team, as a dedicated sales representative for the Northern Illinois region.

“Michael brings to the Northern Illinois region not only a strong track record as a sales representative who is knowledgeable about Soprema’s products and services, but a strong understanding of building science and how customers can achieve lasting positive results,” said Jeff Valentine, district sales manager at Soprema. “I am confident our customers in the area will enjoy working with Michael and will find his expertise valuable as they design and construct buildings built to last.”

McClay is a graduate of Illinois State University with a degree in Construction Management. According to the company, McClay brings a strong background in general waterproofing, below-grade applications, liquids and wall systems to the job. He is also an active participant in many local and industry associations including AIA and RCI. Michael regularly draws upon his areas of expertise to educate architects, consultants, contractors and building owners on proper building design and waterproofing techniques, and he looks forward to continuing to educate the community in his new role.

Soprema to Host Building Envelope Clinic in New York

Soprema Inc. will be hosting a regional Building Envelope Clinic in New York on Oct. 10, 2017, for architects, consultants and contractors looking to further their knowledge, network and earn continuing education units. The clinic will be held at AIA New York, located at 536 LaGuardia Pl., New York, NY 10012.

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.”

Courses offered during the Building Envelope Clinic include:

  • SBS-Modified Bitumen Technology –AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Wall Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Below Grade Waterproofing Systems & Design – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • Vegetated Roofing Systems – AIA/RCI Accredited
  • PMMA/PMA Liquid Applied Membranes
  • For more information and to RSVP, click here.

    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.

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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.