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

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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.

Creating Visual Impact with Copper and Silver Roofing Membranes

Whether you’re re-roofing a historic building that needs to maintain its aesthetics or you’re working on a new roof construction that has to make a statement, there are many instances in which a building owner would want his or her roof to generate a specific architectural appeal. The most difficult part of this is balancing durability and beauty with cost. Roof systems today have evolved to solve this conundrum. Now, copper and silver synthetic PVC membranes are being used to achieve the desired appearance of a metal standing-seam roof at a fraction of the cost without sacrificing performance.

Alternatives to Metal Roof Systems

Michigan State University replaced the existing slate roof system with SOPREMA SENTINEL Copper Art to provide the desired appearance and required long-term performance.

Michigan State University replaced the existing slate roof system with SOPREMA SENTINEL Copper Art to provide the desired appearance and required long-term performance.

Copper and silver synthetic membranes are great cost-effective alternatives to metal roofs. As flexible synthetic systems, these roof membranes are economical and easy to install by conforming to complex geometries.

Certain synthetic PVC roof membranes on the market today are offered in a variety of colors, some of which can mimic the look of metal roofing. While these roof membranes offer the proven long-term performance of flexible polyvinyl chloride (PVC), they provide the metal appearance via the addition of pigments that can chalk or fade as the pigmented membrane ages, therefore losing the desired aesthetic feature.

Conversely, SOPREMA SENTINEL Copper and Silver Art PVC membranes incorporate copper or aluminum metallic powder into the PVC formulation, producing an enhanced metallic look. Unlike pigmented membranes, SENTINEL Copper Art provides the same weathering capabilities as traditional standing seam copper—the SENTINEL Copper Art will patina as a traditional copper roof would. Silver Art is unique because the color will not fade due to the addition of metallic powder, and its surface layer is factory embedded with an acrylic shield treatment to resist dirt pickup and chalking. Copper Art and Silver Art membranes provide the long-lasting aesthetic appearance and waterproofing abilities of a metal roof.

Applications for Copper and Silver Membranes

Copper and silver roof membranes are often used on buildings where aesthetics are important. Historic buildings, churches, schools, government buildings and army bases are a few examples of where this type of roof membrane has been installed. These buildings may require a particular appearance or designers may simply wish to update the appearance or provide some panache. Mansards or other areas of visible existing light-gauge metal roof systems may be present on these buildings and flexible copper and silver roof membranes may be used as an alternative aesthetic solution.

SENTINEL Silver Art met Glenside Public Library’s leak-free and architectural needs, plus the roofing contractor liked that the SENTINEL membrane was easy to install and looked great upon completion.

SENTINEL Silver Art met Glenside Public Library’s leak-free and architectural needs, plus the roofing contractor liked that the SENTINEL membrane was easy to install and looked great upon completion.

For example, since 2007, the slate roof of the Snyder-Phillips residence hall at Michigan State University had been leaking. The university needed to replace the existing slate roofing system with a new system that would meet the aesthetic requirements of the historic building. SOPREMA SENTINEL Copper Art was installed as a cap sheet to provide the desired appearance and the required long-term performance.

In addition, the Glenside Public Library had an existing standing-seam roof that was tied-in to a low-slope ethylene propylene diene monomer (EPDM) roof. The tie-in between the two materials was problematic and continuously leaked. The library wanted to preserve the standing-seam appearance, but the noise created by wind and rain on the metal roof was a concern.

SOPREMA SENTINEL Silver Art was selected because it could provide the desired look while eliminating the tie-in issues between the steep- and low-slope roofing materials. SENTINEL Silver Art met the library’s leak-free and architectural needs, plus the roofing contractor liked that the SENTINEL membrane was easy to install and looked great upon completion. In addition to its aesthetic appeal, SENTINEL Silver Art also offered the benefit of significant noise reduction when compared to the former metal roof system.

Roofing Technology Advancements

As roofing technology advances, the options for creating a desired aesthetic have evolved. SENTINEL PVC Copper and Silver Art are high-performance roof membranes that provide the appearance of metal with the flexible, long-term performance of PVC, without the weight, expense or complexity of a traditional metal roof.

Project Profiles: Hospitality and Entertainment

Hilton Garden Inn, Cleveland


General Contractor: HOBS Roofing, Canton, Ohio
Roofing Consultant: RS&M, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Roof Materials

Because of the area’s harsh winter climate, the hotel’s reroofing project required a redundant roofing system that would be strong and durable. The SOPREMA system chosen is typically used in climates like this for that reason.

Although the selection of this particular roofing system was easy, the installation presented a few challenges. The hotel’s roof includes a cell tower, containing a telecommunication terminal for all of Ohio. The installers had to be careful to avoid interference with the terminal when removing the original roof, as well as applying the new system. In addition, the mortar in some of the walls of the penthouse was deteriorating. The installation team had to flash in the ALSAN RS liquid system to keep water from penetrating and getting into the new roof system.

When the reroofing project began, installers first needed to remove the old coal-tar roof from the structural deck of the concrete building. Next, the deck was primed using Elastocol 500 and then a SOPRALENE 180 SP vapor barrier was heat-applied. This particular vapor barrier is commonly used in northern Ohio when reroofing.

Following the vapor barrier, the installation package was ready to be glued down using DUOTACK, SOPREMA’s low-rise foam adhesive. SOPRABOARD cover board was applied, followed by a layer of heat-applied SOPRALENE Flam 180 and then a heat-applied cap sheet of SOPRALENE Flam 180 FR GR. To finish the project, ALSAN RS 230, a PMMA two-part rapid-curing liquid flashing product, was applied over top in a custom color to match the roof to the aesthetic of the building.

Roof System Manufacturer: SOPREMA

Roof Report

Open since 2002, the Hilton Garden Inn stands 11-stories high and has 240 rooms. The hotel is within walking distance to Progressive Field and the CSU Wolstein Center, and is close to other downtown Cleveland entertainment and dining. The hotel features a business center, pool, fitness center and more. The reroofing project took place in summer 2014.


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SOPREMA Announces New Scholarship Program

SOPREMA announces its new scholarship program, a commitment to the continued success and growth of the industry.

“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. Up to seven scholarships will be awarded. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America, a designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals.

Waterproofing System Provides a Sustainable, Durable Product

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo.

SOPREMA Inc. has developed MAMMOUTH Neo, an eco-friendly, high-performing waterproofing system developed with new technology to provide a sustainable, durable product with increased longevity and UV stability.

MAMMOUTH Neo is comprised of an innovative and environmentally friendly elastomer made from organically sourced raw materials derived from 75 percent canola oil, using 30 percent less non-renewable fossil resources than traditional membranes. This high-quality composition allows the system to withstand the weathering elements longer, slowing down the aging process and contributing to a healthier building environment.

MAMMOUTH Neo system consists of two ultra-thin, ultra-lightweight and easy-to-install layers, reducing time and strain spent on the job. The system contains MAMMOUTH Neo Base SI, a self-adhered first layer and MAMMOUTH Neo Cap, a self-protected second layer, to provide the assurance and durability of a redundant system.

MAMMOUTH Neo is designed for new construction and renovation projects. MAMMOUTH Neo can be applied to concrete, wood or steel substrates. Tensile and wind resistance tests conducted on MAMMOUTH Neo resulted in a maximum permissible depression value equal to 4,989 Pascals (Pa).