SOPREMA Grants $20,000 in Scholarships During Its Fifth Award Year

SOPREMA Inc. has selected four outstanding students to receive scholarships to pursue undergraduate or graduate degrees in a building envelope field. Each of the 2020–2021 recipients received $5,000 to cover school expenses in the coming academic year.

“SOPREMA is proud to award these scholarships, especially as we celebrate the fifth anniversary of our scholarship program,” said Jennifer Kramer, SOPREMA’s senior content strategist and the scholarship program manager. “By presenting scholarships to these deserving students, we’re continuing the investment in the next generation and pledging our commitment to the sustained success and growth of the industry.”

The SOPREMA Scholarship assists students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in architecture, engineering, construction management or similar building envelope fields at accredited four-year colleges or universities. Scholarship winners are selected based on academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, an essay and an online recommendation. Financial need is not considered.

According to the company, demand for the SOPREMA scholarship grew exponentially this year. “We adjusted our marketing and outreach to help attract more applicants, and we saw earlier and greater interest from across the U.S.,” Kramer said. “Application submissions grew by nearly 7,000 percent this year! We had applicants from all 50 states, which is the first time we’ve seen this since the start of our program in 2016.”

SOPREMA 2020-2021 Scholarship recipients include: 

Dudley Moore of Tuscaloosa, Alabama, is a graduate student at the University of Alabama studying mechanical engineering who will graduate in December 2021. A McNair Research Scholar and National Society of Black Engineers Volunteer of the Year recipient, Moore completed his third internship this summer as a heat transfer associate for Solar Turbines. He wants to develop energy solutions to address the demands of growing populations.

Alex Sewell of Salisbury, Maryland, is a freshman at the University of Maryland (UMD): School of Engineering and Honors College who is studying mechanical engineering. He will graduate in May 2024. He was active in the “Project Lead the Way Engineering Advanced Placement Program” in high school and received the UMD Banneker/Key Scholar Award, Regan Leadership Medal. He is already a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the Society of American Military Engineers.

Rhett Tinklenberg of Harrisburg, South Dakota, is a sophomore studying construction management at the South Dakota State University Fishback Honors College. He will graduate in May 2023. He serves as the secretary of the Construction Management Club and vice president of finance of the South Dakota Alpha chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He works for a custom home builder in Sioux Falls and looks forward to constructing new buildings with new technology and innovative materials.

William Welch of Burbank, California, is a senior at the University of California – Los Angeles studying mechanical engineering. He will graduate in June 2021. A Tau Beta Pi Engineering Honors Society inductee, Welch earned second-place honors at the 2020 Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. He’s also a UCLA Northrop Grumman award recipient who wants to contribute to the development and distribution of renewable energy technologies while integrating sustainable energies into everyday lives through wind and solar energy generation.

For more information, visit www.soprema.us

SOPREMA Offers Upcoming Roofing Webinars

SOPREMA, Inc. announced that the company is sponsoring three upcoming AIA-approved webinars on topics facing the industry today. 

JUNE 16 @ 2PM

The Building Envelope Campaign: Creating More Energy-Efficient Buildings

Did you know that the building envelope is one of the most overlooked areas of available energy savings in commercial buildings? The Building Envelope Campaign, which launched June 10, 2020, has been developed by the Building Envelope Technology Research Team, a part of the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Better Buildings Program, to help building owners and managers create more energy-efficient buildings by targeting the building envelope thermal performance, determining available energy savings and providing technical support. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

JUNE 30 @ 2PM

Low-Slope Roofing: The Latest ASCE 7 Wind Design Requirements

Join SOPREMA’s own Darren Perry as he focuses on commercial low-slope roofing wind design, and covers fundamental building codes and standards related to wind design. His presentation will include a detailed review of ASCE 7, “Minimum Design Loads for Buildings & Other Structures.” LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

JULY 28 @ 2PM

Single-Ply Roof Systems: Not All Things Are Created Equal

Are you interested in the technology, history and benefits of single-ply roof systems, with a core focus on EPDM, PVC and TPO? Hear from SOPREMA’s own Eric Younkin, as he reviews the anatomy of the single-ply membrane, its life cycle impacts and so much more. LEARN MORE AND REGISTER

For more information about SOPREMA, visit https://soprema.us

Pre-Cut Fleece Saves Time Flashing Pipe Penetrations, Corners

Soprema Inc. releases a new time-saving product option for roofing and waterproofing contractors: ALSAN RS Pre-Cut Fleece. ALSAN RS Fleece — a proprietary nonwoven polyester reinforcement used in ALSAN RS PMMA applied waterproofing membrane applications — was previously only available to roofing contractors in a roll format. Now, ALSAN RS Fleece can also be purchased inpre-cut detail kits intended for use with large and small pipe penetrations and inside and outside corner installations. 

With ALSAN RS Pre-Cut Fleece, contractors can now expedite project timelines by no longer spending valuable time cutting fleece during installation. They can also reduce waste associated with unusable fleece scraps, while reducing the opportunity for cutting-related errors. 

When used with ALSAN RS flashing products, ALSAN RS Pre-Cut Fleece provides a cost-effective and easy-to-apply means of addressing difficult detailing and irregular shapes encountered when waterproofing a roof. The result is a seamless, watertight, puncture-resistant, fully reinforced flashing system over SBS-modified bitumen or SENTINEL PVC membranes.

“We are continuously looking for ways to help contractors do more in less time with less waste, especially in the face of an industry labor shortage,” said Tom Stuewe, product manager from Soprema. “ALSAN RS Pre-Cut Fleece is our latest release consistent with this goal, and we anticipate roofing system installers will find it to be an even more convenient version of a product they already trust.” 

For more information, visit www.soprema.us

Soprema Acquires Derbigum Americas

Soprema Inc. announced the acquisition of Derbigum Americas Inc.— the U.S. division of Derbigum, a Belgian roofing solutions provider. Soprema plans to maximize Derbigum’s rich history of manufacturing the highest-quality APP-modified bitumen and a full line of roofing adhesives, mastics and primers as Derbigum Americas joins the Resisto and Chem Link brands as part of the Soprema family of companies in the United States.

Derbigum Americas, which opened its doors in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1989, will operate as a subsidiary of Soprema, becoming a “Soprema Group Company.” The Derbigum leadership team will remain involved, and business will continue operating as usual without disruption.

“We are pleased to welcome Derbigum Americas into our company, furthering our dedication to being an industry leader in engineered roofing solutions and strengthening our product offering by having local APP-modified bitumen production in the U.S.,” said Tim Kersey, vice president and general manager, Soprema. “Derbigum is a well-recognized and long-respected name brand, and we see immediate synergies between the two companies’ people and portfolios.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us or www.derbigum.us.

Soprema Adds Seventh U.S. Contractor Training Center at New Convoy Supply Facility

Soprema Inc. has expanded its comprehensive contractor training program by opening a new training center in Capitol Heights, Maryland. The new training center is located within a new 15,000-square-foot distribution facility operated by Convoy Supply Inc., a distributer of building envelope materials for the construction industry.

The new training center will offer courses covering product specifications and application for the full building envelope in a 1,350-square-foot classroom. The space will also be available to local contractors and architects for industry meetings and training sessions.

“We’re pleased to be expanding the reach of the SOPREMA contractor training program with our new Maryland location — our seventh training center in the U.S.,” said Curt Liscum, Technical Services Manager for Soprema. “We look forward to providing in-person education and hands-on product experience to contractors, consultants and architects at the Capitol Heights facility soon.”

“At SOPREMA, training and education are taken very seriously, and I’m glad that we can now offer our customers another convenient location specifically for this purpose,” explained Tim Kersey, Vice President and General Manager for SOPREMA. “With labor being the number one topic in our industry, we want contractors to feel comfortable and become proficient using our products. We also want designers to better understand our products and systems and feel comfortable specifying them, so we are committed to ensuring they have every opportunity to interact with and learn from us in person.”

More information on the SOPREMA training program can be found on the SOPREMA website at http://info.soprema.us/contractortrainingfaq.

Two-Component SPF Adhesive Designed to Provide More Coverage, Faster Flow Rate

DUOTACK SPFSoprema introduces a low-pressure, two-component spray polyurethane foam (SPF) adhesive to its DUOTACK family of roofing adhesive products. DUOTACK SPF was designed to provide quick, efficient adhesion of PVC membranes, insulation and coverboards to approved substrates. According to the manufacturer, the product was developed by Soprema chemists with vast knowledge and experience in the roofing and polyurethane foam industry to provide 50 percent more coverage and a faster flow rate than competing products. It also has usability in multiple applications without the need for extensive inventory and expensive equipment, like pace carts.

DUOTACK SPF is contained in a portable, easy-to-use disposable kit, and tank recycling programs are available locally to eliminate waste. Between the reduced equipment needs and the efficiencies gained from the increased gun flow rates and product yield, it offers the market a more time- and cost-effective means of reliably adhering roofing materials.

“DUOTACK SPF brings the proven performance of our DUOTACK polyurethane formulation to spray foam roofing applications,” explained Eric Younkin, Business Development Manager for Soprema. “This is not an insulation product forced into a roofing application, but rather a technology developed specifically based on deep knowledge of PVC properties, roofing applications and contractor needs. Users receive the strong properties of the DUOTACK line, but can complete jobs faster than ever due to the built-in efficiencies and simplicity of using this product.”

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

Adhesive Application Designed to Allow for Venting of LWIC

COLPLY EF for ribbon applicationSoprema Inc. announces the launch of COLPLY EF for ribbon application. The moisture-cured, solvent-free, polymeric adhesive is applied in ribbons as a solution to allow for the venting of vapor pressure and the migration of trapped moisture from lightweight insulating concrete.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application is packaged in cartridges, which will allow for the product to easily be applied in ribbons. The new application process will allow for the partial attachment of the SBS membrane or vapor retarder to address any concerns of blistering or issues caused by trapped moisture.  COLPLY EF is low odor and requires no hot torching, making it ideal for many applications with odor and heat restrictions, such as schools, hospitals and apartments.

“The ability to apply COLPLY EF in ribbons is just another way Soprema has created solutions that are needed within the industry,” said Matt Davis, product manager, Soprema. “The unique process will easily allow for venting to avoid trapped moisture and the structural damage that accompanies it resulting in an easier-to-use product and alleviating problems many contractors typically see in these applications.”

According to the company, COLPLY EF can be applied by loading 5-gallon pails into a gravity fed applicator, or by using the new cartridge packaging for use in the same battery powered applicator or multi-bead applicator commonly used for its DUOTACK products.

COLPLY EF Meets FM, UL, FBC, Miami-Dade and South Coast Air Quality Management District regulations.

For more information, visit www.soprema.us.

COLPLY EF for ribbon application

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.