Living Roof Protects Veterans’ Stories

07-09-2020 | Media

The museum and memorial is truly an architectural work of art that honors and remembers all veterans.

 National Veterans Memorial Museum

The National Veterans Memorial Museum is the first and only memorial to veterans of all branches and eras. Guests have the opportunity to learn more about individual stories and experiences shared by veterans throughout history. The museum opened in October 2018 and portrays the stories through photos, letters and personal belongings of veterans throughout history. To continue to tell the story of our country’s veterans, there is an area of the museum designated for veterans to record a video and share their own piece of history.

On the outside, the National Veterans Memorial is an architectural work of art. When working on such a significant project, it was important to select a product that would protect what was held inside. A full SOPREMA system was selected to protect this building. From the SOPRALENE 180 PS 3.0 base ply adhered with COLPLY EF to the SOPRALENE Flam 180 FR GR cap sheet, the building is protected with a multiply, redundant system. In addition, a variety of SOPRANATURE products, such as SOPRANATURE Root Barrier and Filter Fabric, were used to complete the vegetated roof.

National Veterans Memorial Museum Campus

Project size: 300 squares

Contractor: Phinney Industrial Roofing

Architect: Design Group Columbus

Completed: 2018

Products used: SOPRALENE 180 PS 3.0, COLPLY EF Adhesive, SOPRALENE Flam 180 FR GR, SOPRANATURE Root Barrier, SOPRANATURE Filter Fabric


SOPREMA offers a vast array of roofing solutions allowing for choice and peace of mind in design and application. From the proven, redundant, durable protection of SBS-modified bitumen, to the multifunctional problem-solving features of highly flexible PMMA/PMA liquid applied systems, to the aesthetic and functional options of single ply PVC, SOPREMA has the time-tested solution. SOPREMA has been expertly investing in the roofing industry for over 100 years.

About The National Veterans Memorial and Museum

The National Veterans Memorial and Museum began with a vision from the late Senator John Glenn (1921-2016), Colonel, USMC (retired), who understood the pressing need to honor the legacy of the courageous men and women who answered the call for our country. We must carefully preserve not only the names, dates and battles, but the intimate memories, personal belongings and painful losses of our nation’s Veterans. His vision is now the guiding principle for the institution he inspired.