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Owell Precast transitions to Olympus banner

Sources: Olympus Precast, Bluffdale, Utah; CP staff

Following nearly a quarter century of measured growth, Owell Precast owners and management have chosen Olympus Precast as the new name of their architectural and structural product operation. Located just outside Salt Lake City, the producer is a key Intermountain market source of Spancrete hollow core plank, plus precast fence, wall and sound wall products.

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Catastrophic apartment blaze exposes wood construction + fire sprinkler folly

Sources: CP staff; New York Times; Associated Press; AvalonBay Communities Inc., Arlington, Va.

“If it was made out of concrete and cinder block, we wouldn’t have this sort of problem,” Edgewater (N.J.) Fire Chief Tom Jacobson said at a press briefing after a blaze destroyed or severely damaged more than half of Avalon at Edgewater, a 408-unit, wood-framed apartment complex built to 1990s-style code. The January 21 incident saw no loss of life and minor injuries to four firefighters and civilians.

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