Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at claire_swedberg@msn.com.

Articles by Claire Swedberg

December 2017
Neon lighting—a technology nearly as old as electricity—has had its surges and slumps over the past century, but it’s now enjoying a new and potentially lasting boost. The gas was discovered first in 1898, and, for some time, it was best known for beer ads and channel lettering. READ MORE
November 2017
For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged? READ MORE
November 2017
A state-of-the-art Veteran Affairs outpatient clinic in Colorado Springs, Colo., serves military veterans with everything from personal care to laboratory and prescription services in its handicapped-accessible facilities. Colorado Springs-based contractor Berwick Electric Co. completed the electrical construction in about a year. READ MORE
  • Kosciuszko Bridge

October 2017
Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens. The company also renovated the lighting and ventilation system for the Queens-Midtown tunnel. READ MORE
September 2017
Skilled labor shortages in construction are widespread and global. The challenge is in attracting the correct people to the industry while keeping skilled workers on hand as long as possible.
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August 2017
State by state, communities, utilities and businesses in the United States are testing, planning and building systems aimed at modernizing the nation’s grid. In the past two years, the process has accelerated. Technological improvements, not government incentives, are fueling much of that growth, and that means the process is likely to continue.
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August 2017
Aging buildings and sensor-based technology developments are creating unique opportunities for contractors and integrators to help building managers track the health of their facilities, the efficiency of the equipment and their usage of space.
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July 2017
Filling out paperwork and documenting your company’s work may be one of the more mundane project tasks, but when green building certification is involved, that documentation serves several important purposes. If documentation isn’t done correctly, it can delay green certification or lead a project owner to withdraw their certification efforts entirely. READ MORE
July 2017
Student veterans returning from the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq with emotional or physical disabilities now have a haven at the Chez Family Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education. The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides this specialized facility where veterans live and receive support services. READ MORE

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