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

September 2016
As part of Boston’s waterfront renaissance, American shoe company Converse has opened its new headquarters in a facility that housed manufacturing and storage for most of its almost century-long life. The building may be state-of-the-art in terms of energy efficiency and aesthetic design, but it also harkens back to its industrial roots along the Charles River. READ MORE
September 2016
Estimators are the link between the contractor and the customer, the project and the contract, the company and its revenue. While only a percentage of estimates yield a project, contractors know each one needs to be treated as a sure thing. The only way to do that, of course, is create a professional estimate that is accurate and desirable for the customer.
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August 2016
When All Electric Services Inc., 
Carbondale, Ill., won the electrical installation for a water park in its hometown, the company made safety the project’s focus. A site combining electricity, water and people naturally poses potential hazards, and 
All Electric Services was determined to 
eliminate any risk, both when the site opened and decades into the future.
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August 2016
Maintenance and renovation services don’t get much more complex, challenging or fluid than in data centers. As cloud-based computing pervades, data centers are becoming more plentiful, the data they collect and manage is growing, and security needs are becoming more critical.
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June 2016
The evolution of intelligent building system technology has triggered shifting roles for contractors and integrators, and the choices they make in their own specializations over the coming years can mean the difference between winning contracts and keeping customers or becoming less relevant. READ MORE
May 2016
Collisions between workers and vehicles are some of the most expensive incidents on a work site. Beyond the most important form of defense—having diligent and well-trained workers on-site—some contractors use digital solutions to prevent collisions. READ MORE
April 2016
In some ways, electrical contractors are becoming manufacturers. Companies of all sizes are prefabricating and modularizing work before the equipment shows up on the construction site. While some big operators have been doing it for years, small and mid-sized contractors still face a decision: either do it in-house or find someone to do the work for them. READ MORE
April 2016
With cities and utilities worldwide upgrading to light-emitting diode (LED) lighting for streets and outdoor areas, owners and installers wonder when they 
will build in the controls for smart-city applications. Most analysts and technology 
vendors say installing controls while doing retrofits will bring the greatest gain. READ MORE
April 2016
For data centers that still use copper, Category 8 (Cat 8) cabling promises to quadruple speed to 40 gigabits. Cat 8 could operate at a bandwidth frequency of 2 gigahertz. This increased capacity doesn’t mean copper will replace fiber optics, but it will offer a relatively low-cost, high-speed alternative.
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