Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

September 2010
Five years ago, on Aug. 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina leveled homes and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast and flooded the city of New Orleans. Today, the physical devastation caused by the storm has largely been repaired. Economically, however, the three strikes of the storm, recession and BP oil spill have left the region with a limited and shifting customer base. READ MORE
August 2010
The public building sector is ahead of others when it comes to automation. Frequently, in that sector, automation is used to manage exhibits and operate facilities. But until recently, there was little connectivity between the automated systems. READ MORE
July 2010
Rock reduction plants, which process rock into products such as cement or sand, require specialty electrical construction that only a handful of electrical contractors have taken on. One such contractor, Farnham Electric Co. of McMinnville, Ore., does this work around the world. READ MORE
July 2010
The 6,800-foot bridge over New York’s Hudson River dates back more than a century when it served as the Poughkeepsie-Highland Railroad Bridge. It now is used as a walkway. But the lights that illuminate the walkway, and the security system to provide assistance to those crossing its expanse, have had a much shorter lifespan. READ MORE
June 2010
Contractor: J. Ranck Electric (JRE), Mount Pleasant, Mich. Project: 12 highway sensor stations and message signs Owner: Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) Project partners: Hubbell, Roth, & Clark (HRC), design work; URS Corp. READ MORE
June 2010
More than half of U.S. federal government buildings are 50 years old or older. In fact, approximately 25 percent of the General Services Administration’s (GSA) 1,600 buildings are on the National Register of Historic Places. READ MORE
April 2010
With the implementation of Wi-Fi systems at healthcare facilities for Internet and voice over Internet protocol (VoIP), there has been a corresponding growth in the use of real-time location systems (RTLS). While the wireless infrastructure can be used, other technologies with other infrastructures offer healthcare customers the ability to know the location of an object or person in a facility. READ MORE
January 2010
New York’s E-J Electric Installation Company is putting the final touches on a multiyear project at John F Kennedy Airport, which serves the New York City area. The contractor is wiring the newly constructed 635,000-square-foot JetBlue Airways terminal, which includes 26 gates. The terminal has begun servicing 360 flights in and out daily. READ MORE
January 2010
Who: Sun River Electric Service Inc., Kennewick, Wash. READ MORE