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

February 2008
It may be a few years old, but Westlake High School (WHS), part of the Eanes Independent School District (ISD) near Austin, Texas, has already been lauded as one of the top facilities in the country. The district probably didn’t set out to establish records. Rather, it simply wanted to either build a new facility or expand the one it had. READ MORE
February 2008
Two years ago, Lynn (Mass.) School District had many problems in the Thurgood Marshall Middle School. Students were fighting in the public areas. The building was being vandalized. There were several arson attempts, and one teacher was suspected of being poisoned. READ MORE
February 2008
The Plaza Hotel on Central Park has been a distinctive part of New York City’s architecture for a century. It is styled as a French Renaissance structure of early 20th century wealth. For decades, the Plaza has been a gathering place for the wealthy and influential, from Alfred Vanderbilt to Alfred Hitchcock. READ MORE
February 2008
Hudson County, N.J., is taking an icon of the past—the old Block Drug Headquarters in Jersey City—and resurrecting it as the county’s new administrative building for 1,100 employees. READ MORE
February 2008
Even as structures age, tenants expect up-to-date building automation, lighting controls, security and voice/data information. This expectation creates a new niche for electrical contractors. READ MORE
January 2008
When Louisiana Energy Services celebrated the groundbreaking of the National Enrichment Facility near Hobbs, N.M., in 2006, it faced many problems. This $1.5 billion uranium plant is expected to eventually produce 25 percent of all fuel from U.S. nuclear power plants, but it is located in a remote area with little nearby labor force or housing. READ MORE
December 2007
First impressions are everything in the hospitality industry, and lighting is a big part of those impressions. “That can make or break an ambience,” said Doreen Le May Madden, owner and principle designer of Lux Lighting Design, Belmont, Mass. “Lighting dictates the pleasantness of the space and actions within that space.” There are both psychological and physiological elements of lighting. READ MORE
December 2007
Athletes might say that when it comes to stadium lighting, they just want to be able to see the ball in play; most spectators probably feel the same. Having clean, well-planned lighting has been, and still is, the primary concern of stadium and ballpark owners. READ MORE
December 2007
Enter most banks today, and the security system will record your face at multiple angles from multiple cameras. How they use those images, for what and where they store them are problems banks must navigate, as the industry transitions from analog to digital and from video cassette recorders to network video recorders (NVRs) and Internet protocol-based (IP) cameras. READ MORE

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