Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
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
October 2007
The electrical industry can expect greater worker protection with the coming changes to NFPA 70E—a standard that offers guidelines for arc flash safety and can keep electrical workers in compliance with Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards. READ MORE
October 2007
Straight from the casino floor: Dirk Boss—vice president of surveillance for American Casinos—said he and his counterparts at other casinos are eyeing plans for the analog-to-digital transition in cameras and recording equipment for security surveillance. READ MORE
October 2007
One of the largest construction projects in the United States is taking shape along the Potomac River near Washington, D.C., and the biggest piece of that project—Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center—is at its center, bringing state-of-the-art amenities along with a 19-story structure to the area. READ MORE
September 2007
When Johnson Peltier Electric’s vice president Kevin Peltier took a Miller Brewing Co. contracting job in 1980, the beer company informed him that he needed to find some minority suppliers to help the company meet its minority requirements. Peltier was surprised. His Pottawatomie and Chippewa father, Howard T. READ MORE