Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

June 2009
Despite downturns in construction, demand for low-voltage cabling—including voice, data and video (VDV)—is growing. VDV work, fueled by the interest in energy-efficient buildings, is bread and butter for security and telecom specialists. Integrated building systems (IBS) generally are managed by technology vendors and a handful of specialized electrical contractors. READ MORE
April 2009
Hospitals, nursing homes and healthcare facilities are transitioning to digital. This renovation is necessary to maintain and upgrade data, surveillance and security, often with convergence of all low-voltage systems on one cable infrastructure. READ MORE
March 2009
Three years after Hurricane Rita, while electrical contractors in southern Texas were still repairing and replacing damaged electrical systems, Hurricane Ike surged into Galveston and brought contractors the most work they had seen in decades. Ike made landfall in Galveston on Sept. 13, 2008, bringing more flooding than wind damage. READ MORE
February 2009
On April 14, 1865, President Abraham Lincoln was shot during a performance at Ford’s Theatre in Washington, D.C. Since then, the theater has been an active playhouse and museum as well as an abandoned, aging structure. READ MORE
February 2009
The University of Missouri-St Louis and pharmacy benefit manager Express Scripts Inc. joined forces to construct a facility that links the university with the corporate market. They did it while also gaining LEED status. The facility, being leased by Express Scripts, opened the doors to its new headquarters at the University of Missouri-St. Louis in April 2007. READ MORE
February 2009
Students and faculty members at Louisiana’s Grambling State University may feel more visible, as well as more secure, than those on a typical campus. The forethought of the university’s information technology (IT) staff led to an Internet-protocol-based (IP) campus-wide security system, and now, there are few unsecured areas. READ MORE
January 2009
Rex Ferry—Valley Electrical Consolidated Inc. president/CEO and former National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Vice President, District II—is the new NECA president, following exiting president Milner Irvin. Ferry brings nearly four decades of experience in the electrical industry and intends to use that experience to help foster education and growth. READ MORE
December 2008
Uninterruptible power has become a major concern for businesses storing critical data on racks of physical and virtual servers. Following Sept. 11, 2001, and multiple catastrophic storms in the United States this decade, a trend of securing data across all industries emerged for more than just banks and insurance companies. READ MORE
November 2008
The slowing economy may be challenging the construction industry, but technology vendors say they can help electrical contractors ride it out by making their work more efficient, allowing them to accomplish more estimates, spend less staff time looking for documents, and keep up with a world that is becoming more electronic. READ MORE