Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
October 2008
Hotel chains have unique demands when it comes to telephone, data, video, security and building automation. Hotel owners need a facility with the latest amenities and access to information about their building’s mechanical equipment through building automation systems. READ MORE
October 2008
More than most industries, resorts—whether for skiing, golfing or horseback riding—are vulnerable to crime and other security lapses. With multiple access points, large sprawling spaces and thousands of visitors and staff members, resorts face unique security challenges. READ MORE
September 2008
Hurricane season 2008 is well under way, and some electrical contractors may be working with customers on storm preparedness. In the past, the standard practice was to take chances with big storms and power outages. READ MORE