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

October 2006
KNOWLEDGABLE CONTRACTORS HAVE AN ADVANTAGE: training has given them the leg up for decades. But as technology changes and the needs of end-users evolve with it, ensuring your electricians can provide the best quality work is more difficult. Skilled training requires more effort than it used to. READ MORE
October 2006
Adams, Berwick Join for Hospital Addition One of the largest construction projects in the city of Pueblo, Colo., the four-story tower and cancer unit measures 220,000 square feet. Connecting them is the Healing Garden for use by cancer patients. The electrical contract was approximately $7 million, but the overall cost was $59 million. Construction began in 2003 with St. Mary-Corwin’s bed tower. READ MORE
September 2006
ONE YEAR AFTER HURRICANE KATRINA STRUCK, the landscape of New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast may be permanently altered. The damage caused by severe flooding and catastrophic winds has made the rebuilding process very difficult. “Mississippi was wiped clean by the winds,” said one New Orleans contractor. READ MORE
September 2006
Across the United States—Cities See Their Span in Lights LIGHT EMITTING DIODE (LED) ILLUMINATION offers a host of advantages to port authorities, cities and counties with large bridges. LEDs use less power than traditional lamps, rarely need to be replaced, and provide unlimited options for color and color combinations. READ MORE
September 2006
Nanoscience stands poised to change electrical work   READ MORE
September 2006
Power Services and Natelco modernize private school with the environment in mind MEMBERS OF THE SIDWELL FRIENDS SCHOOL COMMUNITY feel a responsibility to the earth. They wanted embrace this Quaker value within their private, Washington, D.C.-area facility, which has educated high-profile students, including children of presidents and ambassadors. READ MORE
August 2006
Apprentices entering the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC) Local 26 in Lanham, Md., will be enrolling in the best kind of training available, according to JATC officers there. The new facility—which replaces the current International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) offices and JATC classrooms in Washington, D.C.—is one of the finest in the country. READ MORE
August 2006
Imagine an electrical contractor meeting a homebuyer at the builder’s sales office. The contractor walks through the plans for the new house and asks the homeowner for a description of his lifestyle, the way he wants to use his home, what he expects it to be able to do. READ MORE
July 2006
After four hurricanes passed through Florida in 2004, leaving a tangle of downed power lines and outages, the most reliable power source proved to be solar. When Katrina wreaked havoc in Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, solar may have been the quickest and most reliable way to restore power to the homes and businesses almost immediately after the storm. READ MORE

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