Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

July 2008
Although more than 100 massive wind wind turbines now turn gently along the hills of upstate New York, erecting those towers required some unusual efforts from electricians. READ MORE
June 2008
Until May 2007, the town of Greensburg was a rural county seat in western Kansas with a dwindling economy. On May 4, a tornado bulldozed nearly every structure and took the lives of 11 people. The tornado, rated an EF5, had wind speeds of more than 200 mph and cut a damaging swath 1.7 miles wide. READ MORE
June 2008
Courtrooms are especially vulnerable to infrastructure loss. If the power goes out or communications cease, justice grinds to a halt. Add to that the pressure of increasingly complex systems and the difficult physical layouts of courthouses, and the challenges to courtroom managers are unlike any other. READ MORE
May 2008
When the World Trade Center towers came down in 2001, New York was left with few options for radio transmitter sites. After eyeing proposed sites in Bayonne, N.J., and Governor’s Island, the city began looking at increasing the capacity of existing radio towers in Manhattan. READ MORE
May 2008
Illicit drugs and alcohol are leading contributors to injuries and deaths on job sites, and the electrical construction industry is encouraging drug testing to head off this dangerous trend. The highest rates of drug use are found in the construction trades. READ MORE
April 2008
Two decades ago, a home automation installer usually could be described either as a hobbyist or an engineer with a penchant for designing complex systems for his or her own home. Few others could work with or expand these systems. For that reason, coupled with expense of the technology, the movement toward a fully automated home with integrated systems has been sporadic with long delays. READ MORE
April 2008
The growth of the elderly healthcare market has resulted in a boom in assisted living facilities offering the medical care elderly people need with unprecedented recreation and freedom of movement. The challenge for these facilities is to be more than a nursing home yet to provide the kind of medical care patients and their families require. READ MORE
April 2008
With a &555 million addition to Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, the western Pennsylvania community has more than just its own major pediatric facility. The hospital, part of the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center (UPMC), already was rated as one of the top 10 pediatric hospitals in the United States. 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