Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
August 2007
The Indianapolis Midfield Airport is a prime example of how well joint ventures can work. And, as a post-9/11 airport project, security considerations abound for the contractors serving the project. When it is finished in 2008, the new construction, sandwiched between two parallel runways, will replace the original airport built in 1957. READ MORE
August 2007
To fully appreciate the new Tampa Bay Buccaneer’s training facility in western Florida, you have to consider where the NFL team came from. Before moving into the new facility—built by Hunt Construction Group with electric design/build services by A&A Electric Services Inc., Tampa, Fla.—the team spent its days in aging trailers near Tampa International Airport. READ MORE
August 2007
As security technology gears up to meet growing demand in public places, those in the industry face the opportunity to keep up or risk falling quickly behind. Mark Visbal, director of research and technology for the Security Industry Association (SIA), Alexandria, Va., sees the security industry as a surfer, just cresting a giant wave. READ MORE
July 2007
Radio frequency identification (RFID) technology has been sending data through radio signals as long as many electrical contractors have been in business. For the past 35 years, these chips have stored data. Antennas have sent that information through radio signals to a receiver for purposes such as highway toll collection and asset tracking. READ MORE
July 2007
At wastewater treatment facilities, microturbines are turning the gases emitted by waste into electricity. Dairy farms are powering their own facilities with methane gas from cattle waste. Such microturbine uses get the most attention, but they have little to do with commonplace construction or the power supply at industrial, commercial or residential sites. READ MORE
June 2007
When it comes to historic renovations, a good electrical contractor brings voice/data/video (VDV) access to a facility as if it had always been there. It is not so easy in a building designed more than a century ago with no power at all. But Ostrow Electric Co. Inc., Worcester, Mass., did just that at the historic John Adams Courthouse in downtown Boston. READ MORE