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

December 2004
Looking at the growth and changes in banking security, few industry watchers can pinpoint what direction technology is headed. Most banks have changed their security systems very little in the past few decades and much of the growth you do see in bank security installations is in new construction of additional branches. READ MORE
December 2004
When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold. They wanted a building that would reflect their outlook as they faced the 21st century, just as many of their older buildings had facing the 20th. This building had to be unique and memorable. READ MORE
December 2004
Traditionally, residential wiring was the easiest, most straightforward work an electrician could find. But with the demand for “smart” home structured wiring, that tradition is changing. Electrical contractors, as well as the IBEW, face a looming decision: should they adapt to this swelling industry? READ MORE
November 2004
When four hurricanes pounded into the Southeast during August and September 2004, Florida had a tangle of wires, broken buildings and millions of people without power. For electrical contractors in the Sunshine State, that meant a double whammy. While many people lost their own power and suffered damaged property, they had to focus their attention on the power crisis around them. READ MORE
November 2004
When the Rome Braves play ball at home and the games stretch into nightfall, the lights are turned on-lights that rival those in the major leagues. That is a matter of some pride for Atlanta electrical contractor Allison-Smith, which provided not only the lighting but also the sound system for a unique riverside field. READ MORE
October 2004
Theatrical lights celebrate the holidays on major bridges When the crew members of Carr & Duff, Inc., celebrated the Fourth of July four years ago, they converged on the banks of the Delaware. From there, they had a view of their latest accomplishment, a theatrical light show on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. READ MORE
October 2004
Chicago’s Inland Electric grows through acquisition, partnerships, service How does a 23-year-old company grow in a residential market from a “mom-and-pop” company to the largest residential contractor in the Chicago area? READ MORE
September 2004
Line-construction contractors can do their best to train the management, offer safety training and equipment and trust the foremen who are appointed to a job, but it is an inherently dangerous business. READ MORE
August 2004
While CAD drafting systems are an increasing part of the building process, many electrical contractors face choices between investing in CAD, or a raster system with software links to CAD, or watching the process from the sidelines. READ MORE

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