Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

February 2006
Two centuries after it was founded, electrical contractors are working to keep the Washington Navy Yard secure and functional while preserving the history that surrounds it. Construction and renovation have been part of the Washington Navy Yard for most of its history. But building projects here are far from typical. The very history makes building here a unique challenge. READ MORE
January 2006
Software vendors once bemoaned the fact that contractors were comfortable being “behind the times” when it came to technology. But in just a few years, electrical contractors have come to the forefront by using technology that makes their construction work faster and more accurate from bidding to billing. Moreover, vendors are listening to contractors’ needs. READ MORE
December 2005
Two trends are converging for electrical contractors that offer lucrative opportunities—building owners are increasingly investing in intelligent building technology while, on the other hand, they are contracting out for building maintenance once done by company employees. That second trend can be an opportunity for electrical contractors. READ MORE
November 2005
As the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 70E standard takes root in electrical practices, getting the right training to the right people has become the greatest hurdle in changing the way electricians do their job. READ MORE
November 2005
Across the East River from Manhattan, construction workers are erecting two separate power plants intended to help solve the city's power problems. One contractor has been constructing the electrical systems for the NYPA 500 MW and the Astoria Energy 500 MW power plants in Astoria, Queens. READ MORE
November 2005
Antioch Community High School might seem just like any other American school. It has the typical heating system, lighting and amenities, including a heated swimming pool. But the unobtrusive power station in the school parking lot tells another story. Antioch Community High School, District 117 in Illinois, is the first American public school powered in part by landfill gases. READ MORE
October 2005
When NECA Gulf Coast chapter manager Tracy Landers took his first tour of his chapter’s contractors in the Biloxi, Miss., area, he was prepared for the worst. After Hurricane Katrina devastated the Mississippi Gulf Coast and New Orleans area in August, it took several weeks before Landers was able to travel some of the roads leading to the chapter’s contractors. READ MORE
October 2005
Drive past hospitals at night and you are sure to see lights glowing in many windows. But as hospital mangers seek advanced lighting technology to reduce energy consumption, that glow is changing. Healthcare facilities want more from their lighting these days. The most crucial concern has been patient safety—hospitals need to have the right light in the right place and ensure it never goes out. READ MORE
September 2005
In 1901, all eyes were on Buffalo, N.Y., when the city hosted the Pan-American Exposition. At this meeting, 49 electrical contractors from eight states formed the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA). Buffalo, known as the “City of Lights,” was, at that time, the country’s most electrified city, thanks to Niagara Falls’ hydropower. READ MORE