Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

May 2006
It may have been one of the fastest jobs Mutual Electric, the retail division of E-J Electric Installation Co., has ever done. In less than two weeks, the New York electrical contractor helped convert One Times Square from an empty building to a JCPenney virtual store with plasma TVs, disc jockeys, Internet kiosks and runway models. E-J Electric has done some high-pressure construction before. READ MORE
April 2006
For electrical contractors in Louisiana and Mississippi, there is not much of a line between work and home. After all, when Hurricane Katrina destroyed houses and offices across both states, many had to take their work home and even more had to bring their homes to work. READ MORE
March 2006
When Gina Addeo goes to work, she enters a man’s world. While more women are entering the electrical industry, few pioneers like Gina have blazed trails for them. For her, it is not a matter of breaking into a boys club—it is a family affair. After all, a good percentage of electrical contractors follow in their father’s footsteps. READ MORE
February 2006
If light emitting diode (LED) technology continues to drop in price and improve in quality, it will become standard for many applications within the year. Like most new technologies, the hype might outweigh the reality, but in this case, according to Nadarajah Narendran, director of research for lighting at Rensselaer University, the hype might be appropriate. READ MORE
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
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