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
When Turner Construction and Cochran Electric Co. began the design phase of the new stadium for the Seattle Seahawks football team, the company had to go further down the field than it could possibly have predicted. For one thing, it was the late 1990s, and an economic boom was underway in Seattle, which was resulting in major downtown construction. READ MORE
May 2006
When a fire raged through St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Iron Mountain, Mich., in January 2003, it wasn’t the first time. In fact, the 75-year-old church had survived three fires before that. But many feared this blaze might be different. The insurance company was skeptical that the church could be saved; fire had burned through the altar and destroyed nearly half of the roof. READ MORE
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