Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
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
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
September 2005
Unusual circumstances affected the planning for the new Omaha JATC facility. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22 and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Nebraska chapter shared a building and were looking for more space together. They wanted a focus on partnership, something they have maintained for decades. READ MORE
July 2005
During the Northeast blackout in 2003, some facilities could not afford the loss of power. One was Salem Community Hospital in Salem, Ohio, which barely maintained its power using generators. The growing healthcare facility had already been looking for options to improve its power generation and make room for expansion. READ MORE
June 2005
Ken Mastrullo is having a busy year. Between February and June 2005, the NFPA 70E senior electrical specialist traveled to 15 different sites in the United States and Canada to educate groups about the standard that is defining electrical safety. READ MORE
June 2005
In the heart of Detroit, surrounded by erosion and boarded-up businesses, a major construction project is nearing completion. READ MORE
March 2005
Twenty-five years ago, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) first prepared a set of standards to ensure electrical workers were safe on their jobs. So why has this standard-known as the NFPA 70e-suddenly become such a big deal? While the standard has been around since 1979, it has been revised several times. READ MORE
February 2005
A house is no longer just a place to live. People now have different views of what a house should do for them and what should be contained within. Some only want a phone line and one personal computer in their new or renovated home. But these simple desires are changing and getting more complex as technological possibilities grow. READ MORE