Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
January 2005
The intention is for local chapters and their unions to use the initiative, which was recently affirmed by the NECA Board of Governors, as a template in establishing their own drug testing policies. This initiative is well received in most chapters, but putting it to work will be a task that varies across the United States. READ MORE
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