Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

January 2015
How do companies figure the cost of doing business? The answer is complicated for electrical contractors (ECs) to track and mitigate, as the environment most operate in has shifted from a few big construction jobs to a variety of contracts and providing a plethora of services. Managing the costs of a few large construction projects used to be front and center for ECs. READ MORE
December 2014
A limited number of low-voltage contractors specialize in the installation of sprinkler systems power and controls. For them, it provides a regular source of revenue that most contractors have bypassed. READ MORE
October 2014
Residential end-user expectation is fueling automation expansion not only in the homes of the wealthy but also in middle class developments where residents expect to be able to manage the operation of their homes with their cell phone or tablet. READ MORE
August 2014
When Prime Electric Inc. (Prime) signed on to the University of Washington’s Husky Stadium renovation project, it had challenges ahead—the leanest possible project, large and complex design/build structural elements, and a short turnaround that would ensure the Huskies football team and its fans had a new home in which to play within 21 short months.
August 2014
Most contractors and integrators leave the subsequent maintenance plan in the hands of the facility’s owners and managers once a building automation, fire alarm or other low-voltage-based system is in place. However, a few low-voltage electrical contractors (ECs) provide their own maintenance services, and the regular revenue stream from these jobs can make the effort well worth it. READ MORE
June 2014
The drive for networked building controls aimed at lowering energy costs and boosting efficiency is changing the market for providers. Business is growing as companies become installers and service providers in this industry. READ MORE
May 2014
After years of success in improving lineworker safety, the electrical industry’s work isn’t finished yet. In the past decade, the job of lineworkers—still considered the industry’s riskiest work—has become dramatically safer. READ MORE
April 2014
Economic improvement and rising demand for energy efficiency is boosting the market for structured cabling in building automation systems (BASs). Vendors and market analysts are preparing for large-scale growth. Integrated systems contractors can expect a surge in new installations and renovations consisting of low-voltage cabling to accommodate more bandwidth than ever. READ MORE
  • Chicago's historic Palmer House Hilton is the nation's longest continuously operating hotel.
February 2014
Renovations play a critical role in the long-term, strategic planning of single and chain hotel properties nationally. Upgrades and rebuilds not only extend the life of a hotel property, but they also can boost image, competitiveness and efficiency. More than other industries, most hospitality properties schedule a consistent cycle of improvement projects. READ MORE