Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.610.7164 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

February 2005
According to the U.S. Census of Construction report, electrical contractors billed $9.7 billion worth of telecommunication work in 1997. Assuming the average 12 percent per year growth rate since 1997 holds steady, the information transport systems (ITS) or VDV market may be worth upward of $25 billion by 2005. READ MORE
January 2005
Cincinnati has always been a baseball town. In recent years, the city has focused on redeveloping its riverfront, including the area where the Reds baseball team and the NFL Bengals shared the old Riverfront stadium. READ MORE
December 2004
The site is part of Chicago history. Former retail giant Montgomery Ward's rise to greatness and eventual demise all took place at the company's former location on the western edge of downtown Chicago. READ MORE
November 2004
For the electrical contracting industry to remain strong, the next generation of leaders needs to be educated and cross-trained. Each firm, though, is unique and must develop cross-training and educational programs that meet its specific needs. Smaller firms, for example, may not require as extensive or formal a program as a much larger company. READ MORE
November 2004
Mandated by building codes such as the National Fire Protection Association's Life Safety Code and the National Electrical Code (NEC), emergency lighting systems and exit signs are used in every commercial and industrial setting throughout the country. READ MORE
October 2004
Go-to Team for Oregon Convention Center This lead electrical contractor goes with the flow to accomplish massive makeover and expansion of Portland facility Located in the city of Portland, the Oregon Convention Center recently underwent an expansion that doubled the size of the facility, providing an additional 450,000 square feet that consists of two floors of underground parking, eight ballroo READ MORE
September 2004
In the spring of 2003, Rob Finn, president of Service Electric Inc., Fort Wayne, Ind., and Marvin Foote, business manager of IBEW Local 305, noticed an industry publication that announced nearby Lutheran Hospital was requesting monetary donations to build a Children’s Hope Hospitality House (CHHH). READ MORE
June 2004
Are there jobs for you in the nuclear power market? According to the World Nuclear Association, a recent study determined that nuclear energy incurs about one-tenth of the financial cost of coal to produce electricity. And if the social and environmental costs of using fossil fuels to generate electricity are considered, then nuclear energy is an even more attractive option. READ MORE
June 2004
In March 2001, the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to a pre-qualified list of design-build general contractors to manage the construction project for a new federal penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind. The 598,000-square-foot U.S. Penitentiary II facility was designed to house 1,080 inmates on the same federal property where two other existing prisons are located. READ MORE