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 2004
When the California Department of Education decided to build a new, state-of-the-art headquarters building in Sacramento, it issued a Request For Proposals (RFP), complete with an initial design. This 397,000-square-foot, six-story project, which was worth a total of $68.8 million, also included an underground parking facility and a daycare center. READ MORE
January 2004
Founded in 1939 in Cincinnati as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to exhibiting the art of the times. The Center is a noncollecting institution that focuses on new developments in painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and performance art and new media. READ MORE
December 2003
In 2001, PFPC Inc., a leading provider of processing, technology and business solutions to the global investment industry and a member of the PNC Financial Services Group Inc., decided to expand its operations by adding a four-story, 116,000-square-foot worldwide headquarters building to its existing three-building office complex in Wilmington, Del. READ MORE
December 2003
Federal Express has built its success on understanding that its customers require that their packages be delivered on time and to the right location. As part of its dedication to customer service, the company recently built a 270,000-square-foot Custom Critical Division Call Center and corporate headquarters in Uniontown, Ohio. READ MORE
November 2003
Market estimates of annual sales for the outdoor commercial lighting segment range from $875 million to $2 billion, including street and bridge lighting. The desire for expanded security and the development of new lighting technologies offer electrical contractors an opportunity to gain an increased share of this large market. READ MORE
October 2003
It certainly is not easy being a retailer today. There are so many different fronts to cover. From keeping customers happy to competing efficiently and seeing to security and management functions, the tasks at hand can seem overwhelming at times. Security is always an issue. READ MORE
September 2003
The Mid-Hudson Bridge spans the Hudson River from Poughkeepsie to Highland, N.Y., and officially opened in August 1930. The two-mile-long suspension bridge has had various upgrades made to it over the years, and in 2001, the New York State Bridge Authority (NYBA) issued its Request for Proposal (RFP) to install “necklace lighting” designed to accentuate the suspension cables at night. READ MORE
September 2003
Just outside of Rochester, N.Y., one of the oldest road salt mines in the world was flooded in the mid 1990s, and the owner eventually decided to close down the operation. Dedicated to returning mining to the area, a local businessman, and third-generation miner, formed American Rock Salt, LLC (ARSCo). READ MORE
September 2003
Located in St. Petersburg, Fla., the Pinellas County Resource Recovery Facility (PCRRF) is a refuse-to-energy plant that is operated and maintained by Wheelabrator Pinellas Inc. In 2001, Pinellas County and Wheelabrator Pinellas (WPI) embarked on an ambitious three-year series of modifications designed to dramatically improve the plant’s operating efficiencies. Olson Electric Co. READ MORE