Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas

Freelance Writer

Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas is a freelance writer who lives in central Pennsylvania.

Articles by Jennifer Leah Stong-Michas

June 2013
Data centers first appeared in the 1970s as mainframe computing environments. Their design is still evolving to best operate efficiently and reliably. The vast amount of information flowing in and out of a data center requires that all phases of design be viewed as a way to help ensure that the data center itself will function as needed. READ MORE
September 2012
The role of an estimator has evolved, yet it remains rooted in the principles that defined it. A 41-year estimating veteran helps illustrate the means by which estimating has shifted and how the measure of the estimator’s skills plays a key role. READ MORE
June 2012
Sometimes a hospital isn’t just a hospital. With their wealth of additional services beyond healthcare, one could reasonably argue that newer medical facilities are public places. In addition to serving the community’s medical needs, they serve social and civic needs. Butler (Pa.) Health System’s (BHS) Butler Memorial Hospital is a prime example of such a facility. READ MORE
June 2012
To get an idea of how estimators operate, we continue last month’s discussion with H. Tom Browning, vice president, preconstruction of The Truland Group Inc., about how estimating work continues to develop and change. How has your business changed over the past 5 years?The economy and technology have driven the most significant changes to the estimating process. READ MORE
May 2012
Every contractor runs projects in a slightly different manner. The Truland Group Inc. has a high project base and large portfolio. Talking with H. Tom Browning, vice president, Preconstruction, about how business has evolved sheds light on the challenges, tasks and goals that define the estimator’s role in today’s contracting world. READ MORE
April 2012
The challenges associated with electrical contracting are great and varied. Of course, estimating is one of the most crucial aspects of the process. It requires close attention to detail, an ability to analyze drawings and specs, and the need to be up-to-date on new materials, job-costing methods and even estimating software. READ MORE
February 2012
As businesses become increasingly dependent on electrical and low-voltage systems for both building and business operations, it becomes more important that those systems remain operational and accessible at all times. This need is at the top of the list of facility concerns because downtime can cost a lot of money. READ MORE
November 2011
Large-scale, highly visible projects come along every so often for contractors. Though each contract and project is unique and important in its own right, certain ones rise to the top of a portfolio. READ MORE
December 2010
Data centers serve as the brains and backbones of commercial business operations because they house the main networking components and additional information technology (IT) infrastructure elements, such as storage, servers and racks. Data centers can range from stand-alone facilities to computer rooms using modified office areas. READ MORE