John Paul Quinn

Freelance Writer

John Paul Quinn reports on a broad range of business and industry issues for journals in the United States and Europe. He can be reached at 203.323.9850 and

Articles by John Paul Quinn

April 2009
For electrical contractors, the most interesting aspect of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 (the stimulus bill) is that, out of the $789 billion in available funding allocations, roughly 20 percent—or $150 billion—is earmarked for the kinds of work many contractors have been doing for years. READ MORE
April 2009
Years ago, when Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets, he said in amazement, “For these guys, every fly ball is a new adventure.” He might as well have been talking about building an integration team because every project of this kind requires a unique skill set and a custom cast of characters on the job. READ MORE
January 2009
Whether they like it or not, electrical contractors are becoming more involved in the completion of design plans and the specification of products than ever before. And this is not just a disciplinary exercise of assuming greater engineering responsibility. It impacts the bidding process, changes relationships on the job site, and, in worst-case scenarios, leads to costly litigation. READ MORE
September 2008
Even before the housing market went into its downturn, residential work was problematic for the electrical contractor. The complicating factors include work force competition issues, shifting patterns in the public’s housing choices and affordable income, and overly ambitious construction by general contractors who often have far too rosy speculation vision. READ MORE
August 2008
With the economy at best flat-lining, electrical contractors are facing the same challenge as every other type of business: finding projects to replace traditional jobs that have been stalled or put on ice indefinitely. READ MORE
July 2008
Perhaps one of the most critical—and least noticed—supporting roles in the nation’s ongoing defense effort against possible terrorist attacks is being played behind the scenes by the elec-trical contractors who install the security systems in and around our ports and adjacent transportation centers. READ MORE
June 2008
There is a special type of project—one that doesn’t come along every day—that requires the full-time presence and undivided attention of a permanent on-site project manager (PM). Electrical contractors who have done this sort of work agree that the key to success on this type of job is precisely matching the correct manager with the project. READ MORE
April 2008
The integrated building system (IBS) concept, sometimes known as building automation, has presented the designer and the electrical contractor with more complex challenges than traditional individual systems did. One of the more critical challenges is ensuring that the requisite power demands of the entire facility under construction are met. READ MORE
February 2008
If there is any major US city that is as knee-deep in history as it is in fairly regular hurricane-driven flood waters, it would have to be New Orleans, which makes it the logical place to find electrical contractors who know as much as there is to know about the fine points of historic renovation work. READ MORE