Susan M. Casey

Freelance Writer

Susan Casey, author of "Women Heroes of the American Revolution," "Kids Inventing! A Handbook for Young Inventors," and "Women Invent! Two Centuries of Discoveries that have Changed Our World," can be reached at scbooks@aol.com or www.susancaseybooks.com.

Articles by Susan M. Casey

  • Lakeview Amphitheater on the shore of Onondaga Lake seats 5,000 attendees in the pavilion and 12,500 on the lawn.
May 2016
On September 3, 2015, only days after construction was completed, a sold-out crowd of 17,500 people at the Lakeview Amphitheater on Onondaga Lake cheered as country music star Miranda Lambert took the stage. If the concert-goers had known the high stakes involved in bringing the amphitheater’s fast-track construction schedule in on time, they surely would have applauded the project team as well. READ MORE
  • Project challenges for Advent Systems included dealing with the sound reverberations caused by the diagonal lines and peaked center of the ceiling.
March 2016
Churches are designed to be places of worship. Pastors deliver sermons. Congregations pray, sing and clap. It’s a simple setting with a simple purpose. What can go wrong?
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December 2015
Lighting an iconic Ferris wheel is not an electrical contractor’s usual task. However, Briggs Electric Inc. of Tustin, Calif., faced such a challenge when the company took on the unusual project of the Giant Wheel at Irvine Spectrum Center.
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  • Yulman Stadium, Tulane University.  Managing the sound in Yulman Stadium included the addition of fill speakers below balcony seating, delay of sound on one side the stadium to synchronize it with sound from the other side and containment of sound within the stadium. Courtesy of Tulane University.
October 2015
The classic phrase, "one size fits all," is applicable in many situations. Not so, though, in sound and video installation. Each project is unique depending on the architecture of the space, the needs of the client in terms of distribution of the sound and the purpose of the video. READ MORE
  • Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall
September 2015
On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building. Its construction became a symbol of the city’s rebirth. Doors opened on Dec. 28, 1915, and it is now a National Historic Landmark.
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September 2015
San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 
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September 2015
Fun comes in all forms at the Annual Septemberfest every Labor Day weekend in Schaumburg, Ill. The festival features carnival rides; fireworks; pony rides; a Labor Day parade with bands; performances by school and Schaumburg Park District groups; national acts, such as Pat Benatar, Rick Springfield and The Family Stone; and jugglers and other strolling performers on the festival grounds. READ MORE
  • The fountains and walkways of the healing garden are illuminated by LEDs.
December 2014
In the healthcare-lighting arena, the improvements and increasing affordability of light-emitting diode (LED) products, along with advancements in lighting control technology, enable creative lighting designs that benefit patients and staff members. Studies show that natural light is critical to human function and can benefit patients and staff in healthcare settings.
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December 2014
Where are the growth areas? That’s a question many electrical contractors (ECs) ask themselves. This recent low-voltage project reflects current trends, such as increased demand for connectivity and for energy savings, and could well provide ECs across the country the motivation to pursue these opportunities. 
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