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 or

Articles by Susan M. Casey

June 2011
“The first and most important part of a LEED project, or any project, is having a strong team working to achieve the goal. We were lucky to work on a project where the owner, Shearer’s Foods, was dedicated to achieve a Gold-level LEED certification,” said Richard W. READ MORE
December 2010
Since the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao opened in the Spanish city in 1997, crowds of tourists have flocked there. Most say they come to see the museum, hailed as the most important structure of its time. And many stay to shop and eat, generating millions in revenue for the town. Could a museum designed by a top architecture firm bring throngs to any city? READ MORE
December 2010
Santa Monica Place is one of the few shopping centers to open in the United States during 2010. And it’s quite a place! Does your local shopping mall have ocean and mountain views from rooftop restaurants and patio areas? Or valet parking? Or seating areas with designer chairs? READ MORE
October 2010
The final piece of LA Live is in place with the opening of the 54-story combined JW Marriott and Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, hotels and Ritz-Carlton Residences, which is the first skyscraper built in downtown Los Angeles in two decades. READ MORE
August 2010
Downtown Los Angeles is coming to life! Five years ago, the area that is now LA Live was a parking lot for visitors to the Los Angeles Convention Center or the Staples Center, home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks. Today, the area is a 27-acre entertainment complex with 5.6 million square feet of restaurants, bars, movie theaters, the Grammy Museum and the Nokia Theatre. READ MORE
July 2010
Only eight weeks after having undergone heart surgery, comedian Robin Williams was a guest on “The Late Show with David Letterman” in May 2009. Chatting with Letterman about his surgery, he pulled a piece of paper out of his coat pocket, and said, “A lot of people have thanked people for the Academy Awards... . I also want to thank my doctors.” The list included cardiothoracic surgeon Dr. READ MORE
December 2009
When the Victorian-style stone buildings of the Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum opened in 1903, the Pacific Commercial Advertiser newspaper dubbed them “the noblest buildings of Honolulu.” Philanthropist Charles Reed Bishop built the museum in memory of and to house the family heirlooms of his deceased wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last legal heir of the Kamehameha Dynasty. READ MORE
April 2009
E J Weber Co Inc, a San Francisco company, has completed more than 800 projects over the last 25 years at the University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF), one of the nation’s top 10 hospitals, according to U.S. News & World Report. Yet, like many electrical contractors, Weber is not a large national company, and it’s not the company’s aim to become one. READ MORE
December 2008
“In hospitality and restaurant projects and bars, the lighting is key,” said Robert Fagnant, LEED AP, lighting designer, Randall Lamb Associates, La Mesa, Calif. “It’s what attracts people to places at night. The architecture can be good, but if you don’t have good lighting, it’s not going to have the right mood. It’s not going to attract patrons.” READ MORE