Susan M. Casey

Freelance Writer

Susan Casey, author of "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

January 2006
Daylighting and energy-efficient products are just two of today’s trends in the commerical lighting market. These are being driven by several forces, including restrictive energy regulation and research by institutions and companies. The most pervasive force—advances in technology—is making all the other changes possible. Many of the trends started in response to energy restrictions. READ MORE
November 2005
In today's market, many electrical contractors choose design-build as their project delivery method, and they have solid reasons for doing so. “Essentially you separate yourself from your competition,” said Jim Mackey, president of Evergreen Power Systems, Seattle. “Professionally, it's more satisfying because as an electrical contractor, you have another aspect to your business. READ MORE
September 2005
If you want to learn about lighting design, opportunities are plentiful and easily accessible. With the increasing demand for energy efficiency, organizations and companies focused on lighting and lighting products are offering tutorials, seminars and workshops open to electrical contractors and others. Many of the programs offer continuing education credits. READ MORE
September 2005
Home of the NCAA Division I football and basketball Orangemen and the country’s fifth-largest indoor stadium, Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome has been a pressing concern for school officials for several years. The concern comes with good reason. The 51,000-seat dome, built in 1980, needed a electrical overhaul. READ MORE
August 2005
“We’ve always done design-build. Everybody’s done it. A customer calls you up and says, ‘We want to do this.’ They are usually doing remodels. That’s how it starts. Now we do complete projects, out of the ground. It’s a lucrative, competitive priced method that is fair to all,” said Jeffrey L. Withers, Stockton branch manager, Collins Electric Co. READ MORE
June 2005
The electrical contracting industry's focus is shifting and expanding rapidly. Design-build jobs are making up a greater portion of industry projects and more electrical contractors are working in the installation of information transport systems (ITS). But how do these segments of the industry interact, if at all? READ MORE
February 2005
Cities on the East Coast have a tremendous sway over developers. It is a lot more difficult to get approval to build a 30-story building than to renovate an existing 10-story one,” said Glenn Kingsbury, manager, NECA's Boston Chapter. “You are constrained, which gives renovation a push.” That's the good news. The bad news is that business is down and it's the same story across the country. READ MORE
January 2005
On three faces of the new downtown Los Angeles headquarters of the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), 2,000 innovative outdoor metal panel scrim louvers open and close in vertical banks. READ MORE
September 2004
Petco Park was one of the most challenging and demanding projects we have worked on. The size and logistics of this job were enormous, and when combined with the structural uniqueness of a new ballpark, it took a huge effort on behalf of our project team to bring this job home. We take enormous pride in building this stadium,” Robert E. READ MORE