William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

  • Jason Glover of Thompson Electric explains how the controls work for a city water system.
November 2017
How early is too early to get youth interested in a career in electrical contracting? According to management at Thompson Electric Co. (Sioux City, Iowa), fifth grade may not be too early. READ MORE
November 2017
Last week, Dodge Data & Analytics released its "2018 Dodge Construction Outlook" report, predicting total U.S. construction starts will climb 3 percent in 2018 to $765 billion. READ MORE
  • Image courtesy of Community First! Village
November 2017
It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First! Village, a "tiny house" community in Austin, Texas, that provides permanent and affordable ($225 rent per month) housing for chronically homeless people. READ MORE
November 2017
Bill Gates and his investment firm have just invested $80 million to build a "smart city" in Arizona. The project is being funded through Gates' investment firm, Kirkland, Wash.-based Cascade Investment LLC, which owns Belmont Partners, an Arizona-based real estate investment group that will lead the project. READ MORE
October 2017
BW Systems is a systems integrator capable of providing turnkey solutions anywhere in the United States. Based in Colorado with 38 employees, it provides assessment, systems engineering and design, installation, and maintenance. Launched in 1979 by Bob Wells as BW Electric Inc., the company operates out of offices in Colorado Springs and Longmont, Colo.
  • For the first time in its 15-year history, snow fell on the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2017. The Netherlands team decorated its Selficient competition house with a snowman.
October 2017
Since 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has hosted eight "Solar Decathlons." The most recent one, held in Denver over the course of nine days, ended last week. READ MORE
  • Images courtesy Andy Naggy
September 2017
While generators have always been a necessity for most job-site work, such may not the case anymore, thanks to a brilliant idea by Andy Naggy, a general foreman for VEC Inc. (Girard, Ohio). His idea? A solar-powered job-site trailer. READ MORE
September 2017
A slowly growing trend may have just reached critical mass. READ MORE
  • Bayview Bridge - Courtesy of Falls Communication
September 2017
From Quincy, Illinois, the Bayview Bridge carries westbound U.S. Highway 24 traffic over the Mississippi River, connecting to West Quincy, Missouri. The 4,507-foot bridge runs parallel to the Quincy Soldier's Memorial Bridge, which takes eastbound U.S. 24 traffic over the river into Quincy. READ MORE