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.
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  • 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
September 2017
Prior to 2017, the United States had never experienced two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma occurred within just two weeks of each other. READ MORE
September 2017
A new Department of Energy (DOE) initiative is paving the way to ensure that more and more K–12 schools built in the United States are zero energy. READ MORE
September 2017
The second annual Energy Efficiency Day will take place October 5. This year's theme is, "Save energy. Save money." READ MORE

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