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Thursday, August 21st, 2014 11:30 AM - Kat Pephens, Owner of Books Balanced and Beyond will present on the timely financial topic of company budgeting.  Why should you create a budget each year and what’s the best way to approach it?  Kat will share the benefits of using a utilization-based budget process to forecast net profitability. Read more...



Project Site: San Diego Central Library
SDA Member firm, Rob Wellington Quigley Architects teamed with Tucker Sadler Architects to design the long-awaited New Central Library. SDA San Diego hosted a tour of the almost completed library on March 14th, 2013. The tour was presented by members of the construction team, Turner Construction. The new San Diego Central Library, designed for LEED Silver certification, is a nine-story archive of flexible space replete with public amenities. Topping the structure is a great, airy, reading room shaded by a latticework dome. Bay view terraces, roof gardens, an auditorium, a café, and a regional art gallery also invite the public in. The groundbreaking ceremony was held on July 28, 2010. The New Central Library is scheduled to open in 2013.

For more information on this great project, see Quigley’s site, as well as the main library informational website:

Who is SDA?

For over 50 years, the Society for Design Administration (SDA), an affiliate of The American Institute of Architects, has promoted education and “best practices” in management and professional standards of design firm administrative personnel. SDA Membership stretches across the United States and Canada and is comprised of personnel in the design profession, including architecture, engineering, construction, landscape and interior design. View a list of current members.

What is SDA?

SDA enhances the professional development and personal growth of its members, and consequently the development and growth of their respective companies. To accomplish this, SDA provides a host of networking opportunities, as well as educational resources in the areas of: Finance, Human Resources, Information Technology, Marketing, Office Administration, and Project Management.

California Court Allows Searches

According to a federal court of appeal, employees have very limited expectations of privacy in their private -- even locked -- workplaces. In a divided opinion, the court held that law enforcement agencies may search employee workspaces merely upon receiving consent of an officer of the company -- not of the employee himself. Additionally, a policy in an employee manual stating that employee computers are subject to monitoring may be sufficient to permit entry into an employee's office to copy a hard drive for use in a criminal prosecution. U.S. v. Ziegler 2007

What is Canstruction?

Canstruction is an international charity of the design and construction industry created by the Society for Design Administration. Architects and Engineers in cities across the country compete in a design-build competition to create giant works of sculptural art, made entirely out of canned and packaged foods. Canstruction provides the opportunity for the design industry to become involved in a pressing social issue, while their creativity involves them in a national competition that brings recognition, offers team bonding opportunities, and instills a sense of pride knowing "one can" really make a difference. We hope that every A/E firm in San Diego will find a way to become involved in such a worthy cause!