Last week we visited San Diego’s New Central Library which is currently under construction downtown. It is a magnificent structure — the dome is remarkable in both design and execution.

They took us up in an elevator to examine all 10 floors of the building and I was quite impressed. The new building will double the amount of library space available, from about 144,000 square feet to 294,000 square feet, with the number of computers available to the public increasing from 84 to 407, and the number of seats from 409 to 1,200.

The project is progressing well, and the building is scheduled to open in July 2013. Betty and I have made a donation to support the New Central Library, and we look forward to seeing the finished result a year from now.

I have included a couple of photos from our visit to the New Central Library, including one where I am reviewing the plans with the building’s architect, Rob Quigley who is wearing a red hardhat on my right, and the Library Foundation CEO Jay Hill who is wearing a white hardhat on my left. In another photo, Rob Quigley and I are discussing the dome’s unique design and engineering challenges.

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Please continue to send me updates to our SAIC alumni chart (PDF) for the upcoming new edition of The SAIC Solution. I am certain that many new companies have been started up by SAIC alumni in the time since we created the original chart a number of years ago. I don’t want to leave anyone out if I can help it.

– Bob

8 Responses to “San Diego Central Library and SAIC Alumni Chart Updates”

  1. 1 Paul Kouris

    “To those who know the value of books a library is a holy place.”
    James Joyce

  2. 2 Megan

    Dr. Beyster, Thank you for visiting and investing in the New Central Library downtown. If you and your readers have questions about the Library project there is a lot of information at including a video by architect, Rob Quigley. The Library is currently seeing a record high use and we are thrilled that additional hours and the New Central Library will better serve the public.

  3. 3 Welson Jacometti

    Dear Dr. Beyster,

    Once in a while, I’m coming back to read about SAIC, about its timeline and now about your blog. I’m happy to follow-up about your activities.

    I feel compelled to write you on behalf of myself, my family and the company I have founded based on the pure and strong concepts of the employee-ownership program I first heard about on a corporate meeting in Boston, 1997. Unfortunately, I don’t remember the name of SAIC’s executive I met that told me about SAIC, but I do remember how precious the reading of SAIC’s Timeline was for me.

    I was then 30 years old. Three years later, I have started a company called CAS (portuguese version of S.A.C.) and now, 12 years later, we have reached 200 employees, 89 of those shareholders of the company.

    During the preparation stages, we have used FED material to understand details of the employee-ownership structure and we have, as well, benefited from many of the hints of both FED’s material and SAIC timeline.

    We have had a good example to follow.

    It is never enough to thank you for your initiative to share information that are valuable to entrepreneurs as well as to inspire people.


    Welson R. Jacometti
    CEO – CAS Tecnologia S/A

  4. 4 Jay Hill

    Hi Dr. B,

    It was great seeing you at the New Central Library tour. Thank you for your and your family’s inspiring support! I thought your readers might be excited to learn about the major role technology will play in the New Central Library to help meet San Diegans’ employment, educational, cultural and community needs. Special technology will turn the Library into a wireless hot spot to support the Library’s computers, as well as tablets for check out and personal laptops. The New Central Library will also have a technology training center, educational gaming room for teens, mobile educational apps and much more! This technology and other resources in the new Library will go far in helping inspire future scientists and engineers. More on this can be found here: Thank you again!

  5. 5 Dr. Beyster

    Welson: Good to hear from you and to find out that the FED materials you reviewed were of use to you. There are so few people in business who are making a serious effort to adopt employee ownership that it’s refreshing to hear from someone who is making it work successfully. I hope you will continue to post on this blog. I would like to keep track of your progress. — Bob

  6. 6 Dr. Beyster

    Paul: I haven’t seen you in a while. You need to go sailing with us soon. You should see my study — it’s full of books. Probably not as many as you have, however. — Bob

  7. 7 Dr. Beyster

    Megan: Thank you for your post on my blog. I enjoyed visiting the New Central Library site, and meeting with Turner Construction. I look forward to monitoring your progress. — Bob

  8. 8 Dr. Beyster

    Jay: Thank you for your post. Several of us got a guided tour of the New Central Library and I was quite impressed. We are happy to help support it. — Bob

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