Class Syllabus – 1966 Fall Studio

September 19, 1966

This document, prepared by Professor Robert McConnell, gave a clear beginning to the students’ semester work. It allowed the students’ to be very productive in the 8 week project and produce a high quality product that could be presented to the public.

Source Credit Professor Robert McConnell


Initial Presentation of Rio Salado Project Concept

March 9, 1967

  • Rio Salado Project presentation boards on display at ASU's Memorial Union.

The initial public presentation of the Rio Salado Project took place on March 9., 1967 in the ASU Memorial Union.

Students with Rio Salado Presentation Boards: Standing is Jim Scalise, kneeling next to him is Bill Close, and next is Bill Diehl. The presentation boards show the overall master plan, plus the overall topographical model of the 40 mile proposed development concept.

Source Credit ASU Archives


1969 Scottsdale Conference Releases Rio Salado III Report

November 7, 1969

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This Rio Salado III report was presented to about 100 civic and municipal leaders at a conference in Scottsdale.  Organized and chaired by Dean James Elmore, the day long conference presented new and more detailed elaborations of the Rio Salado Project. This, the benefit of the further studies made by the succeeding classes of the ASU architecture students. An Arizona Republic editorial which reported on the conference stated, “Last week’s conference voted to transfer the development of the Rio Salado Project to the Valley Forward, which has succeeded Valley Beautiful.  A catalyst, intended to bring the Valley’s resources to bear on such problems,Valley Forward is the right agency for this job. ASU’s College of Architecture has developed a brilliant idea; Valley forward should move ahead with it.”

Source Credit ASU Archives


Valley Forward funds Feasibility Study

May 1, 1971

Valley Forward turned over $34,000 to the Maricopa Assoication of Governments (MAAG) for a study of the feasibility of building the Rio Salado. The study is being done by the California firm of Daniel, Mann, johnson and Mendenhall.


Rio Salado Symposium – 1995

November 13, 1995

This publication documents a symposium “Rio Salado -Retrospect and Prospect” that was conducted on 13 October 1995.

Source Credit AZ Board of Regents, ASU College of Architecture and Environmental Design, Herberger Center for Design Excellence


Ground Breaking — Program

August 8, 1997

The program of events for the August 8, 1997 ground breaking listing speakers, City officials and staff,  members of the Rio Salado Advisory Commission and Sponsors/Donors.

Source Credit City of Tempe


Class of ’67 50 Year Reunion

March 8, 2017

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Dedicating the Elmore Bridge

March 18, 2017

View the video here.

Source Credit ASU Digital Repository