MLK Apartments

Lloyd Construction partnered with the City of Tucson to construct this green, urban revitalization project for the City of Tucson. It includes a six-story tower with 68 housing units for the elderly and disabled, grade-level commercial space and courtyard, plus a two-level below-grade garage. The project required extensive coordination as it was adjacent to a concurrent remodel of the former MLK Apartments and the concurrent Fourth Avenue Underpass project and Ronstadt Transit Center. On-site amenities include a general store, a rooftop garden, tenant counselor, medical aide, computer room, library, and community gathering area.

The project fronts a major public plaza and transit hub, the renovated Ronstadt Transit Center (a previously completed City of Tucson/Lloyd project), and thus promotes pedestrian activity and use of mass transit. Covered bicycle racks are provided, as is preferred parking for low-emitting and fuel-efficient vehicles. As parking is underground, the urban heat island effect is reduced and landscaping at street level is maximized. Mechanical systems and lighting provide residents a high degree of control over their indoor environment and comfort. Weatherstripping and tight construction give each unit protection from airborne substances. The project’s high indoor environmental quality, plus its many energy and resource-saving strategies, add up to a LEED® Silver Level Certification.

Project Owner: City of Tucson
Project Architect: Nelsen Partners Architects & Planners
LEED Info: MLK Apartments

“I am writing to provide an owner’s perspective on Lloyd Construction Company, Inc. I have been working with the owners and staff from Lloyd Construction Company for over three years and during that time Lloyd’s staff has continued to impress me. Lloyd’s staff has a common-sense approach to construction. Lloyd Construction Company’s personnel interact with us and others, including subcontractors, very fairly and ethically. Lloyd Construction Company has always completed and performed their work in a highly professional manner.

Our recent contracts have included the construction of a police substation, a police evidence facility, an underground parking garage, and a six-story residential apartment building (MLK Apartments). All of these contracts were performed using construction manager at-risk contracts.”

—Vinnie Hunt, PE,
Administrator, Architecture and Engineering
City of Tucson