The Story So Far

THE BEGINNING

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1943

Holden St Building 1943

1943

Box&Co had its humble beginnings in 1943, when Joseph Stanley Box, aka Joe, formed J.S. Box & Co Pty Ltd. Prior to starting the business, Joe completed his apprenticeship in cabinet-making, and gained valuable experience by working for the Civil Construction Corps during early war-time

It was Joe Box’s lifelong ambition to own his own building company – a dream that was realised with the birth of J.S. Box & Co in 1943.

1956

1958

1956

Joe Box enters the commercial construction market with the completion of Scots College Assembly Hall in Warwick – the first of many important public building projects for Box&Co in Queensland.

1958

Work’s completed on the brand-new Strains Pharmacy.

1960

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1960

In the early 1960s Geoff – Joe’s eldest son – joins J.S. Box & Co, before starting to manage the company in the late 1960s.

1965

J.S. Box & Co complete the build of the Elders building – an iconic and high-profile build.

1967

The projects undertaken by J.S. Box & Co at this time are many and varied, with complex projects becoming a specialty. An example of this is the MBF Building, where J.S. Box & Co is contracted to add three floors to the existing structure.

1968

Geoff Box becomes manager of J.S. Box & Co, and is supported by Joseph Box Jnr as office manager and Ron Glinderman as construction manager.

1977

1978

1977

In 1977, Joe Box is awarded the Queen’s Silver Jubilee Medal – on recommendation from State and Federal Government – for outstanding service to industry and community, as acknowledgement of Joe’s contribution to the construction industry.

1978

Joe enters semi-retirement and G&J Box Pty Ltd is formed. Joe stays involved in G&J Box until his full retirement in the mid ’80s.

1980

1981

1980

G&J Box continues to build projects of a complex nature and undertake projects that involve a significant carpentry component. Examples include the refurbishment of ‘Moorlands’ – the historic mansion on Coronation Drive where the use of traditional materials and workmanship is necessary to ensure a quality outcome.

1981

In 1981, successful completion of the David Norton Research Centre at Indooroopilly requires the application of traditional carpentry and adherence to proper building practice. This particular project becomes a benchmark for building excellence within the industry.

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1992

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1991

TRADAC Award – for the best use of timber.

1992

AIB Professional Excellence Award – for the construction of the 1.8m multi-purpose learning centre at Loreto College.

1997

G&J Box completes the build of All Hallows School – Queensland’s oldest secondary school.

1998

QMBA Award – for the Pacific Eye Centre.

2006

2007

2008

2009

2006

Jeremy and Simon Box, who have been establishing their own careers in the construction industry, incorporate Box&Co Pty Ltd.

2007

Peter McRobbie joins Jeremy and Simon as a Director and equal partner in Box&Co, and Peter’s significant experience adds considerable depth and balance to Box&Co’s management structure.

2007

Initial contracts undertaken by Box&Co include completion of commercial pools at the Eumundi Aquatic Centre ($500K) and offices and showrooms at Mowbray Tce, East Brisbane ($1M) and Centrelink, Deception Bay ($1.8M).

2008

Box&Co sustains excellent growth in 2008 – adding key staff and securing projects including the Flexible Learning Centre at Deception Bay ($2.6M), UNE Greenhouses ($5.5M) and an office and production facility at Eight Mile Plains ($8.5M).

2008

Box&Co celebrates its 65th birthday.

2009

Box&Co’s Building Services & Maintenance division is established – drawing on 70 years of building and management experience to offer a complete service that complements the construction business.

2013

2014

2017

2018

2013

Box&Co receives a QMBA construction award for the renovation of St Mary’s College in Ipswich.

2014

Box&Co receives a QMBA construction award for the refurbishment of QUT’s O Block at Gardens Point.

2017

Box&Co takes up temporary residence at 201 Logan Road in Woolloongabba – a building coincidentally constructed by G&J Box back in the late 1970s.

2018

The Box&Co family proudly celebrates 75 years of commercial construction in Queensland.

2018

Box&Co moves into a new and permanent home base at 2 Maynard Street, Woolloongabba.

2020

2021

2020

Box&Co replaces the huge skylight that snakes across the curves of Brisbane’s Domestic Terminal. The 10-week project operated night and day, with all demolition and installation done after dark whilst roof flashings and scaffold jumps were completed during the day.

2021

Box&Co is engaged to deliver the construction of the Kingston Butter Factory Redevelopment, comprising large-scale civil works, renovation and refurbishment of the existing space and a brand-new outdoor stage and heritage centre.

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