Building Community

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-By John Boley

Carmichael Builders started out as a small family owned construction business on the Darling Downs. Most of its early work was secured in and around the rural town of Dalby, at the centre of Queensland’s richest grain growing region. Established by Lee Carmichael and wife Lyn, as LA & LK Carmichael, the partnership secured most of its early work in the residential sector.

During the 1990’s, the company moved into the industrial and commercial markets, while maintaining a strong presence in residential work. By the mid 1990s Lee’s sons, Tony, John and Glen, had started their carpentry apprenticeships with the company and the name of the business changed to Carmichael Builders Pty Ltd in order to reflect the greater family involvement. Nowadays, Tony is the Managing Director with Glen and John filling senior construction management roles.

With its Head Office still located in Dalby, the company now operates additional offices in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Mackay and Cloncurry. Construction crews are also based in Emerald and Gladstone. The location of its offices and resources are carefully considered strategic moves by Carmichael Builders to ensure the company can offer whole-of-project services that are not limited by the location or size of the project. “We are proud of our history in regional Queensland, not only the great projects we have been involved in but also the relationships we have formed with our staff, clients, subcontractors and suppliers across the State,” said CEO Stephen Boxall.

Carmichael Builders remains family owned and operated with a strong management team. It still maintains its family values and work ethic whilst operating within a corporate environment. This approach has allowed the company to grow and develop over the last 30 years, and these values are reflected in company’s approach to its staff members. “We are really focussed on staff longevity and reciprocating loyalty; many members of our site management team completed their apprenticeships with us,” says Mr Boxall.

The Company successfully maintains accreditation through SAI Global for its comprehensive Occupational Health and Safety System (AS/NZS 4801:2001) and Quality Management System (ISO 9001:2008). “We are extremely proud of our safety record and have always been focused on the safety of all workers and the public. The accreditation process has structured our approach to safety and quality and has aligned us with industry best practice,” says Mr Boxall. This is underpinned by the company’s utilisation of industry leading construction software, CHEOPS (for project and financial management) and Project Centre (for document control), which allows the Carmichael team to deliver real time information to all project participants regardless of location.

Carmichael Builders is ideally positioned to take advantage of the current resources boom. With construction crews and/or offices in most of the Queensland’s current hot spots, Carmichael Builders is able to offer potential clients a “local” alternative. “We continue to concentrate on our core competencies, but are looking to expand and capitalise on the many opportunities that have presented themselves through to the current resources boom,” says Mr Boxall. These opportunities include the infrastructure projects required to support the growing populations moving into regional Queensland.

Major projects currently underway include The Base at Chinchilla, a workers’ accommodation camp to house the ever expanding number of participants involved in the coal seam gas exploration work in the Surat Basin. This camp will accommodate 432 workers in state-of-the-art facilities including larger than normal fully catered rooms, offices, media rooms and recreation rooms including outdoor BBQ pavilions and a 25m lap pool. Currently in the final stages of design and approval, construction should commence on this facility in the upcoming months.

Carmichael Builders has recently commenced Stage 2 of the MGA Gladstone Accommodation Facility, following Stage 1 which the firm successfully completed in September 2011. The initial stage incorporated fully catered rooms, a recreational centre with a restaurant and bar, and other essential amenities. On completion the village will eventually house 2,265 people and will help to address the acute accommodation shortage around Gladstone. The second stage will integrate an additional 432 rooms, staff and recreational facilities including a pool, gym and tennis courts, maintenance facility and related infrastructure works.

Carmichael Builders is also in the final stage of completing The South Burnett Complex for Arrow Energy in Dalby. Building works will be complete in March 2012 with Carmichael Builders recently approved to carry out the project’s Civil Works. It is expected that this work will take up to 2 months. Carmichael Builders has constructed Administration headquarters, an auditorium, warehouse and HAZCHEM facilities.

Work has also commenced for the Cloncurry Shire Council on its new Community Precinct. The community showpiece will incorporate a library, gallery, function rooms, a commercial kitchen and amenities, the Council Administration Centre and community open space. Part of this project includes the refurbishment of the existing Hall and reconfiguring of the change rooms that will service the stage for future functions. It is anticipated that this project will be completed towards the end of July 2012. The strong relationships the company has forged in the Cloncurry area and the future growth identified for the region were the catalysts behind the opening of Carmichael Builders’ new office in Cloncurry. The company plans to continue to develop the relationships it has with local suppliers, subcontractors and the wider community in order to provide potential clients a truly local alternative.

This strong local presence is evident in Carmichael Builders’ most recently awarded contract – a design and construct contract to redevelop the Information Centre and Museum at the Mary Kathleen Park in Cloncurry. The design has commenced and Carmichael Builders will begin construction in late March 2012.

As a leading commercial builder, Carmichael Builders provides clients with a full and multi-facet service including cost planning and design through to project management and build. “Our reputation has been built on a culture of safety, loyalty and quality. We have delivered personalised service to all our clients for almost 30 years and this will not change,” says CEO Stephen Boxall. Carmichael Builders is committed to operating at the very highest standards in all areas of the business and continues to provide consistent, quality projects throughout Queensland.

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July 14, 2020, 3:02 PM AEST