Our History

ETC have long been an industry leader and not just in Western Australia as demonstrated by the many national and international awards we have won. Our design skills and processes are highly developed extending across an incredibly diverse portfolio of project work.

We consult across all areas, sectors and industries including government, commercial and resources and have developed a flexible and collaborative character that sees us working in many varied roles from advisory and team leader to specialist sub consultancy. We thrive on a challenge and as a result are frequently engaged on complex and critical projects.

19th October 2018

IESANZ WA Chapter LIDA Awards 2018

ETC Award Winners!

Midland Railway Square Redevelopment
IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

Wembley Mini Golf Complex & Hospitality Development Lighting
IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

Scarborough Beach Pool: Water Body & Surrounding Lighting
IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

15th September 2018

UDIA WA Award for Excellence 2018

September 2018

WE-EF Landscape Architecture After Dark 2018 National Competition

ETC provided the electrical consultancy services for Railway Square Midland that was one of the People’s Choice Regional Winners for the WE-EF Landscape Architecture After Dark 2018 National Competition. ETC also provided the electrical consultancy services for Manatj Park, Perth City Link that was one of the WA/SA People’s Choice Regional Finalists for the WE-EF Landscape Architecture After Dark 2018 National Competition. Read about the projects here

September 2017

NECA WA Excellence Awards 2017

ETC were the electrical consultants for the Ceri Bass, 22 Stirling Highway project which took out the 2017 NECA WA Commercial Small Project Award

August 2017

WALGA Preferred Supplier

ETC is now a preferred supplier of WALGA

July 2017

AILA WA 2017 Awards

ETC provided the electrical consultancy services to these two AIWA WA 2017 award winning projects:

Land Management Landscape Architecture Award: Miller’s Pool, South Perth Foreshore

Tourism Landscape Architecture Award: Wembley Golf Course Hospitality Redevelopment

July 2017

AIDA 2017 Award

The State Administrative Tribunal has been awarded the Best State Commercial Design Award in the 2017 Australian Interior Design Awards. ETC provided the electrical consultancy services for this project.

June 2017

WAAA Award and Commendation winners for 2017

ETC provided the electrical consultancy services for these projects that received an award or commendation in the 2017 West Australian Architecture Awards. Irene McCormak Catholic College – Award for Education Architecture; Wembly Golf Course Hospitality Redevelopment – The Ross Chisholm and Gill Award for Commercial Architecture; 19 Douro – Award for Interior Architecture & Commendation for Residential Architecture; Hairloom my Match – Commendation for Residential Architecture, Multiple Housing

25th April 2017

Stage 1 complete for Midland Railway Square

The first stage of Midland Railway Square, located within the historic railway workshop precinct and adjoining the still active freight and passenger lines opened on Anzac 2017.

March 2017

ETC Secures City

ETC has recently completed the security design and documentation and Superintendent role for the City of Perth’s security and access control upgrade of Council House, Green Room and Surveillance Centre.

October 2016

Wembley Golf Course Hospitality Development & Miniature Golf Course

Completion of the miniature golf course, making it the first of its kind available in Western Australia

September 2016

Aria Apartments, Swanbourne

2016 UDIA Awards for Excellence Winner – High Density Development

14th July 2016

His Majesty’s Theatre

Official switching on of the facade lighting at His Majesty’s Theatre

November 2015

Scarborough Beach Pool & Foreshore Redevelopment

ETC engaged to the new Scarborough Beach Pool and Foreshore Redevelopment

August 2015

Encore Apartments

Finalist for UDIA Award of Excellence for High Density Development (WA)

July 2015

Mary Davies Library & Community Centre Baldivis

Completion of works for Mary Davies Library & Community Centre Baldivis, now open to the community

June 2015

Completion of works for SJGHC Midland Public and Private Hospital

April 2015

Robert Milburn celebrating 15 years with ETC

April 2015

Scott Barrell celebrating 10 years with ETC

January 2015

Wayne Gray & John Althuizen celebrating 30 years with ETC

October 2014

All Saints College Performing Arts Centre Internal Foyer and Auditorium

Winner of IES International Lighting Award of Excellence (WA)

August 2014

Kingston Apartments

Winner of UDIA Award of Excellence of Medium Density (WA)

January 2014

Scarborough Rotary Clock Tower & Flag Pole Lighting

A precursor to the current Scarborough Beach Redevelopment project

September 2013

Daniel Phelps has been appointed to the position of Associate

Daniel has completed many complex and challenging projects for Wheatstone, Gorgon and John Holland

September 2013

Stuart Pearce has been appointed to the position of Associate

Stuart’s recent completion of the Midland Hospital has strengthened ETC’s already experienced and specialist Medical team

February 2013


The completion of the Cardiac Care Unit and Comprehensive Cancer Care facility further increases the range of high level health services available within the privately run state owned South West Health Campus

November 2012

The Grove Precinct Exterior Areas

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

November 2012

The Grove Precinct Library Interior

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

November 2012

Kings Park Place of Reflection & Marlee Pavilion

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

A collaborative design effort with Landscape Architects Plan E

September 2012

Luxe Apartments

Winner of UDIA Award of Excellence for Medium Density Development (WA)

November 2010

Enex 100

Winner of IES lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

November 2010


Winner of IES lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

November 2010

St Marys Cathedral – Exterior

Winner of IES lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

November 2010

St Marys Cathedral Interior

Winner of IES International Lighting Award of Excellence (AUS & NZ) & IES Award of Excellence (WA)

July 2010

Robert Milburn and Sebastian Corvaia appointed Directors

Robert Milburn and Sebastian Corvaia join the existing Directors Kurt McRae, Wayne Gray and John Althuizen from their roles as Associate Directors

April 2010

Kurt Mcrae celebrates 30 years with ETC

January 2009

Carnarvon Aboriginal Heritage & Cultural Centre (Gwoonwardu Mia)

November 2007

Warnbro Railway Station

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

ETC completed new Southern Rail Stations at Canning Bridge, South Street, Leach Hwy and Rockingham

November 2007

Parliament House

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Excellence (WA & National) Interior Lighting

July 2007

John Althuizen appointed to position of Director

John Althuizen joins the existing Directors Kurt McRae & Wayne Gray from his role as an Associate Director

July 2007

Sebastian Corvaia appointed to position of Associate Director

Sebastian Corvaia has been appointed to the position of Associate Director and maintains his role as Lighting Design Manager

July 2007

Robert Milburn appointed to position of Associate Director

Robert Milburn advances to the position of Associate Director and continues his role in high density residential, healthcare and commercial developments

July 2007

Ewa Frydrych Senior Project Engineer appointed to the position of Associate

November 2005

The Maltings

Winner of UDIA Award of Excellence for Urban Renewable Project (WA)


St Georges Cathedral

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

October 2004

ECU Joondalup Administration Building

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Excellence (WA & National) Exterior Facade & Effects Lighting

A striking facade and landmark in the City of Joondalup

October 2004

Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)


UWA Motorola Research Development Building

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)


Poll Residence Dalkeith

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Excellence (WA & National) Interior Lighting

A unique and minimalist design development in collaboration with Architect Gary Marinko


Lake Street Plateia Artwork Lighting

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA) Art Work & Water Feature


ECU Science

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA)

An innovative building by JCY Architects


Ocean Keys Shopping Centre

Winner of IES Lighting Award of Commendation (WA) Internal Wall Lighting

January 2002


Continued company growth, ETC relocates from Realtime House in Havelock St West Perth to refurbished offices at 61 Loftus Street Leederville, which is still our home today!


Perth Convention Exhibition Centre

Construction is well under the way on one of Perth’s major landmark buildings. Wayne Gray led the expansion as he was the ETC Project Manager for the design of the original Perth Bus Junction in 1989, and it’s expansion in 1991. This experience of the site was invaluable to the whole Multiplex/Cox Architects design and consortium.


Bayswater Waves Aquatic Centre

The first wave pool in WA was included in the design of this major recreational facility for the City of Bayswater

June 1998

St John of God Hospital, Subiaco

WA Energy Efficiency Awards Finalist


South West Health Campus Bunbury

In the early 1990’s the Department of Health identified the old multistorey Bunbury Hospital in urgent need of replacement. in 1996 a co-location of Bunbury Public Hospital and St John of God hospital was announced and that it would be built on a new site south of the city centre. The 68,000 sqm facility would be procured under the Schematic Design, Tender, Novate, Detail Design and Construction model. The Government engaged PDC Project Management, Buchan Group (Oldham Boas Ednie-Brown) and ETC as they had successfully delivered SJOG Subiaco under a similar procurement model. The successful D&C contractor was Devaugh, a Bunbury based builder.


Engineering Technology Consultants / ETC

ETC’s expansion and diversification into specialist areas beyond the traditional practice of electrical consultancy necessitated a further change towards a more global identity. In 1997 the company changed name to Engineering Technology Consultants Pty Ltd / ETC. While the company retained the more widely used and recognisable abbreviation of ETC, the new name more accurately reflects the company’s expansion as a professional engineering group consulting in a diverse range of areas.


Hollywood Private Hospital

ETC were engaged in 1994 by Silver Thomas Hanley Architects on the first major stage of Ramsay Health Care’s recently purchased Hollywood Private Hospital. ETC has had an active project on the site since, having completed every major development at what is considered as one of WA’s premier private hospital campuses. The campus includes over 700 inpatient beds, 16 Operating Theatres, 2 Specialist Centres, and many medical specialties such as, urology, cardiology, genial surgery, rehabilitation, psychiatry and oncology.


Kurt McRae and Wayne Gray appointed Directors

Kurt McRae and Wayne Gray were appointed to the positions of Director and Derek Butt stepped down from his position as Managing Director but continued to work at ETC as a Consultant


St John of God Hospital Subiaco

With SJOG in Murdoch recently completed, ETC’s Medial Team under the management of John Althuizen was engaged by the Sisters of SJOG, PDC Project Management and Oldham Boas Ednie-Brown Architects (who renamed to Buchan Group) to participate in the redevelopment of the group’s flagship hospital. ETC would continue many SJOG projects, including Perth’s major cogeneration plant in a medical facility. This 1 Megawatt cogeneration plant was a finalist in the Energy Efficiency Awards in 1998.


Golf Clubs Indonesia – Gading Raya, Royal Sentul and Sheraton Pakuwan

Habitat International and course designer Graham Marsh engaged ETC on the Royal Gading golfing resort. The resort consisted of the normal range of 5/6 Star Club facilities, restaurants and conference facilities, and the golf course included a fully automated lightning alarm and strike protection system, with lightning shelters at strategic locations between holes. Our experience with Gading led to a design role in the Royal Sentul Highlands West Java Resort


Joondalup Arena Sports Complex (HBF Arena)

ETC was engaged by the Joondalup Development Corporation for the master planning and first stages of construction of this comprehensive sports facility. Kurt McRae headed up ETC’s team for the initial projects including the Aquatic Centre in 2000


Swan Brewery Redevelopment

Wayne Gray headed the ETC team on this challenging mix of heritage refurbishment and modern commercial space


Joondalup Street Lighting

The first major private street lighting installation of its kind in WA. This project is a multi-award winner and stamped ETC’s position as leading urban infrastructure designers in Perth.


Department of Lands Administration (Landgate) Midland

ETC were part of the Consolidated Constructions bid team for the new hi-tech home of Department of Lands and Administration (DOLA). The team won the bid to develop what would be the highest data density project undertaken to date in WA.


East Perth TAFE (Advanced Materials Technology Centre, Central Institute of Technology)

Phillip Cox, Coulter, Etherington & Jones (PCECJ) engaged ETC on this contemporary new Materials Science and Technology campus for TAFE. The building was fitted with cutting edge lighting control and energy management systems, years before such systems became main stream in electrical designs


St John of God Hospital, Murdoch

PDC Project Management, Silver Thomas Hanley architects and the Sisters of St John of God Rivervale entrusted ETC with the electrical, communications and lift services design of their newest hospital, St John of God Murdoch. Work started on the project in 1990 with commissioning of the facility in 1994.


Notre Dame University, Fremantle

ECU committed to the establishment of their first University in Australia, and through Oldham Boas Ednie-Brown Architects we secured the commission of the first four campus buildings. These included Library and Lecture Theatres on Mouat and Cliff Streets which involved the remodelling of heritage listed late 1800’s and early 1900’s shipping buildings in the port city of Fremantle. In 2006, ETC would be engaged to establish the Darlinghurst Campus in Sydney.


Sumatra Abattoir and Saudi Chicken Processors

Interesting departures continued late in 1989 and into the 90’s with John Althuizen securing primary production facilities in Sumatra Indonesia and Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Sumatra was a 53000 head beef feed lot and export quality abattoir complete with 1.6MW diesel power station, 210 man accommodation facility and its own dam.


Lerokis and Lebong Tandai Mines

ETC’s newly formed Industrial arm secured many projects in the booming resources industries of Indonesia, including major developments at Lerokis copper and Lebong Tandai Gold


Cable Beach Club Resort Broome

ETC were engaged on the 5 start resort for Lord McAlpine. Cable Beach Club welcomed its first guests in 1988. In the beginning, Cable Beach Club was a collection of Broome style bungalows, a reception area, dining area and a small area for functions. At opening, it had 77 one-bedroom and 7 two-bedroom luxury bungalows.


Mandurah Cultural Centre Precinct

First development in the new cultural precinct was the Cultural & Arts Centre with Gianfranco Rasile Architects. ETC were later engaged with Hames Sharley Architects as engineers for the Waterfront boardwalks, Performing Arts Centre and Cinema projects.


Hancock Residence Prix d’Amour

ETC were engaged by Kevin Palassis Architects to assist in the design of the new of the new Hancock Residence in Mosman. Rose and Lang’s new home “Prix d’Amour” was a lavish 16-block mansion overlooking the Swan River. The mansion, was modelled after Tara, the plantation mansion in the movie Gone with the Wind, complete with Waterford crystal chandeliers and gold inlay marble floors. This unique landmark was demolished in March 2006 to make way for subdivision and smaller developments.


Karri Valley Resort

Completion of the Resort redevelopment designed by Parry and Rosenthal Architects in 1988 with the addition of a restaurant, hotel rooms and chalets. Karri Valley had previously become the Australian home of the Ranjneeshees or Orange People. The worldwide sect led by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. Many of the original buildings such as the Bunk house were retained in the transformation of the commune into a tourist resort.


R&I (Bankwest) Data Centre

The R&I Bank set the trend back in 1988 with development of one of the first decentralised (from head office) modern data centres. This dedicated facility housed main frame computing, data mass storage and N++ redundant systems. At the time of installation, the two 300kVA rotary diesel UPS systems designed by ETC and manufactured by Holec in the Netherlands were the largest in WA by some margin. Following a successful project delivery, ETC were awarded similar data centre projects for DSS (Commonwealth Social Security) and DOLA.


Perth International Telecommunications Centre (Perth Satellite Earth Station) Cullacabardee

Completion of a difficult and highly technical project designing the plant and equipment buildings and infrastructure for the Overseas Telecommunications Commission’s facility. The PITC included the first Pacific and Indian Ocean region Inmarsat earth station in the southern hemisphere. To this day, it handles a large percentage of Telstra’s satellite communications.


Market City Canning Vale

This was the biggest project Derek’s team had taken on. John Miller fronted the project, with a young Kurt McRae taking on the role of Project Leader for this innovative, high profile, 50 hectare wholesale and retail development that was completed in 1989. To this day ETC are still engaged as consultants for this site.


Midland Technical College (TAFE/Swan Polytechnic)

Wayne Gray joined Butt Miller in 1985 with our successful bid for the new Midland Technical College Campus, the largest new Education type project in WA for many years. Wayne headed up the electrical team that worked with Peter Hunt Architects to deliver the leading edge facility. Wayne also completed Stage’s 2 and 3 of the development with Peter Hunt Architects.


Perth Superdrome (HBF Stadium)

John Miller joined Derek to form Butt and Miller Pty Ltd, and to lead the electrical design of the new state of the art sports and entertainment facility in Mt Claremont (Challenge Stadium / HBF Stadium). The Perth Superdrome was the first indoor sports facility in WA with full TV Broadcast quality lighting systems. Butt and Miller had grown to 15 employees. It is also the year that John Althuizen joined as a Junior Draftsperson (John would later become an ETC Director).


America’s Cup Projects

Experiences learnt from the Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour placed our team out in front for a string of major marina projects in the time leading up to the America’s Cup in 1987. ETC subsequently were engaged on the award winning Mindarie Tourist Resort and also some works for Sorrento Quay/Hillarys Boat Harbour (James Christou and Partners).


Lord Forrest Hotel and Offices Bunbury

Building on numerous resort and tourism projects the company was engaged as the consulting engineers for Bond Groups prestigious Lord Forrest Atrium Hotel.


Fremantle Fishing Boat Harbour and Live Lobster Facilities

Derek Butt and Associates were engaged as electrical engineers for the development of the iconic Fishing Boat Harbour precinct with its tourist and fleet support facilities, including iconic Lombardos and Kailis Bros Fish Market.


Westfarmers House

Westfarmers House, a 12 storey tower designed by Cameron Chisolm and Nicol on The Esplanade was the first true high rise building engineered by Derek Butt and Associates.

1980 - 85's


Derek and the team continued to build a client base with regular commissions from major WA Architects Cameron Chisholm and Nicol, Oldham Boas-Ednie, Peter Hunt Architects, Forbes and Fitzhardinge, Tsigulis and Zuvela, Meyer Shircore, Silver Goldberg, Deykin and Hay, Oldfield Knott Architects and many other practices. Derek changed the name to Derek Butt & Associates and moved into new offices in Abbotsford St Leederville with other growing engineering firms Barwood Parker and Associates Structural, Rod Oma Hydraulics, and Steens Gray Mechanical Engineers.


ALCOA Worsley Refinery

Derek Butt & Associates were engaged by the Oldham Boas Ednie-Brown for consultancy services on the support and amenities buildings at the new ALCOA Worsley Refinery in Waroona WA.


Barrow Island (WAPET/Chevron)

Derek Butt and Associates were first engaged by Robert Hanlin (later Hanlin and Young Architects) in 1980 on the first of many stages of development for the emerging North West Oil and Gas industry. One of Kurt McRae’s first projects was the Staff Amenities and Recreation Building at Barrow Island. To this day ETC are still being engaged as electrical engineering consultants for the support and amenities facilities for recent expansion on the island (Gorgon KJV).


John Tonkin Water Centre (Water Corporation)

Completion of the multi award winner Metropolitan Water Board Administration Facility in Leederville, later renamed the John Tonkin Water Centre, one of Derek Butt’s first major projects with Cameron Chisholm and Nicol Architects.

B.O.A.M Award of Excellence for Building Services.


Hamersley Iron

The growing resources industry in the Pilbara provided many
opportunities for Derek, and projects included amenities, accommodation and support facilities for Hamersley Iron.

April 1976


Derek left WA in 1970 to pursue his career in Houston Texas, after completing his studies at Perth Technical College and internship at the Public Works Department. In 1976 Derek returned to WA and started up as Derek Butt Consulting Engineer in a small one room office on Hay Street, shared with Stephen and Mercer Architects.