“I used to get a couple of calls a week to hang a door or replace flyscreens,” he says.
Today, his company, BTC Constructions, project manages prestigious jobs throughout Darwin.
“Nothing was just given to me,” he says. “I’ve had to work hard – very hard.”
Brendan, who is a qualified carpenter and plasterer, began as a sole trader.
He is now a highly-respected member of the construction industry who uses a network of tried and trusted Territory subcontractors.
One of his former apprentices, Jami Brooks, is now his site foreman – Jami was named Master Builders Territory Apprentice of the Year in 2020 and 2021 and went on to be crowned Australian Apprentice of the Year.
Brendan enjoys training apprentices and is proud when they qualify as well-trained tradies.
“It makes all the hard work over the last decade so rewarding.”
BTC can manage the most complicated projects from tender to handover.
“We can handle projects from beginning to end,” says Brendan. “I’m involved all the way.”
The company has just finished an eye-catching project – fitting out the new check-in concourse with 28 automatic baggage machines at Darwin International Airport.
“The job was part of the whole airport upgrade,” Brendan says. “It was an exciting and challenging job – a great test for our team and numerous subcontractors, including local and international suppliers.
“It’s such a reward to see all of our effort come to fruition. Everyone can now enjoy the streamlined and hassle-free process while checking in for a flight.”
BTC had already refurbished the terminal control centre and airline tenancy offices.
The firm also carried out the refurbishment of the bar, restaurant, lobby and 186 rooms at the Hilton Garden Inn Darwin, formerly Doubletree by Hilton Hotel – in just 12 weeks.
The work was highly commended at the NT Master Builders awards in August.
“We had to cause as little disruption to hotel operations as possible,” says Brendan. “The hotel only closed for four weeks. I’m proud of my team for doing a great job in a very tight timeframe.”
One hotel guest says: “It’s amazing – the bar and restaurant now look like something out of Paris.”
The restaurant at Hilton Garden Inn, Together & Co, recently picked up a Gold Plate for Best New Venue. BTC Constructions is based in Darwin but has carried out work throughout the Territory.
“Our professional teams have worked in remote communities, mine sites and defence bases, city multistorey buildings, hotel and office refurbishments, residential builds and renovations, public housing and much more,” Brendan says.
How did a business that started out replacing flyscreens build up such a good reputation within a few years?
“We do a good job at a good price – and on time,” says the boss.
BTC is now renowned for its craftsmanship, professionalism, reliable service and safety.
It uses only quality products that will “stand the test of time”.
“We believe in doing the job right the first time,” Brendan says.
“Whether you’re looking for a few helpful tips or need an experienced professional to fully manage a project — we’ve got the tools and experience to guarantee success.”