New York Department of Design and Construction Appoints New Senior Deputy Commissioner and New Deputy Commissioner for Public Buildings

New York City Department of Design and Construction (DDC) Commissioner Thomas Foley today announced two new senior executive appointments.

Eric Macfarlane was named the first Deputy Commissioner of DDC and Salvatore Cali Jr. was named Deputy Commissioner of Public Buildings.

“Eric Macfarlane and Salvatore Cali Jr. are both highly respected by New York’s construction industry and are experts in managing city government and our complex regulatory environment,” said DDC Commissioner, Thomas Foley. “They are also both very committed to eliminating red tape, constantly innovating and ensuring that DDC can operate at maximum efficiency, delivering world-class public buildings and infrastructure while making the best use of money. taxpayers. I congratulate them both on their new roles and look forward to working even more closely with them.

Senior Deputy Commissioner Macfarlane, who has been with the agency since 1996, was previously Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure, where he was responsible for thousands of critical projects and helped implement major process improvements such than joint tenders.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the City College of New York and a master’s degree in civil engineering from the Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU-Tandon School of Engineering).

He is a New York State Licensed Professional Engineer, Fellow of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), and Fellow of the National Academy of Construction (NAC).

In his new role, Senior Deputy Commissioner Macfarlane will have a high level of responsibility for the formulation of agency policy affecting all executive, managerial, professional, technical and support staff.

He will work closely with senior management in all DDC divisions as the agency continues to implement policies and procedures consistent with the objectives expressed in our Strategic Plan for Construction Excellence.

the Plan was introduced in 2019 under former DDC commissioner Lorraine Grillo, who is now New York City’s first deputy mayor.

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Deputy Commissioner of Public Buildings Salvatore Cali Jr. served with DDC in the 1990s, then joined DDC in October 2001 in time to work on the Flight 587 Memorial in Queens.

Over the years, he has managed projects at zoos, clinics and major league ballparks, at city hall, in private homes as part of the Build it Back program, and during the pandemic in part of the teams that have built COVID-related facilities in record time. .

As head of DDC’s Public Buildings Division, Deputy Commissioner Cali will be responsible for all division activities and oversee 280 active projects valued at more than $5 billion and 333 employees.

He will also establish short- and long-term plans, set goals and objectives for the more than 25 city agencies DDC builds for, and provide executive leadership for divisional initiatives, including the implementation of new programs.

Cali holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the PRATT Institute.

Both appointments take effect immediately.

The NYC Design and Build Department

The Design and Construction Department is the City’s primary manager of capital construction projects.

Supporting Mayor Adams’ long-term vision for growth, sustainability, resilience, equity and healthy living, DDC provides communities with new or renovated public buildings such as fire stations, libraries, police stations and new or improved roads, sewers and water. network in the five boroughs.

To manage this $15.5 billion portfolio, DDC partners with other City agencies, architects and consultants, whose experience brings efficient, innovative and environmentally responsible design and construction strategies. city ​​projects.

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Photo credit: from left to right, Salvatore Cali Jr. and Eric Macfarlane.

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