CME ENGINEERING SERVICES D.P.C.              Planning, design, Management  


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About us

Our approach

We leave no stone unturned when we take you on as a client. Depending on your needs, we'll perform any or all of the following:

  • Thorough analysis of your program needs
  • Competitive analysis of design and engineering systems
  • Innovative and Resourceful Planning 
  • Detailed Design, Engineering and Budgeting

This work culminates in our major deliverable: a detailed design, engineering and construction plan that puts you on the road to achieving goals.

Our team that's committed to your projects success.

Common Vision and Communication

As part of your team we will identify your business, project objectives, and expectations. Once identified, this vision will be articulated promoting open, clear, and constructive communication. Goal setting encourages the team to achieve cohesive best practice, create a common purpose, and gain individual commitment. 


We view structure as an integral factor in providing clarity and quality service. Team context includes owner, design team, vendors, consultants, trade contractors, manufacturers, and equipment suppliers. Operating within the framework each team member brings value which we will coordinate into a partnership all work towards the same goal.

Understanding needs and challenges
We draw on our extensive experience to grasp a thorough understanding of all project issues, potential challenges, and special conditions that demand particular attention. 


Philosophy- Our Values

Client Fulfillment
We focus on your business, your project, and its success. We analyze your overall project and business goals and align our interests with yours. Your plan, vision and imagination...Our technical experiences, resources and innovation... We understand the best ideas, the best decisions, and the best results happen when you work as a team.  So that’s how we work.

We execute our responsibilities with the highest level of integrity, with “zero tolerance” of anything short of this cornerstone value. We remain accountable on all our commitments and encourage and cultivate business relationships based on mutual trust and respect

With our lean, hands-on team, who possess large project and company expertise, we are often branded a “boutique-style company”.  CME goes beyond pursuing projects; we pursue long term relationships and look at each project as an opportunity to create innovative solutions to technical problems and business issues. 


Key personnel:

       Sal Panico P.E., Principal-In-Charge

Mr. Panico is licensed as a Professional Engineer in eight states including New York. He is experienced in all project phases from conceptual design through detail design including construction and project start-up. His experience also includes management of the Department of Energy Research Laboratory Facility in Alexandria, V.A.  He has instructed and authored numerous papers in the engineering field. Mr. Panico has worked on the design and construction of vast number of facilities including health care, institutional, commercial ,residential building projects and power generating, and industrial plant projects which he had been principal in charge.  

Mr. Panico's extensive experience has centered around project management, proposal development, marketing, construction management, contract negotiations, including mechanical engineering and design. His 35 years of engineering in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, electrical and plumbing designs for facilities in multiple markets and included energy conservation, health and life safety systems.  He provides technical capabilities in all facets of engineering management. and assists clients with full service capabilities. This would include value engineering and design required in today's markets to ensure the completion of quality projects, on-time and within budget.  

Mr.. Panico founded BurrWood Engineering and Design P.C. in 1983. In the year 2000, BurrWood Engineering P.C. became a division of Tetra Tech. In the year 2005 he founded Construction Management and Engineering Consulting Services. Prior to Starting BurrWood Engineering and Design, Mr. Panico was Lead Consultant for Burns and Roe and Pope Evans and Robbins where he was responsible for the design construction and Operation of the first 30 MWE Atmospheric Pressure Fluidized Bed Boiled. His duties also included the operation of the US Department of Energy Research Facility in Alexandria Va.  

Mr. Panico has been active with other philanthropic organizations as well. Such as The Sister's of St. Ursaline Center where he was recognized for his distinguished service, and the Suffolk County Community College Foundation. As a member of the foundation board and on its "Edu-Tech of Suffolk", Board, he provided technical support for the development of a much needed HVAC program addressing the demands of specialists who are properly trained and certified to install and maintain technology advanced HVAC systems. The foundation awarded Mr. Panico with the "Presidential Medallion for Exemplary Service to the College", the highest service award given by the institution recognizing his extraordinary and sustained contributions made to the well being of Suffolk County Community College, its students and its facility.  

        John McIlhargy,  Partner-Sports Division CEO

Prior to returning to the CEO position at Mythic Sports Group and merging with CME, John served for seven years as the Director of the Project Development for USA Swimming where he helped create and implement the Facilities Development Department located at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO. USA Swimming is the national governing body for the sport of swimming and administers competitive swimming in accordance with the Amateur Sports Act. It also provides programs and services for its members, supporters, affiliates and the interested public.  His department also consulted on all areas of programming, Indoor Air Quality, Operations, Renovating and Upgrading of existing facilities.  His other responsibilities included support for USA Swimming's first temporary facility for the 2004 Olympic Trials in Long Beach and 2008 Trials in Omaha at the Quest Arena. 

 Mr. McIlhargy drew upon his many years within the sports, design and aquatics industry to be the point person for the Facilities Development Department. A specialized program manager, engineer, designer and construction manager, Mac worked for nearly 15 years at the engineering firms of Burrwood Engineering, The Thomas Group and Tetra Tech specializing in sports design and construction as the vice president of sports development. Tetra Tech Sports was involved with may sports disciplines from sports arenas, baseball stadiums, sports planning and development worldwide.

John was the technical engineering consultant and Juror for the Beijing Olympics, with the Chinese government, assisting with the development of their aquatic center for the upcoming 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. John has also consulted with Astral on FINA facilities for several World Championships events and helped pioneer the concept of using temporary facilities in sports arenas for the largest events and supported the development of new equipment and pool construction methodologies.

 Over his career Mr. McIlhargy has consulted on over 400 facilities nationally and internationally as a Technical Engineering Consultant, owners “advocate”, Construction Manager and Program Manager.  Other notable Facilities work included: Sydney Olympic Games, technical consulting on the Dubai Sports Center, Shanghai and Contributor to London, Chicago and New York Olympic Organizing Committees.

John made his vocation for swimming his avocation.  He was a national level swimmer while at the United States Naval Academy, 1985 Alum, 22 year veteran swimming coach and coach owner of one of the largest USA Swimming teams in New York.  His two children were swimmers and his family still maintains active roles in the local swimming community.  John still maintains his credentials and currently is the General Chairman of Metropolitan Swimming. 

 Other relevant information:

          • Co-Author/Presenter The 4 P’s Aquatic Programming and Design-USA Swimming
          • Contributing Member of ASHRAE Research Project #1093
          • CDC Model Aquatic Code Committee- (Operations and Engineering)
          • Author of Aquatic Center Success “Form Follows the Function of Water, Air and Motion”
          • Presentation-“The Bubble of unaffected air”
          • USA Swimming IAQ Engineering Conference 5 years.
          • HPAC National Webinar on IAQ in Indoor Pool Environments
          • LEED engineering for Aquatic Centers
          • Clinic on Adapted Re-Use of existing sports infrastructure
          • Engineering and AIA Accreditation Couse’s
          • Contributor to several national and International Sports Facility Management Program

 John F. Caruso, Project Executive                                            

 Mr.. Caruso has provided management and administration services for major design and construction projects in the New York metropolitan area. His expertise includes;  Program Management ,Construction Management, Cost Estimating and Cost Controls ,CPM scheduling, Project Labor Agreements (Feasibility, Negotiating ,and Administration),Contract Document Development, Architect, Engineer and contractor qualifications, claims analysis and preparations as well as Expert Testimony .

His design construction experiences cover the range of projects from airport facilities, co-generation facilities, chemical plants, water treatment and waste water pollution control plants, and transportation programs to university facilities, court complexes, correctional institutions, and medical centers. As owner of his own Construction Management company and as Vice President of firms such as O'Brien/Kreitzberg; Mauchly; and Lehr McGovern Bovis, Mr. Caruso has been in responsible charge of several major projects, and programs, including:

        • Program Manager to set up New York City's School Construction Authority -$5 billion program.
        • Program Manager for the $2.6 billion JFK 2000 Airport Renovation.
        • Principle in charge for the $80 million New York State FDC Kings Park Psychiatric Center Renovation
        • Principle in charge for New York City's Sanitation Garage Modernization Program - $30 million
        • Principle in charge Nassau County Medical Center Dynamic Care Building; Project Controls $75 million. 

Mr. Caruso served as Deputy Commissioner of Public Works for Nassau County, NY  during the critical EPA Clean Water Act consent decree initiative. During that time he was in responsible charge of the Division of Sanitation and Water Supply that administered an annual operating budget of $118 million with an active $960 million Capital Construction Program to serve a 1.4 million population and protect its sole source aquifer and surrounding recreational  waters .                                                                                                                                                                    

 Highlights of his work with Nassau County include:

  • Established $960 million design-construct program to assure compliance with EPA/NYSDEC mandate for upgrading secondary treatment at the Nassau County Bay Park and Cedar Creek   wastewater treatment facilities
        • Established $100 million design-construct program to upgrade the 40 year old County Special Sewer Districts #1, and #2 including 22 pump stations.
        • Completed the County Special Sewer District #3 $180M Sewer System
        • Redirected “Water Supply Unit” from a data collection-well drilling Unit into a Water Management Unit responsible for the engineering, and operation of: mitigation of groundwater contamination at NYS and EPA  Superfund sites in Nassau County: groundwater modeling initiative to determine cause and effects to sole-source aquifer water supply and future alternatives necessary for a comprehensive water supply management program.

During the course of his career Mr. Caruso has been involved in several healthcare facilities projects providing project management consulting in a wide variety of management functions including construction claims analysis and resolution, scheduling, cost estimating, cost control, value engineering contract development, special conditions and quality assurance. He has been involved in several unique healthcare facility assignments:

        • New Jersey College of Medicine and Dentistry Phase III, IV, and V:  Electrical Claims   
        • Veterans Administration Hospital - Phase XI, Bronx, New York: HVAC   Contractors Claim
        • Nassau County Medical Center Dynamic Care Building: Project Controls
        • Pollution Control; Contractors Claims (Electrical , General) 
        • Brooklyn College, Science Building; Owners Defense of Contractor Claims
        • New York Methodist Hospital Infill Building, Owners action against CM and Architect

























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