Eric Macfarlane, P.E., M.ASCE, is the Deputy Commissioner for Infrastructure of the Department of Design and Construction of New York City. He currently oversees approximately 539 active projects and over 500 employees, including engineers, architects, CADD operators and construction professionals.
Mr. Macfarlane directs a division with a five-year capital plan portfolio of over 539 design and construction projects estimated at $10.4 billion, and manages a technical staff numbering over 500 employees. This includes management of over 149 active construction projects citywide with a combined bid value of over $3.8 billion. Macfarlane’s team is responsible for the design and construction of roadway, sewer, water main, and sidewalk projects in all five boroughs of New York City. As Deputy Commissioner, Mr. Macfarlane works particularly with DDC’s key infrastructure sponsor agencies, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection, and the NYC Department of Transportation. Additional projects include bike lanes, pedestrian bridges, Select Bus Service, step streets, retaining walls, plazas, and other major infrastructure initiatives such as East Side Coastal Resilience, Times Square and Columbus Circle. Mr. Macfarlane introduced innovative trenchless technologies to reduce disruption to commercial activities and community residents.
Mr. Macfarlane is a licensed engineer in New York and received his M.S. in Civil Engineering from Polytechnic Institute of New York (NYU Tandon School of Eng). He received a Bachelor of Engineering degree from the City College of New York. He worked at private sector consulting firms and for Con Edison before joining the New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which in 1996 became an integral founding component of the NYC DDC.