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by: Eric Macfarlane, PE (Deputy Commissioner of NYCDDC)


It is widely recognized that a significant percentage of the country's infrastructure has reached its useful life and must be replaced. The lack of resiliency of NYC infrastructure assets was clearly exposed during Hurricane Sandy. This infrastructure renewal is first and foremost a serious challenge for the nation's urban areas where people, financial and cultural centers are concentrated.

This presentation is an overview of some of New York City's approaches that go beyond just infrastructure reconstruction. The City's master plan, PLANYC 2030, is a blue print for maintaining the City's world class status by improving the urban environment and quality of life for residents and visitors while rebuilding resilient infrastructure capable of withstanding and recovering from extreme weather events.

We'll discuss certain key elements of these efforts as described more comprehensively in three New York City publications: " The New York City Panel on Climate Change " ; High Performance Infrastructure Guidelines" by NYCDDC; "Street Design Manual" by NYCDOT; "NYC Green Infrastructure Plan" by NYCDEP.


Alan Paskoff, P.E., is the Program Executive and Senior Vice President for MTA Capital Construction’s East Side Access Project.  Alan joined the MTA in 2007 and was appointed to his current position in 2010 where he leads the largest transportation infrastructure project in construction in the United States, with a budget of over 8 billion dollars, and a workforce of over 2,100 employees, consultants and contractors.  The project includes major tunneling contracts in both Manhattan beneath Grand Central Terminal, and in Queens mining below the busiest railroad interlocking in the nation.

Alan is an expert in the field of tunneling and construction and has over 20 years of experience in the public and private sectors.  He has worked on several major contracts for NYC Department of Environmental Protection’s Third Water Tunnel Project including a $200M tunneling contract as Project Manager while working for Peter Kiewit and Sons.  While working for Kiewit, he also did projects for a variety of owners including MTA New York City Transit, NYC Department of Transportation and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.  Alan has also worked at Grow Tunneling and the Bechtel Corporation.

Over the years Alan has been quoted in Engineering News Record and has participated in several panels hosted by McGraw Hill, ASCE, The Moles, MTA New York City Transit Museum and others.

Alan holds a Masters of Business Administration from Baruch College and Bachelor in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University.  He is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of New York. He also is an Adjunct Professor at Baruch College where he teaches Project Management.



Director of Construction, Region 11


New York State Department of Transportation



Upon earning his degree in Civil Engineering at the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1983, Bruce immediately joined the New York State Department of Transportation, Long Island Region’s Construction Division. After obtaining his PE license, as an Engineer-In-Charge, Bruce was responsible for the reconstruction of many of Long Island’s roads and bridges. In 2001, Bruce joined the Department’s New York City region where he is now the Acting Director of Construction and is presently managing their capital construction program of over $2 Billion in active construction. As NYSDOT is the direct recipient of the FHWA’s funding for local let projects, Bruce’s group is also responsible for oversight of the $2B local let program in New York City.


Mr. Morris Schwartz, P.E., is a Professional Engineer licensed in New York State. He received the Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical) and the Master of Engineering (Electrical) degree from the City College of New York, the Professional Degree (EE) from New York University, the Master of Computer Science degree from The Polytechnic Institute of New York, and the M.B.A. (Finance) degree from the New York Institute of Technology.


He is a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE). Mr. Schwartz was a member of a design team developing one of the first commercial packet switched networks for the International Telephone & Telegraph Company (ITT), developed Value Added Network (VAN) applications at the General Electric Company, and most recently joined the Capital Program Management division at New York City Transit.


He is also a Lecturer in the Computer Information System Department at Baruch College where he has taught a variety of graduate and undergraduate classes in network theory, multimedia technology, web design, ethics, and e-commerce.


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