Mr. Panico has more than 40 years of experience in the design, construction and operation of new and renovated building systems for health care, residential, condominium, institutional, power plant, co-generation facilities and high-rise projects. Mr. Panico is experienced in all project phases from conceptual design through detail design including construction and project start-up. He has also instructed and authored numerous papers in the engineering field. Mr. Panico is a licensed Professional Engineer in eight states, including New York and New Jersey.  Mr. Panico has worked on projects world-wide. Professional Engineer: NY, NJ, FL, MD, MA, VA, GA, PA, CT, NH, NC.  

Mr. McIlhargy started Mythic Sports to advance new ideas in facilities design, development, programming and operations. To better support our clients, in 2011, Mythic Sports merged with CME Engineering Services and became its "name brand" for sports and aquatic design and engineering.  This was an easy decision as the Principals and  employees of both firms have worked together for nearly 30 years.  Prior to founding Mythic Sports, 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. He draws upon his many years within the sports, design and aquatics industry as a specialized program manager, engineer, designer and construction manager with the engineering firms of Burrwood Engineering, the Thomas Group and Tetra Tech specializing in sports design and construction as the vice president of  development. Tetra Tech Sports was involved in many sports design disciplines from sports arenas, baseball stadiums, sports planning and development worldwide. 


Execution Begins:

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.

Programs and Business Planning:

Form follows function…ALL OF THE TIME.  Understanding that all design and especially sport design is program driven is fundamental.  At CME we actually helped write the books on program driven design.  

We understand that all successful projects MUST be planned, designed and programmed for the “4-C’s”:   Community Centered, Culturally Motivated, Conservation Minded and in Collaboration.

These experiences are especially true for all sports, wellness and recreation centers but carry over into non-sports related projects and serve to strengthen our planning process whether we are designing for an office building, senior housing project or manufacturing facility.  

The Nuts and Bolts:

Design Evaluation for Cost Effectiveness
Working in concert with the design team, we review all design documents for compliance to budget project requirements, design intent, constructability, means and methods, work rule conflicts, and general conformity to local building regulations. We practice value engineering as a matter of course from the initial stage of design, creating value added solutions and identification of alternative options and recommended changes in systems and materials, budget and schedule while maintaining design integrity. This professional exercise helps expedite project progress, minimize cost changes, and avoid otherwise unnecessary costs and loss of time.

Budgets and Estimates
We help define the work scope and, based on historic cost data and experience, develop pricing from the current marketplace. In-house estimating, scheduling, and cost management capabilities perform quantity take-offs, change order analysis, manpower loading, scheduling, and administer cost reporting. First hand working knowledge of the marketplace help ensure reliable estimates and projections.

Construction Quality Assurance is tailored to each job. As required we coordinate all contractors, vendors and support CM on-site activities of work to guard and ensure our standards of quality are adhered to and that all work is in accordance with the contract plans and specifications.

Final Inspections and Walkthroughs
We support, and coordinate when necessary, the activities of inspection agencies and manage the timely completion of any required remedial actions, re-inspections, and approval issuance. Done successfully, you will enjoy a smooth transition to occupancy and the start-up of operations.

As part of the transition to occupancy we also provide start-up assistance and coordination of occupancy requirements. For example, training sessions are typically facilitated with the trade contractors to provide maintenance staff ample opportunity to familiarize themselves with the function and servicing requirements of newly installed systems and equipment.Type your paragraph here.


Mr. Panico's work experience includes; New York Housing Authority, Winthrop University Hospital, New York Methodist Hospital, New York Community Hospital, New York City and Suffolk County Correctional Facilities, Cord Myer high-rise real estate development, Greenbriar Housing Project , Power Plant engineering, Suffolk County DPW work, Atria Senior Living projects, JASA projects and work for ARC and Catholic Charities of Brooklyn and Queens. 

​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 2008 summer Olympics in Beijing. He has also consulted on several Olympic Bids, Olympic Trials and FINA facilities for World Championships events.  Mr. McIlhargy helped pioneer the concept of using temporary facilities in sports arenas for the largest events as well as supporting 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.

Salvatore J. Panico, P.E. Principal-In-Charge

John R. McIlhargy, Sports Division Director, Principal

Prior to starting CME Engineering Services in 2005,  ​Mr. Panico founded Burrwood Engineering and Design P.C. in 1983 which later became Burrwood Engineering P.C. In the year 2000, Burrwood Engineering P.C. became a division of Tetra Tech.