For almost 40 years, Baxter Construction is privileged to have attracted the best and brightest remodeling minds in the area.
Our team has collectively over 650 years of experience in residential remodeling, historic renovation, aging-in-place, green building, and building custom homes.
Jim is the founder and President of Baxter Construction. A lifelong Princeton resident, Jim supports the local community through volunteer efforts with the Historical Society of Princeton, Morven Museum and Garden, Hopewell Borough, Hopewell Valley Regional School District and the Sourland Mountain Preserve.
Jim has earned several designations – Certified Green Professional (CGP), Certified Aging-in-Place Specialist (CAPS) and Certified Graduate Remodeler (CGR) by the National Association of Home Builders.
Jim is active in the industry at a national level, as a member of Remodeler’s Advantage, pursuing continuing education credits, and attending trade shows. Jim is married with four children and two grandchildren. In his free time he loves to play golf and has coached baseball.
Senior Project Manager
Wayne graduated from Villanova University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He began his career at the Research and Development department at Boeing Helicopters in Ridley Park, PA. He left there to pursue 10 years of self-employment in his own home renovation business. He has now been proudly working with Baxter Construction for almost 13 years.
Wayne is married with a teenage son and two rescue dogs. In his free time, Wayne and his family enjoy spending time outdoors.
Senior Project Manager
John brings 35 years of industry experience to Baxter Construction and joined the Baxter team in 2013 as a Project Manager and Estimator. Prior to joining Baxter, John owned his own remodeling business for 8 years where he performed residential home renovations including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and additions.
John graduated college with 4 year Bachelor degree in Building Construction and Construction Management.
John is married and has two children. He’s been active in the community coaching Pop Warner football for 8 years and girls soccer for 2 years. He raised $5,000 for cancer research by barefoot waterskiing on the Lehigh River. In his spare time, John enjoys working on cars and drag races as a hobby.
Senior Project Manager
Peter brings over 40 years of remodeling and project management experience to Baxter. Before joining Baxter in 2013, Peter worked for a residential design/build company for 25 years. He brings a tremendous attention to detail to every project he manages. He is married and has four children. When not at Baxter Construction running projects, you can probably find Peter skiing since he’s an avid skier and ski racer.
Tom Urbaniak’s love of working with his hands and building things, combined with over 25 years’ experience, brings a wealth of knowledge to Baxter. Tom’s construction career began with a job as a carpenter’s apprentice the summer of his freshman year at Lafayette College. After graduation, he continued to work as an apprentice before pursuing a Master’s in Education at Penn State University. Upon receiving his Masters, he taught elementary school in Fairfax County Virginia. Two years later in 2003, the desire to work with his hands led him to start a remodeling business, which grew into executing projects—including kitchens, bathrooms, and additions—from concept to completion. He’s been in the construction business ever since.
Tom enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He also enjoys boating, fishing, cooking, and the Jersey shore.
Chuck is a man of many skills which translate into the ability to manage Baxter projects with an expert eye and ease. His career started early. At the age of 12, he was an apprentice artisan blacksmith. From there, Chuck’s experience moved to an apprentice electrician, service in the Air Force as a security policeman, and on to college for computer science and engineering. Chuck owned and operated his own company renovating residential homes as well as managing the maintenance department for a major organization that runs group homes for the mentally disabled. Additionally, he has a thermal imaging company which also performs nondestructive testing for water intrusion and heat loss.
Chuck is married and has two sons. He volunteers on the board of directors for the Developmental Disabilities Association of New Jersey and the local school board. He likes to travel and ride his motorcycle.
Project Manager and Sales and Estimating
The depth and breadth of Bonnie’s industry experience is a real benefit to Baxter clients. She understands the process of design, home building and remodeling, and the importance of project management. Bonnie spent the last 19 years in design build companies, honing her skills as a designer. She also worked in sales and marketing, project management, and performed architectural field inspections. Prior to that, Bonnie worked 20 years with architectural firms, designing custom and track homes. Bonnie holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture from NYIT.
Bonnie is married and enjoys gardening, being outdoors, and spending time with her family which includes her cat and big dog.
Director of Marketing
Elizabeth’s lifelong passion for the Garden State comes naturally. Born in the Princeton Hospital, she’s a true New Jersey native who is deeply rooted in her community. She brings to Baxter a powerful combination of experience including marketing and public relations, client relationship building, and new business development. Working with boutique firms in this field has equipped Elizabeth with deep insights into construction, renovation, interior and landscape design, and project management. And, her timeless design sensibility and personal style touches everything she does.
Elizabeth enjoys giving back to her community whenever she can. You can find her under the tent at the Morven Museum and Garden plant sale, volunteering for the Princeton Historical Society, hosting local artists in her gardens, among other charitable organizations she regularly supports.
When Elizabeth isn’t working for Baxter, she can be found knee deep in nature with her camera. One glimpse at her Instagram feed reveals her photography background and unique ability to find beauty around her.
Deana joined Baxter Construction in 2018 with more than 15 years of clerical and administrative experience in a variety of industries, including residential construction.
Born and raised in Hopewell Borough, she moved west to California after graduating from Rutgers University with Bachelor Degrees in both Administration of Justice and Sociology. After eight years in San Diego, she came back to New Jersey to be closer to family and friends. Deana is thrilled to be working in her home town, just down the street from the house she grew up in!
When Deana is not diligently working, she enjoys off shore fishing, collecting sea glass, metal detecting and crochet, but not necessarily in that order. Her dream is to someday write an outdoor, open fire cook book.
Felice joined Baxter Construction in 2012. She also grew up in Princeton and is passionate about the community. She is the former PTO president as well as the Post-prom chair at Central High School.
Felice oversees multiple administrative areas for Baxter Construction and specializes in Marketing. She holds the industry designation of Certified Aging in Place Specialist (CAPS). In addition to working at Baxter, Felice is pursuing a Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy.
In her spare time, she enjoys the beach and is an avid golfer. She is married with four children and two grandchildren.