Peter J. Maruca, a native of Princeton, New Jersey, graduated cum laude from Princeton University with a degree in Art and Architectural History and a minor in American Studies. His senior thesis focusing on the rise of Tudor Revival architecture in the United States in the latter quarter of the 19th century won the Grace May Tilton senior thesis award. Rather than pursuing an academic career, he opted for hands-on experience in architecture and carpentry, working for 10 years with some of the premier residential builders and remodelers in Boston, San Francisco and Philadelphia.
In 1997, he founded Orion General Contractors Incorporated, a boutique construction firm dedicated to providing an exceptional level of craftsmanship and service. Projects range from small jobs to multi-million dollar additions and alterations; Pete's dedication to details (and his mantra to visit "every job every day") have resulted in the highest level of both craftsmanship and service. Orion has received numerous awards, including three Lower Merion Township preservation awards, five regional Home Builder's Association "Pyramid Awards," the 2008 Main Line Builder's Association "Best Residential Remodel Over $1,500,000" and a national "Best of the Best" award for the best whole house green remodel in 2008.
Additionally, Orion was chosen as the Pennsylvania Builder's Association "Remodeler of the Year" for 2008, a fantastic (and unsolicited) honor celebrating the blend of craftsmanship, quality and value that have become Orion hallmarks.
Pete currently sits on the boards of the Philadelphia Ronald McDonald House and the William Trent House in Trenton, New Jersey (c. 1719), a house museum that his maternal grandfather restored under a WPA grant in the 1930s. He is active with the alumni associations of both Princeton University and the Lawrenceville School, having served on committee boards for both institutions. Through Orion, he is a member of the National Association of Home Builders, the Pennsylvania Builder's Association, the Main Line Builder's Association and both the Montgomery/Bucks County HBA and the Chester/Delaware County HBA. His college band, The Usual Suspects, recently reunited after a 25-year hiatus to play a triple bill with Jon Bon Jovi and Joan Jett.
The Orion team is augmented by an office staff of four, which allows for rapid turnaround of estimates and seamless back-office operations. We have four foremen in the field (with an average of over 25 years in the trades) who provide the highest level on on-site supervision and a staff of in-house carpenters who can execute smaller jobs when not involved in larger projects.
Orion also maintains and operates a state-of-the art 2,500 square foot cabinetry and millwork shop near Reading, PA exclusively for our clients. This adds to our arsenal a cost-effective means to replicate moldings, trim and casework and to control production and lead times for any custom built-ins, cabinetry and millwork needed on our projects.