Guidepost Montessori Downers Grove

Guidepost Montessori Downers Grove


Location Finders International


925 Ogden Avenue, Downers Grove, IL


Conversion of former retail space into a Montessori daycare


11,850 SF




Soos and Associates, Inc.


Yagla Engineering Services

Guidepost Montessori, operated by Higher Ground Education, is the world’s largest Montessori network, serving over 7,000 families on over 80 campuses across the U.S. and Asia. Their holistic approach “educates the whole child,” providing a knowledge-rich environment that enables social, emotional, and physical development.

Location Finders International (LFI) contracted Helios to build out the new Guidepost Montessori Downers Grove school, making this the seventh Guidepost Montessori school Helios has built. Previously a large retail store, Helios made extensive exterior and interior improvements to the space to transform it into a bright, educational environment typical of Guidepost’s light and friendly schools. The interior work included building ten classrooms, a kitchen/staff room, an office, a storage area, a reception area, and restrooms. The exterior work included landscaping improvements, four playground areas, and a façade enhancement. The final result was an airy, calming daycare that will serve the growing community in Downers Grove for years to come.

Helios has completed six Guidepost Montessori locations to date, including other national locations in Alexandria, VA; Naperville (downtown), IL; Naperville (Southwest), IL; West Loop, Chicago; and Wicker Park, Chicago.

Key Features

  Custom millwork heavily incorporated throughout

  New HVAC, electrical, plumbing, flooring, fire suppression systems, security system, and lighting

  New storefront and windows throughout