Chicago, IL 

We were tasked with transforming an old Ford dealership into a children’s daycare facility. Despite deep structural challenges, we employed an imaginative, cost-efficient solution to achieve a full metamorphosis from the inside out. Metal paneling in the school’s colors remediated the crumbling exterior masonry. Interior structures such as a concrete ramp were carefully removed and an outdated wooden ceiling was brought into code compliance. The transformation was completed with the creation of colorful, whimsical hallways and classrooms with original murals for children to experience and enjoy.  



  • 18 classrooms   

  • offices 

  • commercial kitchen 

  • indoor playground 

  • conference rooms 

  • storage 



Client: Northstar Daycare

Architecture: a+c architects 

Interior Design:  a+c architects  

Mechanical / Electrical:  a+c architects 
Structural:  Runde Engineering 

Photography:  Patsy McEnroe Photography 


We are a group of architects and engineers working collaboratively to make a positive impact on the built environment.  From our large light filled studio, we focus our energy on diverse projects, working together to create spaces that will inspire and hold meaning for our clients and the collective community.  Regardless of project type or scale, we see every design as an opportunity to fulfill client goals and fuel our passion for architecture.