Our experience shines through in the design phase

At Brin Glass Company we bring your designs to life. Although it is an architect’s job to design a building concept, they cannot be experts in every sub-specialty of construction. At Brin, our glazing expertise elevates your commercial construction planning to a new level.

One advantage of working with Brin is our in-depth grasp of construction best practices that specifically relate to architectural glass and metal. Our commercial design team can ensure your concept is workable in a real-world glazing scenario.We take variables such as material availability, wind load, and other structural or environmental factors into consideration,while also suggesting efficiencies that meet your design intent.

For example, how much concrete embedment is needed to support a 20-foot-high glass and aluminum storefront? Are there building code restrictions that could impact your plans for a sloped glass roof? What is the ideal thickness of tempered glass to specify for your interior accent wall? These are questions that a seasoned partner like Brin is best equipped to answer.

Commercial builders appreciate Brin as a partner who is:

  • Consultative. Brin comes alongside customers on their commercial building journey. Our focus is not upselling or adding complexity to your project. We want to bring efficiencies to your process by sharing what we know works—and also what doesn’t work—when it comes to architectural glass and metal design.
  • Knowledgeable. We are one of the longest continually operating glass companies in the Midwest. This means Brin has over a century of experience making wise recommendations and finding solutions that make the most sense for our customers. This level of industry knowledge allows us to transform even the most preliminary sketch into a functional, buildable plan for your glass or metal construction materials.
  • Budget-conscious. Brin understands the financial implications of getting behind schedule on a construction project. The larger the project, the more risk of setbacks and a domino effect on timelines for other phases of work to be completed. We help minimize those risks for our customers with proactive planning throughout the entire design process.
  • Ready to tackle details. Do you need an energy-efficient glass coating solution that reduces the heat build-up in your structure? Is your site a good candidate for bird-safe glass? What are the thermal performance requirements of your curtain wall design? Let Brin help with glazing insights that will free up your time to focus on other aspects of the building design.
  • Focused on you. Your building has a distinct purpose, and we respect that. Brin’s participation in the design process is not about showcasing our products or packing more glass and metal into your enclosure envelope. Instead, we put the needs of our customers first. Brin wants to help you achieve your design goals with a finished product you can be proud of.

We Calculate

From day one, Brin adds immense value by ensuring your architectural glass and metal designs are workable. We convert big-picture plans into precisely measured puzzle pieces that fulfill your design intent while maintaining the structural integrity of the opening. Our knowledgeable team includes specialists in glass and aluminum fabrication, construction project management, installation management, and logistics. Whether you need us at the rough-concept stage or after blueprints are drawn, rely on Brin’s glazing design team to ensure the finished product will be everything you envisioned.

We Clarify

A big part of the pre-construction process is getting everyone aligned around the builder’s vision for the project. Brin helps foster this alignment through clear and consistent communication with all trade partners. We fill information gaps about performance requirements, logistics, and feasibility of glass and aluminum designs. Brin takes the initiative to clarify up-front details and set realistic parameters that builders can trust us to meet.


Is there a commercial or residential development project on your horizon that requires interior or external glass? Involve Brin early in the process to jump-start production and access our full range of capabilities—design, fabrication, distribution, installation, and service—throughout your project’s life cycle.

We Collaborate

Based on our vast experience working with a variety of sub-contractors, Brin knows why it’s important to include their perspectives in our earliest design and construction sequencing conversations. For example, our holistic approach considers how window design changes could impact structural framers, masonry workers, electricians or other trade partners. By proactively working to maintain collaborative relationships and solve problems before they start, Brin helps you avoid unnecessary headaches and delays.

BRAINSTORM WITH BRIN. We bring clarity and integrity to the design phase.