Roofing & Waterproofing Consultants
CCCA, CCS, QCxP, IIBEC Professional Member
Building Envelope Senior Consultant
Roofing, Wall Systems & Waterproofing
Mr. Hixson formed the applied technical resource consulting company Hixson Consultants, Inc. to provide expert roofing, architectural sheet metal, glazing, windows, doors, storefront, curtain wall, wall system and waterproofing consulting services to the total building envelope and to assist customers with Risk Management of their projects. Since 1975, Mr. Hixson’s experience in roof, wall and waterproofing condition analysis, life-cycle cost analysis, the selection of components and systems designed to remedy the causes for observed problems, budgeting, design specifications and CAD detailing, superior repair techniques and critical path project management have benefited numerous clients. Investigative surveys and new and existing facility projects have included below-grade waterproofing, plazas, masonry, precast, tilt wall, split-face brick and block, metal wall panels, terra cotta, stucco, DEFS, EIFS, balconies, terraces, parking decks, pools and fountains, and all types of both flat and sloped roofing installations. He has considerable experience in architectural sheet metal, metal panel roofing, cold process, torch-grade and peel and stick fully adhered modified bitumen roofing, and vulcanized and thermoplastic roofing.
Mr. Hixson has promoted the benefits of complete submittal review prior to pre-installation meetings, mock-ups, QA monitoring and infrared thermography and dielectric capacitance non-destructive detection of concealed moisture. In addition to these services, Hixson Consultants, Inc. offers leak source discovery investigation and water testing of wall and glazing watertight integrity with AAMA 501.2-03 simple water hose water testing and the more definitive ASTME 1105 and E331 static cyclic pressure chamber water pressure testing.
Most recently, Mr. Hixson was co-owner and founder of Hixson Smith Consultants, Inc. specializing in building envelope applied technical consulting services. Prior to that he was an Associate, and Manager, Roofing and Waterproofing, for BauTech, Inc. Formerly, for over six years, Mr. Hixson was a Sr. Roof Consultant, Roof System Specialist, with Armko Industries, Inc., a Dallas, Texas based consulting/design/distribution firm. From 1991-1993, he was a sales engineer for Engineered Systems concentrating on avoiding and remedying water entry problems in the harsh Pulp and Paper Mill environment. Mr. Hixson received a B.A. in Chemistry from Vanderbilt University in 1973 and is uniquely able to correlate product chemistry to predictable field performance. An active member of Roof Consultants Institute (RCI), he has earned all four of the Construction Specification Industry’s professional designations recognizing many years of construction experience and successful passage of technical proficiency exams.
Glass, Glazing, Storefronts & Curtain Wall Systems
Since 1976 Mr. Cunningham has served the curtain wall and glazing subcontracting industry. After graduating from Southern Illinois University with a Degree in Architectural Technology, he worked with the following excellent glass subcontracting companies: Greer Architectural Products in Houston, Texas, Pritchard Paint and Glass in Charlotte, North Carolina, Masonry Arts in Bessemer, Alabama and Admiral Glass in Houston, Texas.
His considerable experience comes from engineering, project management, estimating and sales in the glass contracting industry. Greg brings a commitment to quality and the knowledge of glazing systems from storefronts to unitized high-end curtain walls and the desire to have a hands on approach on jobsites or existing buildings. Noteworthy projects include Morgan-Keegan Tower in Memphis, Tennessee; the Hyatt DFW Terminal D Hotel in Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas; Phoenix Tower, Houston, Texas; Willis Tower replacements, Chicago, Illinois; University of Texas Institute of Molecular Medicine in Houston, Texas; AmSouth Bank Headquarters in Hoover, Alabama; Third National Bank Building, Nashville, Tennessee; Progressive Life Insurance Additions, Birmingham, Alabama; Freeman Webb Building, Nashville, Tennessee; Westin Airport Hotel in Tampa, Florida and the Wind Creek Resort, Atmore, Alabama.
Roofing, Wall Systems & Waterproofing
Working in the roofing, waterproofing and architectural sheet metal contracting business since 1977, Mr. Wright started in his families’ business as a roofing laborer. Over the years his career evolved to Owner and Principal of a full service roofing / waterproofing contractor serving the governmental, commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-family residential markets. Involvement with small building additions to multiple large manufacturing plant expansion afforded him a unique opportunity to accumulate a considerable wealth of experience with successful construction detailing, management and administration.
Tony is well known for his ability to discover leak origins, his commitment to quality assurance and proving high quality installations begin with preconstruction (including proper flashing and component interface design and delivery). He has earned a strong reputation for attention to detail and courageous leadership that resonates well with our clients and HCI’s core values. Tony earned his bachelor’s degree in Accounting with an emphasis on construction from Auburn University. Tony joined HCI as a Senior Consultant in 2005 and has quickly established himself as an indispensable member of the HCI family.
V.P. of Operations, Sr. Consultant
CMI, CMR, CIT, IIBEC Professional Member, BECxP, CxA+BE
Building Envelope Consultant, Certified Infrared Thermographer
Joining HCI full-time in 2002, Mr. Hixson has certifications in both Mold inspection and Mold remediation. Tyler directs both our Non-destructive Thermographic and Dielectric Capacitance Wall and Roofing Concealed Moisture Detection surveys. Additionally, Tyler is a key individual in HCI’s Quality Assurance program – performing testing and quality assurance monitoring for specialty contractor compliance with specifications and details, and in keeping with generally accepted good industry practice. He has an extensive background with roofing, cladding and sealant condition observation, discovery and reporting.
Tyler’s hands-on experience is enhanced by extensive industry training – including RCI Institute symposiums on Low Slope Roofing Systems, Water Entry Prevention / Moisture Control, Environmental Sustainability / LEED and Fundamentals to Field Application: Issues of Wind and Moisture; and training by American Council of Governmental Industrial Hygienists and certified by the National Association of Mold Professionals.
Mike Ray, Alabama Building Commission EIFS-0700
IIBEC Professional Member
Consultant / Computer Aided Design
Mr. Ray has over 31 years of experience in construction and failure analysis in both the residential and commercial fields as a licensed Home Inspector with the Alabama Department of Construction Management HI-#0006. For the past 6 years, Mike was employed with an engineering firm in Huntsville, Alabama and Birmingham, Alabama. His previous job description required the analysis of structures including the building envelope for building code compliance and extent of damages and repair-ability issues to address wind, hail, lightning, flood and fire damages.
Mike is a key individual in HCI’s Building Envelope Team performing envelope condition assessments, pre-construction plan and submittal reviews, onsite quality assurance monitoring of Roofing, Wall Systems and Waterproofing Projects including monitoring for specialty contractor compliance with specifications and details in keeping with contracts, generally accepted good industry practice and code compliance. Mike manages our CAD delivery – both typical and customized project specific.
Tyler Laymon, RRO
IIBEC Professional Member
Mr. Laymon received his B.A. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in 2009. Starting in the Roofing Industry in 2010, Mr. Laymon began working in the field with a full-service roofing and sheet metal company servicing civil, industrial and government facilities. He worked his way into estimating and project management and then on to become a Technical Representative for a worldwide roofing Manufacturer. Mr. Laymon’s technical knowledge is a result of intense industry training and certifications, including IIBEC’s Registered Roof Observer certification.
Tyler Mayhew, CIT, CEI-TN, IIBEC Professional Member
Mr. Mayhew received a Bachelors of Science in Environmental and Agricultural Technologies Systems Management from North Carolina State University. Mr. Mayhew has worked in the building envelope and environmental consulting industry for the past five years with an engineering firm in Raleigh, NC and Nashville, TN as a Regional Project Manager for the southeast. His experiences cover document review, roofing assessments and assurance observations, waterproofing assessments and specialty testing, window system assessments and specialty testing, façade evaluations and property condition assessments. Mr. Mayhew was a Corporate Safety Officer for the previous firm and has 10 and 40 hour HAZWOPER certifications. Mr. Mayhew is one of two certified EIFS inspectors by AWCI in the State of Tennessee. Mr. Mayhew grew up around construction, working for commercial general contractors and subcontractors as his father has been a general contractor in the industry for 35 years and is what led him to become a Consultant. Firsthand experience in the construction field made Mr. Mayhew realize the importance and value of consulting in the construction industry.
Senior Consultant / Glazing, Fenestration and Wall Systems
Mr. Breighner has 30 years of technical experience in fenestration and building envelope performance testing. He advises fenestration companies at international, national and state levels. He assisted in starting and maintaining new fenestration focused companies. He managed the performance testing laboratories for several window manufacturers and 3rd party test laboratories testing windows, doors, curtain walls, storefronts, sloped glazing products and a variety of other building construction products. His testing expertise includes air infiltration, water penetration, structural loads, forced entry resistance, acoustical and thermal performance for insulated glass as well as curtain wall, mock-up and field testing. Mr. Breighner has led hundreds of mock-up testing investigations of curtain wall, field testing and mock-ups. Additionally, he has led hundreds of on-site field-testing inspection teams throughout the US, which included work at the Empire State Building, the Smithsonian and Old Executive Building at the White House.
Mr. Breighner has insight and knowledge in writing standards specifications for the fenestration industry and has experience chairing codes and standards committees within the fenestration industry including ASTM, AAMA and WDMA. He has assisted many glazing professionals in code compliance with such entities as NFRC, Miami Dade County, ICC, FEMA and Underwriters Laboratories. He has intimate knowledge of all applicable building and installation codes and standards including the International Building Codes (IRC/IBC/CSA), thermal requirements (IECC/NFRC/Energy Star), standards and requirements. His vast experience has included responsibility for window and door product design, product certifications and approvals. He has been called upon in the legal realm several times because of his expertise and familiarity of curtain walls, windows and doors. Mr. Breighner continues to contribute to building envelope science with his relationships and services as a liaison and consultant assisting Architects, Consultants, Contractors, Building Owners and Window and Door Manufacturers navigate fenestration needs.