Charles Koch Arena, Wichita, Kan., has been a prominent fixture
at Wichita State University (WSU) since its construction in 1953.
The arena, which often is called "the Roundhouse" because of its
circular shape, can accommodate up to 10,572 fans who come to cheer
on the WSU Shockers (the nickname given to early university
students who earned money by shocking, or harvesting, wheat in
The arena was constructed as the University of Wichita Field
House and has since changed names several times. In 2002-03, the
arena underwent a $25 million renovation commonly referred to as
the "Roundhouse Renaissance"; the renovations were sponsored in
part by a $6 million endowment from Charles G. Koch, and the
renovated arena came to be known as Charles Koch Arena.
The renovations did not include reroofing the arena's SBS
polymer-modified bitumen dome roof system—which was installed
in 1991 by Charles E. Mahaney Roofing Co. Inc.,
Wichita—because the existing roof system did not exhibit any
leaks or problems. However, following the renovations' completion
and because of extenuating factors, the roof system...
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