Lighting upgrade planned for Charles Koch Arena

WICHITA, Kan. A cost-saving renovation is on its way to Charles Koch Arena and it's an upgrade you might not immediately notice when you catch your first volleyball or basketball game next year.

The university says work will soon being on the arena's lighting as the metal halide lamps will be replaced with quick-start, energy-efficient LED lamps.

"The life of the fixtures will be much greater, and they will significantly save on energy," the university says. "It is estimated that the payback will be less than 12 years.

Wichita's A&H Electric is the low-bid contractor for the project that is expected to be complete by mid September.

WSU says the total expected cost of the project is a little north of $440,000 and is funded from the university's Physical Plant budget.

"The project will also take the opportunity to replace 61-year-old wiring for future reliability and to construct a truss system that will allow the court lighting to be lowered, allowing convenient lamp replacement," the university says.