BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Today, LSU hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony for a renovated historic building. 

After more than a $26 million dollar restoration project investment, the Huey P. Long Field House opened its doors at the new building for the College of Human Sciences & Education. 

The field house consists of spaces such as an Ochsner Wellness Center, classrooms and laboratories that will help in the areas of exercise physiology, motor behavior, psychological sciences and more. 

James Stampley, a student at LSU and a former athlete, developed a passion for this field and has a focus on bioenergetics adaptations to different exercise interventions, aging populations as well as cardio metabolic disorders.

With the renovated field house, Stampley said he is excited to make a difference with his research. 

“In Louisiana, we have a lot of individuals who are being afflicted by cardio metabolic disorders. So having a space that allows us to conduct research to kind of look for effective interventions to help prevent and help treat these different conditions is tremendous, not only for us as future researchers, but also from the people that benefit from the research that we conduct,” he said. 

Associate Professor of exercise physiology, Guillaume Spielmann, says the investment is not only big for LSU, but for the state. 

“Being a brand new building with brand new facilities is crucial to maintain our position as a research forward and research leading institution. We are able to collaborate with institutions across Louisiana, but also across the U.S. and across the world,” Spielmann said. 

Right now, the field house caters to undergrad and graduate students, but also postdoctoral fellows, and researchers.