Jul 11, 2011 7:49 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Construction was completed last July on the new, highly touted clinical research building at LSU's Pennington Biomedical Research Center.
One year later, only the first two floors of the four-story building are occupied, and there are no set plans to open the rest of the $25 million facility.
Donna Ryan, Pennington associate executive director for clinical research, tells The Advocate the center's struggles are largely invisible to the general public.
When new Pennington Executive Director Steven Heymsfield was hired last April, he knew there were some budget issues.
Heymsfield is optimistic that Pennington is on the verge of receiving more assistance to get back on track.
Ryan said the goal is to grow Pennington's overall budget to $90 million - it is about $55 million now