LG Exploratorium in Englewood Cliffs opens as hands-on learning

ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS — Two dozen fourth graders were the first visitors Tuesday to LG Electronics’ Exploratorium, a hands-on learning space inside the company’s North American headquarters designed to let local schoolchildren interact with robotics and other cutting-edge technology.

Construction of the 350,000-square-foot building was completed in 2020, but its opening was delayed by the pandemic. Now, two years later, the company is beginning to welcome visitors and more of the site’s 900 employees to the $300 million headquarters.

“Today we’re excited to open the doors of our home to our neighbors and welcome them to our campus,” said Thomas Yoon, the CEO of LG Electronics North America, at the building’s ribbon cutting Tuesday morning. “We’re paying it forward by inspiring tomorrow’s innovators with a fun, interactive educational space.”

The company bought the 27-acre property at 111 Sylvan Ave., overlooking the Palisades, in 2010, and plans were approved the following year for a 143-foot-tall building, more than four times the normal limit of 35 feet.

But construction was delayed after residents sued the company and the borough contesting the project’s approval, and conservationists lobbied to lower the height of the building, saying the design would breach the tree line and irreversibly alter the view of the Palisades.

After several years of legal wrangling, the company announced in 2015 an agreement with conservationist groups to reduce the height to less than 70 feet. More than 1,500 trees were planted at the campus, and nearly 30% of the building’s electricity is powered by solar energy, company officials said Tuesday.

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