July 03, Colombo: Sri Lanka Customs Department which celebrated its 200th birthday on June 14 will move to a new building next week.
President Mahinda Rajapaksa will declare open the new state-of-the-art office complex of the Customs Department on July 14th.
Before the official opening, the 11- story building, built near the Charmer's jetty in Colombo Fort and bordered by the Beira Lake on one side, will be open for school students for viewing from 7th July to 12th July.
The new building was constructed at a cost of four billion rupees.
Aside from space for its administrative functions, the building also includes a state-of-the-art auditorium, a restaurant, a museum and car parking facilities.
The 52- meters tall building will have a communication tower of 25- meters height on top of the building.
The new building will have all the high-tech implements. Public addressing system, new telecommunications, data cabling, access controlling and CCTV monitoring are some of the key figures of the building.
Managed through a modern Building Management System (BMS), which controls the entire building by one control room, the building also contains a stylish aluminum facade which underlines its presence as a modern architectural landmark in the city.