Secretariat for Personal Identification
A state-of-the-art modern office complex was designed to house the Department of Immigration and Emigration as well as the Department of Registration of Persons under one roof. It was a Design & Build project undertaken as a Joint Venture between International Construction Consortium (ICC)-one of the largest Contractors in the country- and DG5. The resulting structure was a twenty storey tower with a floor area of 52 000 sqm. The design also adopted a sophisticated Building Management System (BMS) to streamline operations within the premises.
The structure includes eighteen floors of office space with built-in structured cabling networks and a 500-seat capacity auditorium with audio-visual capability. Vertical circulation is provided by twenty-one elevators and two escalators.
An independent six storey structure of 11300 sqm has been provided within the complex to accommodate a multi-level car park as well as public waiting areas, a canteen and associated kitchen facilities, storerooms and toilets to cater to an estimated 100,000 persons per day who seek the services of the Passport & Identity Card departments. Similarly, another three storey service building has been provided to house a large multi-purpose hall, library, canteen for executive staff and building services.
Within the interior of the main building, the ceiling and floor patterns are directional. The lighting and the glossy floors together work towards funnelling people towards their destinations, thereby preventing congestion due to high foot traffic expected within the building. The finishes and materials have been specified to allow easy maintenance and withstand wear & tear arising from the significant volume of daily pedestrian and visitor traffic.
The building remains a reflection of competence in high-tech and high-security designs.