It turns out the giant wood 'n clam isn't so much of a clam after all.
This weekend's Sun unveiled design plans for the project, which appears to be more of an elongated latticed roof than a clamshell. The roof will, however, stretch over Robson Street, covering the outdoor plaza area from the Art Gallery to the waterfall.
It also turns out that the proposed cost for the project is quite a bit lower than originally reported - about 40 million clams, as opposed to the $87 million that was initially mentioned in the Sun.
Among the other facts that we now know - the project won't be completed in time for the 2010 Olympics, although the refurbishment of the lower ice skating rink and plaza will be done in time for the Games
Another plus - an Asia-Pacific Centre will be developed nearby the site, to highlight Vancouver's cultural and economic ties with its trading partners from across the Pacific Rim.
Furthermore, the roof has been designed to incorporate BC wood, as a means of promoting our lumber industry (and hopefully, our ability to produce value-added products, rather than just raw timber).