Construction Begins on Home Lost in Fire from San Bruno Gas Line Explosion

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Last September, a PG&E gas line explosion and subsequent fire in San Bruno leveled many family homes and severely damaged others. Construction has already begun on one family’s new home, designed by San Francisco architect Andre Rothblatt.

Construction is underway on a new San Bruno home that will replace one lost in the PG&E gas line explosion.

The San Bruno Planning and Building Departments made good on their promise to expedite the usually cumbersome review process

On September 9, 2010, a PG&E gas line exploded in the quiet San Bruno neighborhood of Glenview, sending a column of flames a thousand feet in the air and swiftly swallowing up nearby houses. 38 homes were lost, and many others damaged. One family decided to make the most of a bad situation, and commissioned San Francisco residential architect Andre Rothblatt to design a five bedroom, four bath, two-story home to replace their three bedroom, two bath, single-story home that had burned to the ground. Construction has just begun, and is on track to be finished before the end of the year.

The rapid progress on building the new home for the two parents and four children whose house was lost in the San Bruno fire has been possible thanks to a commitment from all parties to expedite the process in order to help the family’s life get back to normal.

Architect Andre Rothblatt expedited the design process of the craftsman-style home in order to accelerate the project deadlines.

The City of San Bruno waived many of the usual permit fees, and was instrumental in pushing the permit approval process through in a timely manner. “Building approvals that may have taken up to six months under the standard permiting process now will be completed in a matter of three months or less in Glenview,” stated the City, and they adhered to that commitment.

“The San Bruno Planning and Building Departments made good on their promise to expedite the usually cumbersome review process,” said Rothblatt. “I was amazed how quickly they reviewed and ultimately approved the drawings.”

J.K. Construction, a Daly City general contractor, was awarded the contract to build the new home. “J.K. Construction is proud to be a part of the rebuilding of San Bruno. Our team is committed to building more comfortable homes using industry leading green building practices,” they stated. They hope to complete the house in seven months.

For more information about development on rebuilding the San Bruno home or any of Andre Rothblatt’s services, call him at (415) 503-9655 or visit his website at

About Andre Rothblatt Architecture
Andre Rothblatt Architecture is an award-winning San Francisco architecture firm located in the San Francisco Design Center. Rothblatt graduated from UC Berkeley with a BA in Architecture in 1983 and has been actively involved in professional practice for more than 20 years. Formerly a licensed building contractor, he established his San Francisco residential architecture office in 1993. His work has been published in Sunset Magazine, House Beautiful, and Fine Homebuilding, as well as featured on HGTV.


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