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York Bridge Concepts Builds a Bridge for Perkins School for the Blind
John's Bridge Spans Perkins Pond

Located 20 minutes outside of Boston in beautiful Watertown, Massachusetts, Perkins School for the Blind is known as an innovative educational leader - serving students who are visually impaired, blind and deaf-blind, including those with additional disabilities, from birth to age 22.

York Bridge Concepts™ was selected for the design and construction of this bridge due to its ability to perceive the individualistic qualities of each project and achieve one-of-a-kind structures that leave lasting legacies. York Bridge™ has combined its talents of their team of expert designers, architects and engineers to perfect the Decero™ approach in design and construction of timber bridges of any capacity and purpose.

With a design inspired by the uniqueness of Perkins students, YBC was able to incorporate intricate hand rails with three different levels to accommodate children of different heights and abilities - maximizing the bridge's familiarity to all of its users.

Children with special mobility needs have access to the lower rail while a standard height rail, meeting ADA standards, and an extended height rail, maintaining a level profile throughout the bridge, were all seamlessly designed for architectural precision and aesthetic enjoyment.

Designed to last up to 50 years with proper care, this timber pedestrian bridge, known as "John's Bridge," can be found spanning the north side of Perkins Pond, integrating a walking path that surrounds almost the entire pond.

The company was excited to be a part of this benchmark addition to the campus of Perkins School for the Blind, adding to the faculty's and students' passion for learning by providing access to alternative tools for continued education. The bridge can be viewed through the pond fence from our main driveway and walkway - the adjective most often used to describe it is magnificent.

About York Bridge Concepts

York Bridge Concepts™ is one of the nation's largest on-site timber bridge builders. YBC works with industry-leading owners and developers on prestigious projects, both domestically and abroad, creating comprehensive crossing solutions. In this competitive real estate market, developers who want to ensure that their project stands apart from the competition use York Timber Bridges to add value and create a feeling of exclusivity, warmth and quality for their customers. Based in Lutz, Florida, with over 28 years of experience, YBC is recognized for its expertise and cutting-edge innovation in timber bridge design and on-site construction. For more information go to

About Perkins

Perkins provides education, services and products to people who are blind, deaf-blind, or visually impaired with other disabilities, to build more productive and meaningful lives. Perkins pursues this mission both locally and globally. Founded in 1829, Perkins reaches more than a half million people each year in 67 countries around the world. The organization advances its mission through its various divisions: School for the Blind, International, Library, eLearning, and Products. Learn more at

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