B&N is one of two firms prequalified to serve the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility (AWWU) through an Asset Management Master Services Agreement (MSA). B&N assisted AWWU with the redevelopment of a business case evaluation (BCE) process that is now being implemented across the utility on every capital project in AWWU’s six-year Capital Improvement Program (CIP). This included the preparation of a BCE Guidelines Manual that outlines the process in detail, including roles and responsibilities, and guidance for completing BCEs. BCE training was administered by B&N for AWWU project managers and many of the utility’s consultants. B&N reviewed over 110 BCEs during the summer of 2017 and helped AWWU evaluate additional projects for its 2018-2023 CIP.
B&N also assisted AWWU by developing a valve exercise program pilot and an update to its CIP prioritization process. Alternative CIP prioritization methods were designed to allow AWWU to evaluate a variety of project types, including planning, IT, design and construction projects across a range of water and wastewater asset types. Each prioritization method was designed to allow the projects’ value to be normalized on a cost/benefit ratio basis.