Piping Hot Toast Omaha Office is Wired to Serve up POS Success for Omaha Restaurants
Restaurant Point of Sale (POS) tech company Toast made headlines when it announced it would be building its first U.S.-based office outside of Boston in Omaha. Miller Electric provided commercial electrical services including wiring, lighting, communications cabling and security system installation for the Toast Omaha office location.
After about a year of work across four floors, the Toast Omaha office is wired to power business growth for restaurants.
Miller Electric Wires New Toast Omaha Office
The Toast Omaha office was in pretty good shape when Toast acquired it. With the space already in the open concept format the POS tech company wanted, Miller Electric came in to complete its wiring, lighting, workstation power and communication cabling needs.
“Our redesigning of the space included changing paths of egress to keep within code and changing how some of the existing lighting loads were previously designed,” says Mike Green, Electrical Field Manager for Miller Electric. “Without drawings to work from, we worked closely with the general contractor and the customer to design a training room, conference rooms and large break rooms.”
A lack of specs can make it more challenging to provide an appropriate amount of power to meet a customer’s current and future electrical needs. However, beyond that, this project was fairly straightforward.
“The ironic thing about this particular project,” says Miller Electric Custom Commercial Operations Manager Charlie Graeve, “is that while the company itself is very cutting-edge and the tech they provide Omaha restaurants is extremely sophisticated, the electrical services telecommunications powering the Toast Omaha office are fairly straightforward.”
Miller Electric Low Voltage Manager Adam Goodwin says being able to reuse the location’s existing cable, which Miller was able to confirm was up to code and appropriate for reuse in this context, made work move fast. The previous tenant had a high quality telecommunications cabling infrastructure that Miller Electric was able to reuse. “From a low voltage standpoint, the work itself was pretty straightforward, which allowed our guys to move fast and work extremely clean. We were able to put office furniture in place and set up the security system pretty easily.”
Reusing existing cabling allowed Miller Electric to give the customer significant savings.
Between electrical and low voltage team members, Miller Electric had about four to six employees working on the Toast Omaha office at a time. With four floors to wire, Miller’s crew was able to complete the work required for each floor in about 8 to 10 weeks’ time.
Design Build Approach Helps Manage Expectations, Make Adjustments
As is common with many commercial office projects, Miller Electric used BIM and CAD technology on the Toast Omaha job to facilitate a faster and more cost-effective installation, verify required code clearances and determine the proper location of piping and cabling.
“With BIM, our electricians can respond quickly to changes clients make to plans, even when those changes come mid-project,” says Graeve. “From running the workstation power and communications cabling to establishing wireless access points and relocating circuits, our guys did a great job getting the Toast Omaha office ready to open.”
With Light Remodel Nearly Complete, Toast Omaha Ready for Business
Toast says its restaurant-centric POS platform sets it apart from its competition, some of which operates here in Omaha. Its POS system takes payments, manages inventory, keeps time sheets, manages gift cards and loyalty programs, allows remote access and more.
With a focus on coffee shops, bars, ice cream parlors, delis and other hospitality-focused establishments, Omaha restaurants and restaurants everywhere, now have another tech platform to help them serve up satisfying experiences.