Word-of-the-Month: Core Drilling

Core Drilling
Core drillings are a fast, accurate, and clean way to drill perfectly rounded holes in concrete walls, floors, and ceilings. The drill pushes through the cement, ground, or other surface with a twisting motion to create the hole. A drill requires a drill bit made of different materials, like diamond, steel, tungsten, or other hard materials, depending on the type of surface being drilled into. The core drilling process accommodates phone lines, plumbing, HVAC ducting, sprinkler systems, and other amenities.

Fun Fact
Core drilling is often used in mineral exploration where the core is several hundred to several thousand feet in length in order to examine mineral percentages and stratigraphic contact points.


Stahl executed several core drillings during the build-out of MSR Design’s new 14,000-square-foot office. The project aimed to create zero-waste during the design, construction, and operation of the space. As a result, the excess concrete blocks resulting from the core drillings were recycled as footing trenches at a different downtown construction site.