(pronounced BIHL-ding kor)
The core of anything – whether it be an apple, a nuclear reactor or a magnetic field – is its “guts,” and this is no different. Think about what makes up the core of a multi-storey building: fire stairs, elevators, mechanical shafts, smoke towers, janitorial closets, plumbing apparatus, restrooms, etc. This vertical space cuts through a towering building, offering essential utilities and services to every floor. Since every tenant in a building uses and, thus, benefits from a building core, the cost of maintaining the core is rolled into their lease. In the construction industry, some manufacturers have gotten very clever and now offer prefabricated building cores to speed the process of construction, cutting overall costs. Pretty cool, huh?