Year of Completion

1-1-1970

Client

U.S. Steel

Material of interest

Steel

Properties of Materials

First building to use steel as an exterior building material. It has a rust-like appearance due to the exterior application and support material Cor-ten. Cor-ten resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other conditions by forming a coating of dark brown oxidation over the metal, which inhibits deeper penetration and negates the need for painting and costly rust-prevention maintenance over the years.

Material Properties

Material of interest: Steel.

Properties of material: First building to use steel as an exterior building material. It has a rust-like appearance due to the exterior application and support material Cor-ten. Cor-ten resists the corrosive effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other conditions by forming a coating of dark brown oxidation over the metal, which inhibits deeper penetration and negates the need for painting and costly rust-prevention maintenance over the years.

Application

Exterior façade and structure

Climate

Warm Summer Continental

Environmental Response

Durable, Resilient

Keywords

Exterior façade and structure, Warm Summer Continental, Durable, Resilient

Location

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Sources

Manufacturer website: www.ussteel.com/

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Date submitted

6-1-2013

Disciplines

Architecture

U.S. Steel Tower

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