The 64-story building is supported by 18 liquid-filled and fireproof columnns; the first structure in the nation to use this technique. The building is completely covered in Cor-Ten Steel which is resistant to the eroding effects of rain, snow, ice, fog, and other weather conditions. Because of the uniqueness of this steel, a dark brown oxidation forms over the surface. The unique oxidation process cut the cost of painting and rust maintenance when used for the structure of buildings. The Cot-Ten steel was manufactured at the U.S. Steel Homestead Works plant just outside of the city.
The name of the building was changed to USX Tower in 1988 and then again to U.S. Steel Tower in 2002. The U.S. Steel Tower is currently the headquarters for the United States Steel Corporation and the site of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. As the tallest building in Pittsburgh, the building is frequently featured in city promos as well as Pittsburgh-themed movies, television shows, and other media. In 1986, Donald Sulkowski and Alan Danko parachuted from the rooftops of the U.S. Steel Tower moments before the start of the Pittsburgh Marathon. The two men were immediately arrested upon landing.