Active Workplace Design – Case Study 2: A Cross Sectional Campus Study

Research Report


Active Buildings


Dr Robyn Creagh, Assoc. Prof. Jonine Jancey, Professor Sarah McGann, Krysten Blackford, Rachel Pages-Oliver, Professor Marian Tye



The report presents findings from a cross-sectional campus study examining the impact of workplace design on sedentary behaviour, by measuring physical activity and sedentary behaviour of office-based workers. An extension of Active Workplace Design, “Case Study 1: A Pre-Post Relocation Study” (2014), the innovation of assimilating and applying both health promotion and architectural research methods drew important connections between aspects of workplace and building design, and movement in the workplace. Recordings within the accelerometer and survey data compared to the building analysis resulted in four key findings: the physical activity and sedentary behaviour pattern of workers matches profiles of other Australian studies and compares poorly to the recommended physical activity and sedentary guidelines for health; territorial and unwelcoming corridors may contribute to workplace sedentary behaviour; well-designed and good quality circulation spaces (corridors and stairs) may support moderate intensity physical activity; and, workers’ values and building design influence the way people choose to move through a building. This study contributed to a growing body of literature drawing important connections between the quality and design of buildings and level of occupant physical activity and sedentary behaviour, and reimagining workplaces as sites that support healthy lifestyles.

How to cite:

Creagh, R., J. Jancey, S. McGann, K. Blackford, R. Pages-Oliver, and M. Tye. Active Workplace Design - Case Study 2: A Cross Sectional Campus Study. Research Report for HBF. Centre for Sport and Recreation Research, Curtin University, Perth. August 2014.


HBF, West Australian Local Government Association (WALGA).