Broker Event for Railtown's Newest Strata Building: BENCH

An Opportunity to buy into the Centre for Innovation & Commerce in the Railtown Design District

Colliers Vancouver, in partnership with Brian Roche and the Rendition team, hosted a broker event at the historic Settlement Building in Railtown, Vancouver, BC. The event included food, drinks, and industry professionals from all over the city. Laurie Schmidt, the zoning consultant on the project made a special appearance to discuss I-4 zoning.

The topic of conversation was around the neighbourhood’s I-4 zoning which can accommodate office and light industrial uses including design, digital production and creative product manufacturing. The retail space can operate as a restaurant, brewery, coffee roaster or showroom, among other uses. The I-4 zoning provides exceptional opportunity for creative, tech, design and fashion companies looking to situate their business in Vancouver’s Innovation & Design District alongside other established brands.

While some businesses have had questions about Railtown’s new I–4 zoning, Laurie was able to demonstrate the variety of allowed uses and how they relate to Vancouver’s evolving tech and design landscape. One question that Laurie addressed was “What exactly is creative product manufacturing?”. He was able to explain the large variety of tech uses that can fit the zoning, which includes but not limited to SaaS, Gaming, AI, and Fintech.

In addition, Laurie spoke about past projects where he was able to navigate the I-4 zoning and ultimately help businesses obtain approval through the city.

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Matt Carlson

Executive Vice President


Matt specializes in advising tenants in leasing, acquiring and financing office properties in Metro Vancouver. He is known by his clients for his work ethic and his ability to develop strategy processes that accomplish their financial and non-financial objectives. In his role at Colliers he has completed nearly 200 real estate transactions accounting for approximately $500 million in value.

‚ÄčOutside of Colliers, Matt volunteers with the United Way, is the Co-Chair of a non-profit technology organization and is an advisor/mentor to young entrepreneurs.

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Adam Mitchell

Associate Vice President | Industrial


After working in the technology industry in client services and sales, Adam Mitchell joined Colliers in 2010. His background and experience in delivering customer centric solutions for clients has proved to be a valuable asset. Using a systematic approach, Adam spends time exploring aspects of client business that are not traditionally associated with the real estate decision but that we have found bring great value.

Since joining Colliers, Adam’s focus has been working with users on a mandate basis both to acquire real estate and structure leases. In addition, Adam also leverages his education and experience in marketing to assist institutional and private landlords market their space for lease and sale. He is known by his clients for his work ethic, attention to detail and client first approach, ensuring the client’s needs are always at the forefront.

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Christopher O'Neill

Senior Associate


Christopher graduated from Queen's University in 2016, earning a Bachelors of Commerce with a focus in Marketing and Finance.

Christopher joined Colliers in 2017 and became a member of the Western Canadian Acceleration Program, bringing with him experience in Office Leasing as well as Hotel development.

Since starting at Colliers, Christopher has gained experience in strata sales and has specialized in his work by joining the National Tech Practice Group where he works with occupiers in the tech sector to plan their long-term real estate strategies. 




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Robin Macdonald



Robin specializes in office sales and leasing throughout downtown Vancouver, the Broadway corridor, and Burnaby. He represents technology companies in finding office space that improves their business output. Robin combines his understanding of the local  markets with a creative understanding of specific business needs to increase  his client's potential.

Robin graduated from the Simon Fraser University Economics program. He spent a summer as the National Marketing and Communications Intern at Colliers, gaining valuable perspective of client expectations and market trends before joining the Broker Acceleration Program in 2019.

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