SKSI stands for SANDY KEY STRUCTURES INC, which is named after Founder Richard Rifkin’s late mother, Sandra Mae Gokey AKA Sandy Key [1944 - 1994]. Sandy Key was a powerhouse in the Real Estate industry. She built one of the largest mortgage companies in the largest county in Florida, an international commercial Real Estate firm, and developed Real Estate.


SKSI handles your project from concept through permit approval. With SKSI you never have to step foot into the building department. We currently have 5 offices and are expanding throughout the US with high profile locations. During Covid many of our staff are working from home but has the ability to video chat with any staff member.

SKSI has perfected the process from design through permit approval. Our system provides greater consistency and overall competency. SKSI matches project scope with team members with the greatest experience and manages the process expertly. SKSI hires the most competent drafters, designers, architects, engineers and permits expediters to ensure the success of your project.

For 30 years, Richard Rifkin has been designing, financing and developing Real Estate. He founded SKSI in 1990 as a boutique design firm for his and his family’s investment properties. In 2018, SKSI became the first national architectural, engineering and permit expediting firm. Though SKSI Plans & Permits, Mr. Rifkin made it his mission to solve the inconsistencies in the architectural industry.

SKSI is the exclusive on-site architectural firm for Brookfield and Westfield mall locations. Our customers include Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, Rite Aid, Starbucks, Ben & Jerry’s, Chili’s, numerous fitness centers, banks, medical facilities, office buildings, shopping malls, hotels / motels, and beyond. Our residential division is known for turning out some of the cleanest plans in the industry, which help our projects glide through the permit process.



My introduction to creative visualization was probably around the age of 12 as a competitive water skier. In present day, I experience the finished project before I start drawing it. My goal is to reverse engineer the final vision balancing resale value with costs to build. Once I have a clear image in my head of the project’s greatest genetic potential, my purpose becomes making it happen.


I think like an investor because I have been around investors all my life. I grew up in my father and mother’s very successful Real Estate and mortgage offices, which they built from scratch. I bought, designed, and remodeled my first investment property in 1990 at the age of 18. In other words, I’m a multi-generation Real Estate professional with 29 years of personal experience.


It’s not just whether something can get done, I share my opinion whether it should be done. I take projects I believe in. There are a million and one ways a homeowner could lose money from a construction project that started out looking simple. Experience comes with mistakes which teach a great amount of insight.


One critical point every homeowners needs to understand is the tremendous value in working with somebody who has been in their shoes trusting their most valuable asset to a professional. Too often, homeowners don’t see the difference between a skilled drafter with the lowest price and until it’s too late.

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