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Kevin McIver

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  • Virginia

Old Mill Kennel


Acoustical Solutions installed AlphaSorb® Acoustic Panels at Old Mill Kennel in Northern Virginia. These panels reduced the noise in the facility, which kept the dogs calmer and happier.

Application Introduction:

At Old Mill Kennel in Leesburg, Virginia, residents drop off their pets when the owners are going out of town. Owner Mike Edelheit takes every precaution to make sure the kennel is comfortable for all the animals in residence.

“This isn’t a shelter, this is a hotel,” says Edelheit, “we do everything we can to keep these dogs happy. It’s not a sales tactic… it’s a moral obligation.”

Edelheit’s attitude toward his furry boarders has attracted many notable pet owners to his business, including a Redskins player and politicians from neighboring Washington, DC.

Recently, Edelheit began researching ways to reduce noise in the two long buildings where he keeps the dogs while indoors. When one dog would start barking, it reverberated off the bare walls and cathedral ceiling, disturbing the other dogs, whom in turn would also start barking.

Treatment Provided:

Acoustical Solutions recommended and installed AlphaSorb® Acoustic Panels on the sides and top of each dog’s kennel, and in the cathedral ceiling. This interrupted the reverberation of sound waves by absorbing noise from barking rather than reflecting and amplifying it.

AlphaSorb® Acoustic Panels are custom made to shape and size, up to 4′ x 10′. They are also available in many lines of designer acoustical fabric.

They also have a Noise Reduction Coefficient (NRC) of up to 1.30 in the audible frequency range, meaning they absorb virtually all of the sound energy that reaches them.


The barking that occurred in the larger space was not only quieter after acoustical treatment, but the dogs actually barked less.

I am very happy with the results. We started with this small front room a month back and immediately decided to do the two larger spaces. The dogs actually seem calmer where you installed the panels. They don’t get worked up as easily,” said Edelheit.