Ottawa intends to spend $17 million to upgrade the federal prison in Springhill.

“The tenders have been called and the work is expected to be completed in 2012,” said prison spokesperson Shannon Oickle.

Oickle said the project includes the construction of two new housing units within the prison’s perimeter to handle 192 additional inmate spaces.

The project will put a new face on the medium-security prison and represents the first major infrastructure renewal at the institution in several years.