I've got a corner of the garage setup as a black and white darkroom you're welcome to visit.
It's about fifteen minutes down the coast from the city, don't know if you wanted to drive that far.
Can do film speed/dev time tests. I use trays for 4x5 and Nikor tanks for rolls. I've got some potassium bromide we can try to rescue some of that expired paper. My favorite film is Panatomic-X, we can see how your batch compares with mine that I know is good. It might be a good idea to bring a friend.
At least you can get that senior project out of the way. There'll be no charge.