Re: smoke and mirror
Cockroaches? In which building? Please tell me so I can report it to facilities management. Would be a little odd though; I was in 061 week before last (education center, generally regarded as the worst building in RTP) and although it's a little old now, the facilities were clean and well maintained with not a cockroach in sight. Although I spent the majority of the week in and around Hatteras, Roanoke and Chimney Rock, I did have the opportunity to tour most of the facility including 001, 002, 062, 500 and 205 whilst holding breakout sessions. Not a cockroach to be seen, and everybody there seemed to be pretty clean.
There were also stationery cupboards scattered around the place at various intervals; well stocked with all the items you just mentioned. If your building is short a few marker pens or white board markers, I suggest heading over to 061 from 002 (go indoors rather than across the quadrangle), and keep an eye out for the (open) stationery cupboards from which you can borrow if you ask nicely.
Still and all; cockroaches. Wow. In a country with more lawyers (and lawsuits) per capita than any other country in the world, and you haven't thought about filing one regarding your hovel-like work conditions? You must be pretty wealthy, because if there actually WERE cockroaches, you'd make a fortune.
But of course they're the special, shy kind which only come out when nobody's looking.